2015 Major League Soccer season

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The 2015 Major League Soccer season featured 20 total clubs (17 based in the United States, 3 based in Canada).wikipedia
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MLS Cup 2015

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The regular season was held from March 6 through to October 25, whereas the MLS Cup Playoffs began on October 28 and ended with MLS Cup 2015 on December 6.
The match was to determine the champion of MLS' 2015 season.

New York City FC

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It was the first season for expansion teams Orlando City SC and New York City FC, who both joined the Eastern Conference, while both the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.
New York City began play in 2015, as the twentieth overall expansion team of the league.

New York Red Bulls

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At the end of the regular season, the New York Red Bulls of the Eastern Conference won the Supporters' Shield, while the team on top of the Western Conference was FC Dallas.
The club has won three regular season Supporters' Shield titles in 2013, 2015 and 2018, and has also twice reached the final of the U.S. Open Cup in 2003 and 2017, losing on both occasions.

Expansion of Major League Soccer

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Orlando is a new market for MLS, which returns to Florida for the first time since folding their Miami and Tampa Bay franchises before the 2002 season; the Lions' ownership previously owned Orlando's team that played in the league then known as USL Pro from 2010–2014, a team that relocated to Louisville for the 2015 season of the rebranded United Soccer League.

Fox Sports (United States)

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The 2015 season saw the launch of a new United States television and media rights deal with English-language ESPN and Fox Sports and Spanish-language Univision Deportes.
In subsequent years, it has televised the National Hockey League (1994–1999), Major League Baseball (1996–present), NASCAR (2001–present), Bowl Championship Series (2007–2010), Major League Soccer (2015–present), the USGA Championships (2015–present) and NHRA (2016–present).

FC Dallas

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At the end of the regular season, the New York Red Bulls of the Eastern Conference won the Supporters' Shield, while the team on top of the Western Conference was FC Dallas.
Dallas finished in first place in the Western Conference in 2015.

Supporters' Shield

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The defending MLS Cup champions were the LA Galaxy, while Seattle Sounders FC were the defending Supporters' Shield winners.

Real Salt Lake

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Despite a five-game unbeaten start to the 2015 season, the team eventually began to struggle in the standings, coupled with a loss to Sporting Kansas City in the semi-finals of the 2015 Open Cup.

Eastern Conference (MLS)

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It was the first season for expansion teams Orlando City SC and New York City FC, who both joined the Eastern Conference, while both the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.

Portland Timbers

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The Portland Timbers won their first MLS Cup, winning 2–1 at Columbus Crew SC.
Winners: 2015

Western Conference (MLS)

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It was the first season for expansion teams Orlando City SC and New York City FC, who both joined the Eastern Conference, while both the Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City moved from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.

Sebastian Giovinco

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This resulted in a high-profile move to MLS side Toronto FC in early 2015, in a deal which made him the league's highest paid player.

2014 Major League Soccer season

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Chivas USA folded at the end of the 2014 season.

Jeff Larentowicz

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Larentowicz's option wasn't picked up by Chicago at the end of the 2015 MLS season.

Philadelphia Union

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First red card of the season: Bobby Burling for Colorado Rapids against Philadelphia Union, 68 minutes (March 7, 2015) - Second yellow card

Matt Hedges

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For the 2015 MLS season, he was named to the Best XI and as a finalist for Defender of the Year.

Kaká

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Until Orlando entered the league in 2015, Kaká was loaned to his first club São Paulo, which he called "really satisfying."

CenturyLink Field

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The team averaged 44,247 spectators in the 2015 MLS season.

David Villa

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Despite Villa's prolific performances, which saw him score 18 goals during the 2015 MLS regular season, New York City did not qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs in their inaugural campaign.

Jason Kreis

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The club finished with a 10–17–7 record in the regular season placing 8th in the Eastern Conference, failing to make the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Kei Kamara

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Because he was released by Middlesbrough after the 2014 MLS roster freeze, he would not be able to appear for the Crew until the 2015 Major League Soccer season.

Ethan Finlay

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Finlay had a breakout year in the 2015 Major League Soccer season, finishing the season with 10 goals and 13 assists

Jay Heaps

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However, in 2015, the team was eliminated from playoff contention in the knockout round, and in 2016, they failed to qualify entirely.