MLS NEXT Teams: Discover Every Team

MLS NEXT Teams: Discover Every Team

Established in 2020, the roster of MLS NEXT teams continues to grow. For the 2023/2024 season, there are 677 MLS NEXT teams representing 143 soccer clubs across the U.S. and Canada.

As part of the MLS NEXT league, over 15,000 U13-U19 boys soccer players compete each year at the highest level of youth soccer in the United States.

MLS Next teams

Whether it’s homegrown talent or “late bloomers” making a name for themselves, MLS NEXT produces great talent.

Let’s take a look at the current MLS NEXT and MLS NEXT Pro teams. If you are looking to find a soccer club near you or want to find more information, check out our youth soccer club directory.

What Are the MLS NEXT Teams? 

MLS NEXT Events 2023-2024 Season
  • Achilles FC (Silver Spring, MD)
  • AFC Lightning (Peachtree City, GA)
  • Albion SC Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Albion SC Merced (Merced, CA)
  • Albion SC San Diego (San Diego, CA)
  • Alexandria Soccer Association (Alexandria, VA)
  • Atlanta United FC Academy (Marietta, GA)
  • Atletico Santa Rosa (Santa Rose, CA)
  • Austin FC Academy (Austin, TX)
  • Ballistic United (Castro Valley, CA)
  • Baltimore Armour (Ellicott City, MD)
  • Barca Residency Academy (Casa Grande, AZ)
  • Bavarian United SC (Glendale, WI)
  • Bayside FC (East Providence, RI)
  • Beachside of Connecticut (Norwalk, CT)
  • Beadling SC (Bridgeville, PA)
  • Bethesda SC (North Potomac, MD)
  • Blau Weiss Gottschee (Middle Village, NY)
  • Breakers FC (Aptos, CA)
  • Cedar Stars Academy – Bergen (South Hackensack, NJ) 
  • Cedar Stars Academy – Monmouth (Trinton Falls, NJ)
  • CF Montreal Academy (Montreal, QC)
  • Chargers Soccer Club (Clearwater, FL)
  • Charlotte FC Academy (Charlotte, NC)
  • Chicago FC United (Glenview, IL)
  • Chicago Fire FC Academy (Bridgeview, IL)
  • Chula Vista FC (Chula Vista, CA)
  • Cincinnati United Premier Soccer Club (Cincinnati, OH)
  • City SC (Carlsbad, CA)
  • Colorado Rapids Academy (Commerce, CO)
  • Columbus Crew SC Academy (Columbus, OH)
  • DC United Academy (Washington, DC)
  • De Anza Force (San Jose, CA)
  • Diablo Valley Wolves (Concord, CA)
  • Empire United Soccer Academy (Rochester, NY)
  • FA Euro New York (Brooklyn, NY)
  • FC Bay Area (San Jose, CA)
  • FC Boston Bolts (Newton, MA)
  • FC Cincinnati Academy (Milford, OH)
  • FC Dallas Academy (Frisco, TX)
  • FC Delco (Downingtown, PA)
  • FC Golden State Force (Jurupa Valley, CA)
  • FC Westchester (Thomwood, NY)
  • Florida Rush Soccer Club (Clermont, FL)
  • Hoover-Vestavia Soccer (HVS) (Birmingham, AL)
  • Houston Dynamo Academy (Houston, TX)
  • Houston Dynamo Youth (The Woodlands, TX)
  • Inter Miami CF Academy (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • Intercontinental Football Academy of New England (Duxbury, MA)
  • Jacksonville FC (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Javanon FC (Louisville, KY)
  • KSA (Norcross, GA)
  • L.A. United Futbol Academy (Los Angeles, CA)
  • LA Galaxy Academy (Carson, CA)
  • LA Surf (Pasadena, CA)
  • LAFC Academy (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Lamorinda Soccer Club (Moraga, CA)
  • Lanier Soccer Academy (Demorest, GA)
  • Las Vegas Sports Academy (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Lou Fusz Athletic (Earth City, MO)
  • Louisiana TDP Elite (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Metropolitan Oval (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Miami Rush Kendall SC (Miami, FL)
  • Michigan Jaguars (Novi, MI)
  • Michigan Wolves (Farmington Hills, MI)
  • Midwest United FC (Kentwood, MI)
  • Minnesota United FC Academy (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Murrieta Soccer Academy (Murrieta, CA)
  • Napa United (Napa, CA)
  • Nashville SC Academy (Brentwood, TN)
  • NEFC (Northborough, MA)
  • New England Revolution Academy (Foxborough, MA)
  • New York Red Bulls Academy (Whippany, NY)
  • New York Soccer Club (Purchase, NY)
  • Nomads (San Diego, CA)
  • NYCFC Academy (Orangeburg, NY)
  • Oakwood Soccer Club (Glastonbury, CT)
  • Orlando City SC Academy (Orlando, FL)
  • Orlando City Soccer School South (Kissimmee, FL)
  • Orlando City Youth Soccer Club (Stanford, FL)
  • PA Classics (Manheim, PA)
  • Philadelphia Union Academy (Wayne, PA)
  • Phoenix Rising (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Player Development Academy (Summit, NJ)
  • Portland Timbers Academy (Portland, OR)
  • Queen City Mutiny FC (Charlotte, NC)
  • Real Colorado (Centennial, CO)
  • Real Jersey FC (Medford, NJ)
  • Real Salt Lake Academy (Herriman, UT)
  • RGV FC Toros Academy (Edinburg, TX)
  • RISE Soccer Club (Houston, TX)
  • RSL Arizona (Tempe, AZ)
  • RSL Arizona – Mesa (Mesa, AZ)
  • Sacramento Republic (Sacramento, CA)
  • Sacramento United (Sacramento, CA)
  • San Antonio FC (San Antonio, TX)
  • San Francisco Elite Academy (San Francisco, CA)
  • San Francisco Seals (San Fransisco, CA)
  • San Jose Earthquakes Academy (San Jose, CA)
  • Santa Barbara Soccer Club (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • SC Del Sol (Phoenix, AZ)
  • SC Wave (Franklin, WI)
  • Seacoast United (Epping, NH)
  • Sounders FC Academy (Tukwila, WA)
  • SF Glens (San Francisco, CA)
  • Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Faribault, MN)
  • Sheriffs Fútbol Club (San Ramon, CA)
  • Silicon Valley SA (Palo Alto, CA)
  • SoCal Reds FC Academy (Irvine, CA)
  • Sockers FC Chicago (Palatine, IL)
  • Solar Soccer Club (Trophy Club, TX)
  • South Florida Football Academy (Boca Raton, FL)
  • Southern Soccer Academy (Marietta, GA)
  • Sporting Kansas City Academy (Kansas City, MO)
  • Springfield South County Youth Club (SYC) (Springfield, VA)
  • St. Louis City SC Academy (Fenton, MO)
  • St. Louis Scott Gallagher (Fenton, MO)
  • Strikers FC (Irvine, CA)
  • Tampa Bay United (Tampa, FL)
  • Tormenta FC (Statesboro, GA)
  • Toronto FC Academy (Toronto, ON)
  • Total Football Club (Katy, TX)
  • Total Futbol Academy (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Triangle United Soccer Chapel Hill, NC)
  • TSF Academy (Lincoln Park, NJ)
  • Valeo Futbol Club (Newton, MA)
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy (Vancouver, BC)
  • VARDAR Soccer Club (Rochester Hills, MI)
  • Ventura County Fusion (Ventura, CA)
  • Wake Futbol Club (Holly Springs, NC)
  • West Florida Flames (Apollo Beach, FL)
  • Weston FC (Weston, FL)
  • Woodside Soccer Club Crush (Redwood City, CA)


