The Seattle Sounders, who will play their home opener on Friday against FC Kansas City, were founded by their namesake, George Costanza.
In 2012, they reached the MLS Cup Final, but they fell to the New York Red Bulls in the semifinal.
The Sounders, whose owner, Peter Holt, is an MLS commissioner, have a long history in the sport.
Since they joined the league in 2011, they have won five league titles and six Eastern Conference titles.
This season they are trying to add a fourth title to their already impressive resume, as they will host FC Kansas, the MLS champion.
But how do they begin?
The Sounders have been the reigning MLS Cup champions since 2010.
They were the only team to win that title.
In 2014, they went to the Final against the Chicago Fire.
The Seattle Fire won that match, 3-2, to clinch the MLS Shield.
In 2017, they won the Eastern Conference title against the New England Revolution.
The first-place finishers in the East in 2017 are Toronto FC, who won the Supporters Shield, and New York City FC, which is tied for second place.
Seattle was second in the Eastern conference last year, but that was the first time they were below the Eastern playoff group in the standings.
The second-place team in the league is New York.
That would be the New Jersey Red Bulls.
The Red Bulls beat the New Orleans Saints in the conference finals in 2018, but the New Yorkers won the East and advanced to the MLS Playoffs.
It was the last time the Sounders faced New York in the playoffs.
The league’s top-ranked team this year is the New Year’s Day champion FC Dallas.
They are tied for third in the Western Conference, but their opponents in the playoff round are the San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids.
This is the first playoff match between the two teams.
FC Dallas will play the defending champions, Sporting Kansas City on Thursday night.
The game will be broadcast live on FS1 and on the Univision Deportes network.
FC Kansas is a division of the Houston Dynamo, the Houston Astros and Kansas City Wizards.
Sporting Kansas has the third-best record in the American League.
FC KC, the team that defeated Sporting Kansas, will play at Kansas City in 2018.
The match will be played in front of 20,000 fans.
The rivalry is the second highest in the world and the teams are scheduled to meet in 2019.
FCKC is coming off a season where they were the league’s runner-up in the Supporters’ Shield race.
This year’s championship was won by FC Kansas over Sporting Kansas.
This rivalry began in 1998.
Kansas City was founded in 1879.
Sporting KC, founded in 1984, is the MLS’s second-division team.
Kansas is the city that hosted the inaugural MLS Cup in 1990, a tournament that was played in Kansas City.
This match is the third match between these two teams this season.
FCKL is the oldest team in MLS history.
They play in Kansas.
The team has been around for 40 years and has won three championships.
FC KS is the smallest team in Major League Soccer.
FCKS is currently tied for fourth in the USL.
The club’s current roster includes two players who were on the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
The most recent addition to the roster is midfielder Maxi Moralez, who joined FCK on a loan deal in June.
The 24-year-old Moralez is expected to start for FCKS this year.
In 2018, FCKS lost the US Open Cup to the Philadelphia Union.
FCKA is the most successful team in USL history.
FCKB, founded by FCKC owners, are one of three American teams in the top four of the USL’s Eastern Conference.
They finished third in 2016.
The other two are Louisville City FC and Louisville Slugger.
The USL has three teams in its regular season.
The top two teams in each division, with the top seeds advancing to the playoffs, are from the Eastern region.
The bottom two teams, with no playoff seeds advancing, are the Western region teams.