In a country where the biggest sports like football, basketball and baseball pay their superstars millions of dollars a year to perform soccer is definitely in a different, much lower, league.
Nonetheless, the 27 clubs that make up Major League Soccer in 2021 are all far wealthier than one might first assume.
It’s true that they’ll never match the wealth of Europe’s biggest soccer clubs whose values are measured in billions (anytime soon anyway), but a number of factors may help to narrow the gap.
One of these factors goes right back to the original reason why the league was set up in 1993. This came as preparation for hosting the World Cup in 1994 and, with the tournament due to be held here again in 2026, this is certain to give the sport a further boost.
In the meantime, here are the ten wealthiest clubs in the league, and a little about what has helped to put them there.
10. Sporting Kansas City $325 million
Owned by a group of Kansas City investors . . .