MLS standings, schedule, scores, updated top scorers and playoffs race for 2022 season

There are 28 teams in Major League Soccer all harboring dreams of hoisting the 2022 MLS Cup trophy in the championship game on Nov. 5. But it’s going to take qualifying for the playoffs first.

The MLS regular season, featuring the debut of new expansion team Charlotte FC, started on Feb. 26. By the time it concludes on Oct. 9, only 14 teams will be left with a chance to contend for the title.

New York City FC (NYCFC) are the reigning MLS Cup champions and aim to defend their crown in a tough Eastern Conference. The New England Revolution logged the most points in the 2021 regular season to claim the Supporters’ Shield, but after a disappointing playoff exit against NYCFC, the Boston-based side will be seeking redemption.

Off to the best start this season is LAFC, which has collected the most points per game of any team so far. But it’s the NY Red Bulls (East) and last year’s expansion side Austin FC (West) which have the surprise lead in their respective conference. 

Schedules, results, standings, and scorer tables below are updated as of matches on Saturday, April 30.

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MLS 2022 upcoming schedule

Saturday, April 30

Match  
Houston Dynamo 1, Austin FC 2 Highlights
Toronto FC 1, FC Cincinnati 2 Highlights
RSL 1, LA Galaxy 0 Highlights
CF Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1 Highlights
Columbus Crew 3, D.C. United 0 Highlights
New England 2, Inter Miami 0 Highlights
Orlando City 2, Charlotte FC 1 Highlights
Chicago Fire 1, NY Red Bulls 2 Highlights
Sporting KC 2, FC Dallas 2 Highlights
Colorado Rapids 2, Portland 0 Highlights

Sunday, May 1

Match Time (ET) TV Streaming
NYCFC vs. San Jose 1 p.m. ESPN+
Nashville SC vs. Philadelphia 4 p.m. ET ESPN, ESPN Deportes fuboTV
LAFC vs. Minnesota United 10 p.m. ET FS1, Fox Deportes fuboTV

MLS standings 2022

Eastern Conference

The Philadelphia Union can break the three-way tie for first place with a result that would spoil Nashville’s stadium opener on Sunday. Below them, there are 10 teams in the East within three points (Nos. 5-14), which bodes well for a compelling playoff race as the season progresses.

Place Team Points Matches W-L-D GD Next Match
1.** NY Red Bulls 17 9 5-2-2 +8 May 7 vs. POR
2.* Philadelphia Union 17 8 5-1-2 +7 May 1 @ NSH
3.* Orlando City 17 10 5-3-2 +1 May 7 @ MTL
4.* CF Montreal 14 9 4-3-2 -2 May 7 vs. ORL
5.* Columbus Crew 12 9 3-3-3 +4 May 7 @ NE
6.* Atlanta United 11 9 3-4-2 -2 May 7 vs. CHI
7.* Toronto FC 11 9 3-4-2 -3 May 4 @ CIN
8. NYCFC 10 7 3-3-1 +6 May 1 vs. SJ
9. New England 10 9 3-5-1 -2 May 7 vs. CLB
10. Charlotte FC 10 10 3-6-1 -4 May 7 vs. MIA
11. FC Cincinnati 10 9 3-5-1 -6 May 4 vs. TOR
12. Inter Miami CF 10 9 3-5-1 -9 May 7 @ CLT
13. Chicago Fire 10 9 2-3-4 -1 May 7 @ ATL
14. D.C. United 9 8 3-5-0 -3 May 7 vs. HOU

** = No. 1 seed earns first-round playoff bye at season’s end
* = Nos. 2-7 advance to first round of playoffs at season’s end

Western Conference

Austin FC are the surprise leaders in the West, momentarily taking over for LAFC, which can regain the top spot on Sunday. Further down, perennial West contenders Sporting KC and Seattle Sounders have ground to make up. The Sounders can be excused since they are simultaneously on a quest to be the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions League.

Place Team Points Matches W-L-D GD Next Match
1.** Austin FC 20 9 6-1-2 +14 May 8 vs. LA
2.* LAFC 19 8 6-1-1 +11 May 1 vs. MIN
3.* LA Galaxy 16 9 5-3-1 +3 May 8 @ ATX
4.* FC Dallas 16 9 4-1-4 +7 May 7 vs. SEA
5.* Real Salt Lake 16 10 4-2-4 -3 May 8 @ NSH
6.* Minnesota United 14 8 4-2-2 +5 May 1 @ LAFC
7.* Houston Dynamo 12 9 3-3-3 +1 May 7 @ DC
8. Colorado Rapids 12 9 3-3-3 0 May 7 @ SJ
9. Nashville SC 11 8 3-3-2 -1 May 1 vs. PHI
10. Portland Timbers 11 10 2-3-5 -5 May 7 @ RBNY
11. Sporting KC 8 10 2-6-2 -8 May 7 @ NYC
12. Seattle Sounders 7 7 2-4-1 -2 May 7 @ DAL
13. San Jose Earthquakes 6 8 1-4-3 -5 May 1 @ NYC
14. Vancouver Whitecaps 4 8 1-6-1 -11 May 8 vs. TOR

** = No. 1 seed earns first-round playoff bye at season’s end
* = Nos. 2-7 advance to playoff first round at season’s end

MLS Playoffs 2022

The top seven teams in each conference qualify for the single-elimination knockout playoffs at the end of the regular season. Extra time and penalty shootouts (if necessary) are used in cases of a draw after 90 minutes.

  • First Round: The No. 1 team in each conference earns a first round bye, while the other six teams in the conference battle in first-round matches hosted by the higher seed.
  • Conference Semis: In the following round (Conference Semis), the No. 1 seed hosts the No. 4 vs. No. 5 winner. The other two teams face off at the home of the higher remaining seed.
  • Conference Finals & MLS Cup: Similarly, the highest seed hosts.

If the playoffs started today…

Eastern Conference First Round (Bye: No. 1 NY Red Bulls)

Home   Away
No. 2 (Philadelphia) vs. No. 7 (Toronto FC) 
No. 3 (Orlando) vs. No. 6 (Atlanta)
No. 4 (CF Montreal) vs. No. 5 (Columbus)

Western Conference First Round (Bye: No. 1 Austin FC)

Home   Away
No. 2 (LAFC) vs. No. 7 (Houston) 
No. 3 (LA Galaxy) vs. No. 6 (Minnesota)
No. 4 (FC Dallas) vs. No. 5 (RSL)

2022 MLS top scorers

The top of the MLS goalscoring chart sees some major international signings alongside a handful of young American attackers. 

Former River Plate and FC Zenit star Sebastian Driussi leads the way with Spanish forward Jesus Jimenez. U.S. national team fans hope Jesus Ferreira can continue his goal-scoring hot streak into the World Cup in November.

Last year’s top scorer, Valentin “Taty” Castellanos and Mexican legend Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez also figure on the list.

Rank Player MLS Team Goals (PKs) Assists Matches Minutes
1. Sebastian Driussi Austin FC 7 (1) 3 9 799
  Jesus Jimenez Toronto FC 7 (0) 1 9 786
3. Jesus Ferreira FC Dallas 6 (0) 1 9 730
4. Leonardo Campana Inter Miami 5 (0) 2 9 509
  Valentin Castellanos NYCFC 5 (2) 1 7 594
  Brandon Vazquez FC Cincinnati 5 (0) 1 8 647
  Diego Rubio Colorado Rapids 5 (0) 1 9 696
  Jeremy Ebobisse SJ Earthquakes 5 (1) 0 8 679
  Chicharito Hernandez LA Galaxy 5 (0) 0 9 792

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