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Major League Soccer is a men's professional soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer that represents the sport's highest level in both the United States and Canada and constitutes one of the major professional sports leagues in both countries. The North American league comprises 23 MLS teams from - 20 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada.
Major League Soccer's regular season runs from March to October. Teams are geographically divided into the Eastern and Western Conferences, playing 34 games in an unbalanced schedule. For 2018, with 23 teams, each team plays 23 games against teams in its conference and 11 games against teams from the opposite conference. Midway through the season, teams break for the annual All-Star Game, an exhibition game between the league's most excellent players and a major club from a different league. At the end of the regular season, the team with the highest point total awarded the Supporters' Shield.
David Beckham is one of the most popular players to play the sport. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is another. Players usually compete in the national team first. Some MLS teams include Los Angeles FC, Columbus Crew, New York City FC, Montreal Impact, Atlanta United FC, Real Salt Lake all trying for the MLS playoff and home games to have the advantage of the crowd.
Unlike most major soccer leagues around the world, but similar to other leagues in the Americas, the MLS regular season followed by a postseason knockout tournament. 12 teams participate in the MLS Cup Playoffs in November, which concludes with the MLS Cup championship game in early December. Attendance is over 150 million per year in North America. With expansion teams often added a designated player could find themselves on a new side.