MLS NEXT Pro Teams

MLS NEXT PRO was launched in March 2022 by Major League Soccer (MLS). It is a professional men’s soccer league that completes the pro pathway from MLS NEXT.

The current MLS NEXT Pro teams include: 

  • Chicago Fire FC II
  • Earthquakes II
  • Inter Miami CF II
  • North Texas SC
  • Philadelphia Union II
  • Sporting KC II
  • Toronto FC II
  • Colorado Rapids 2
  • FC Cincinnati 2
  • Minnesota United FC 2
  • Real Monarchs
  • St. Louis City 2
  • Timbers 2
  • Columbus Crew 2
  • Houston Dynamo 2
  • New England Revolution II
  • Orlando City B
  • RNY FC
  • Tacoma Defiance
  • Whitecaps FC 2

You can learn everything you need to know about MLS NEXT Pro!

My Son’s Experience with MLS NEXT

My son has been playing in the MLS NEXT league for three seasons. He absolutely loves the training, games, and different national showcases.

Kane Bridges Soccer

The training aspect definitely depends on the coach and club but MLS NEXT teams typically get highly qualified coaches.

He also likes that most of his team stays together each year. Sure, there are kids that will come and go but for the most part, the core is still there. Through the competition, he’s developed some amazing friendships.

There are a lot of factors to consider when joining MLS NEXT. I think parents should consider the following:

  • Are you willing to travel a lot?
  • Is your child competitive or willing to do what it takes to become better?
  • Are you financially prepared for the cost?
  • Would they be better suited in a different league or town travel?
  • What’s the end goal for your son? College or Pro? This doesn’t need to be figured out at younger ages but it’s good to keep in mind.

As a parent, I think the league is a good fit for my son. He’s always been super competitive and has a drive to become better. Soccer is his outlet and I’m willing to invest in his happiness and enjoyment.

Common Questions

How many MLS NEXT teams are there?

There are currently 590 MLS NEXT teams from U13-U19 age groups.

Is there a girl’s MLS NEXT league?

Nope. The comparable youth league on the female side is Girls Academy (GA).

How do I join a MLS NEXT team?

If your local soccer club has MLS NEXT teams, they may hold tryouts or evaluations sometime late-spring. If they are in other leagues besides MLS NEXT, you’ll have to either find another club or play for another league.

Beau Bridges - Soccer Novo Hey 👋 I’m Beau. A proud Dad, former coach and soccer enthusiast. I continue to love the game of soccer today the same way I did when I was 7. I created to share what I know about the game as well as provide a platform so other parents can learn more about youth soccer in the U.S.

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