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Toronto FC ranked third-most valuable club in MLS

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We’re sitting at the big boys’ table.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC have been ranked the third-most valuable club in MLS by Forbes. You can read the full article and analysis at this link (warning: Forbes’ website is an absolute tire fire if, like me, you try to avoid using an ad blocker.).

The Reds sit between the Seattle Sounders and New York City FC. Despite their lack of on-field success this season, the LA Galaxy remain top of the pile.

The top five

Rank Team Value ($M) 2016 Revenue ($M)
Rank Team Value ($M) 2016 Revenue ($M)
1 LA Galaxy $315 $63
2 Seattle Sounders $295 $53
3 Toronto FC $280 $46
4 New York City FC $275 $34
5 Orlando City SC $272 $33
Source: Forbes

It’s all fairly unsurprising stuff. The top five were the five most popular clubs in 2015 and 2016 by average attendance and have all attracted big-name designated players.

The two teams who would seem to be most likely to rise towards that group in the near future are probably the Chicago Fire, who ranked ninth despite the fact they are picking themselves up off the floor after a couple of terrible seasons, and Atlanta United.

D.C. United saw the biggest increase (48%) in value from 2015 as they prepare to move into their new stadium.

There is enough evidence for us to convincingly say that TFC belong to MLS’ ‘elite’ and are there to stay unless their on-field fortunes unexpectedly nosedive (and even then, they’d probably be okay for a certain period of time). I do not find any of this particularly interesting, so I’m going to stop waffling.