MLS in the United States continues its upward trajectory, with the arrival of global superstar Leo Messi at Inter Miami last summer catalyzing the sport's exponential growth. The presence of celebrities like Selena Gomez, LeBron James, Prince Harry, and Leonardo DiCaprio at matches has added to the league's allure.
While the NFL still dominates the U.S. sports landscape, the average valuation for MLS teams has surged to $678 million. Key global events, including the Copa America, the expanded 2025 Club World Cup, and the highly anticipated 2026 FIFA World Cup, are expected to further boost soccer's popularity in the United States.
Messi's impact on Inter Miami has been profound, both on and off the field. Despite the team securing their first-ever silverware with the 2023 Leagues Cup, Messi's arrival has significantly impacted the club's economic health. Revenue more than doubled from $56 million in 2022 to an impressive $118 million in 2023.
Where does LA Galaxy stand? Forbes ranks the most valuable MLS clubs
Despite Inter Miami's financial success, it is Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) that tops the Forbes MLS rich list for the second consecutive year, valued at an impressive $1.2 billion. LAFC secured a 10-year, $100 million stadium naming rights pact with BMO and set an MLS single-game attendance record of 82,110 fans in a July match against LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl.
LA Galaxy, despite facing internal challenges and a silverware drought since 2014, generated $95 million in 2023. The team's value is estimated at $950 million, securing the third spot in the Forbes MLS rich list.
As American soccer continues its ascent, these financial valuations underscore the growing popularity and economic strength of MLS, positioning it as a major player in the global football landscape.