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In fairness to Major League Soccer, the league doesn’t really belong on Fun While It Lasted, where we chronicle teams of the past and defunct pro sports organizations. MLS has lost only two franchises in its 18-year history – the Miami Fusion and the Tampa Bay Mutiny were contracted in January 2002. But because our American soccer galleries are among the most popular sections of the site, we’ve included MLS just to be completists. And from an aesthetic standpoint, the league has produced some very attractive programs and media guides over the years.

While the franchises have been stable, the league has abandoned a number of team “brands” over the years. MLS launched in 1996 with highly conceptual identities such as the Burn (Dallas), Clash (San Jose), Metrostars (New York/New Jersey) and Wiz (Kansas City) that seemed dated by the early 21st century. These names have since been revamped and the recent wave of MLS expansion clubs have tended to adopt either European-styled brands (e.g. Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC) or to resuscitate nostalgic brands from the North American Soccer League of the 1970′s (e.g. Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps).

Starting around 2009, MLS and its franchises began migrating towards digital (.PDF) production of media guides. MLS produced its last printed league guide for the 2009 season. A few clubs continue to produce printed team guides as late as 2011, while others, such as the famed Los Angeles Galaxy club, have now gone digital only.   For an definitive guide to MLS publications, we recommend Tony Passero’s  MLS Archives fan site.

As always, guides are listed in chronological order, oldest first. Some of these may be available in our e-Bay store on any given day. Click on a picture to find out if we have it in stock.

1996 Major League Soccer Media Guide

1996 Colorado Rapids

1996 Columbus Crew

1996 Dallas Burn

1996 D.C. United

1996 Kansas City Wiz

1996 Los Angeles Galaxy

1996 New England Revolution

1996 New York-New Jersey MetroStars

1996 San Jose Clash

1996 San Jose Clash

1996 San Jose Clash

1997 Major League Soccer Media Guide

1997 Colorado Rapids

1997 Columbus Crew

1997 New England Revolution

1998 Columbus Crew

1998 D.C. United

MLS Media Guides

1998 Miami Fusion

1999 Major League Soccer Media Guide

1999 Dallas Burn

1999 MetroStars

1999 Miami Fusion

1999 New England Revolution

MLS Media Guides

2000 MetroStars

2000 Miami Fusion

2000 New England Revolution

2000 Tampa Bay Mutiny

2001 Miami Fusion

2001 New England Revolution

2001 Tampa Bay Mutiny

MLS Media Guides

Major League Soccer Media Guides

2003 Columbus Crew

2003 Dallas Burn

2003 Kansas City Wizards

2003 Los Angeles Galaxy

2003 MetroStars

2004 Dallas Burn

2004 New England Revolution

2004 San Jose Earthquakes

2005 Chivas USA

2005 Columbus Crew

2005 D.C. United

2006 Chicago Fire

2006 F.C. Dallas

2006 Houston Dynamo

2006 New England Revolution

2007 Chicago Fire

2007 Chivas USA

2007 Columbus Crew

2007 FC Dallas

2007 Houston Dynamo

2007 Kansas City Wizards

2007 Real Salt Lake

2007 Toronto FC

2008 FC Dallas

2008 Houston Dynamo

2008 Kansas City Wizards

2008 New England Revolution

2008 Red Bull New York

2008 Real Salt Lake

Major League Soccer Media Guides

2009 San Jose Earthquakes

2009 Seattle Sounders

2010 D.C. United

2010 Los Angeles Galaxy

2010 Seattle Sounders

2011 Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer Media Guides

2012 Portland Timbers

2012 Seattle Sounders

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April 9th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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