Major League Soccer (MLS) franchises are worth $103 million on average, up 175 per cent in value over the last five years.
In 2008 the average MLS franchise was valued by Forbes at $37 million, with LA Galaxy topping the charts at an estimated $100-million worth. The latest Forbes valuation ranks the Seattle Sounders top at $175 million in 2012, knocking Galaxy down to second place with a $170-million worth.
With last year’s revenue at $48 million and an operating income of $18.2 million, the Sounders boosted its valuation by 483 per cent compared to 2009.
Portland Timbers ($141 million), Houston Dynamo ($125 million), Toronto FC ($121 million), New York Red Bulls ($114 million), Sporting Kansas City ($108 million) and Chicago Fire ($102 million) all surpassed the $100-million valuation mark.