Your guide to the MLS, part 2

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The opening day yesterday saw defending MLS Cup holders Toronto swept aside by Columbus Crew and there were impressive wins for Houston and San Jose. Today’s games include home openers for Seattle and Vancouver and if you fancy a late night Sporting KC and LA Galaxy kick off early Monday morning in the UK.

If you missed part 1 you can catch up here. Part 1 looked at the teams in the Eastern Conference and today we will be looking at the West. If you still don’t have a team to follow then what are you waiting for? Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter where you will find our MLS team selector.

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Colorado Rapids

Founded – 1995

Stadium – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Honours – MLS Cup 2010;

Notable players past or present – Tim Howard

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FC Dallas

Nickname – Toros, Hoops, Burn

Founded – 1995 (as Dallas Burn)

Stadium – Toyota Stadium

Honours – Supporters’ Shield 2016;

Notable players past or present – Carlos Ruiz, Blas Perez

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Houston Dynamo

Nickname – Orange Crush, Las Naranjas

Founded – 2005

Stadium – BBVA Compass Stadium

Honours – MLS Cup 2006, 2007;

Notable players past or present – DeMarcus Beasley

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LA Galaxy

Founded – 1994

Stadium – StubHub Center

Best place finish – MLS Cup 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014; Supporters’ Shield 1998, 2002, 2010, 2011;

Notable players – David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole

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Los Angeles FC

Nickname – LAFC

Founded – 2014

Stadium – Banc of California Stadium

Notable players past or present – Carlos Vela

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Minnesota United FC

Nickname – The Loons

Founded – 2015

Stadium – TCF Bank Stadium

Notable players past or present – Christian Ramirez

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Portland Timbers

Nickname – The Timbers

Founded – 2009

Stadium – Providence Park

Honours – MLS Cup 2015;

Notable players past or present – Fanendo Adi, Sebastian Blanco

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Real Salt Lake

Nickname – Claret and Cobalt

Founded – 2004

Stadium – Rio Tinto Stadium

Honours – MLS Cup 2009;

Notable players past or present – Javier Morales, Alvaro Saborio

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San Jose Earthquakes

Nickname – Quakes, The Goonies

Founded – 1994 (as San Jose Clash)

Stadium – Avaya Stadium

Best place finish – MLS Cup 2001, 2003; Supporters’ Shield 2005, 2012;

Notable players – Chris Wondolowski

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Seattle Sounders FC

Nickname – Sounders

Founded – 2007

Stadium – Century Link Field

Honours – MLS Cup 2016; Supporters’ Shield 2014;

Notable players past or present – Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins

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Sporting Kansas City

Nickname – Wizards

Founded – 1995 (as Kansas City Wiz)

Stadium – Children’s Mercy Park

Honours – MLS Cup 2000, 2013; Supporters’ Shield 2000;

Notable players past or present – Predrag Radosavljevic (known as Preki)

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Vancouver Whitecaps

Nickname – Caps, Blue and White

Founded – 2009

Stadium – BC Place

Notable players past or present – Camilo, Robert Earnshaw

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