Forbes released today its fifth-ever franchise valuations for Major League Soccer – the 20 teams have a total value of approximately $4.46 billion, with the average team now worth $223 million, up 20% from last year.
The LA Galaxy have surpassed the Seattle Sounders FC as the league’s most valuable team. Previously, Seattle had held the top spot since 2013. Rounding out the top 5 are Toronto FC (No. 3), New York City FC (No. 4) and Orlando City SC (No. 5).
FC Dallas found themselves in 14th, up one spot from 2016’s list. The value of the franchise went up from $150 million to roughly $185 million, with revenue increasing from $24 million to $30 million.
The club continues to operate in the red however. Last year Forbes estimated they were losing around $3 million to this year where they’ve improved to only losing around $2 million.
Naturally these lists and valuations should be taken with a grain of salt. I’m sure the value is increasing as the team continues to build the National Soccer Hall of Fame to Toyota Stadium and with the increased amount being poured into the academy teams.
Our old pal Steve Fenn has a good graphical representation of how the entire league looks (they didn’t include Minnesota or Atlanta by the way).
Take the Forbes MLS financial numbers with a grain of salt, but if you find them interesting, here's a simple visual presentation: pic.twitter.com/VtzTfJxfL1— Steve Fenn (@StatHunting) August 16, 2017
What do you make of Forbes’ latest list? Think the value fits FCD? Should they be valued higher than other clubs in MLS?