MLS Logo

MLS logo

The original MLS logo was subtly modified four times until in 2014 the Major League Soccer adopted a totally new logotype featuring a different color scheme.

Meaning and history MLS Logo

MLS logo history

The debut emblem was introduced in 1994. It left no doubt as to what sphere the organization works in. It depicted a black-and-white football and a foot. Under the picture, there was the abbreviation “MLS” in black. Below it, there was the full name of the organization in smaller red letters.

MLS new logo

In two years, the small blue patch seen in the bottom left corner was colored green, so as to look like a part of a football field. The red background, against which the ball was placed, was colored blue so as to represent the sky.

MLS symbol in 2000-2013

MLS symbol

As the result of the 2000 redesign, the logo was placed inside a black rectangular frame with rounded corners. Both the ball and the foot were modified, and the image grew more vivid and dimensional. The lettering stayed the same as it had been in the previous variation.

In 2008, the Major League Soccer logo was slightly altered. The image remained virtually unchanged, while the text became simpler: only the lettering “MLS” was left. In 2012, the logotype went black-and-white.

The 2014 emblem MLS

MLS emblem

The new shield logo, which was introduced in September, 2014, was part of the “MLS Next” campaign. A dark blue frame was divided in two parts by a sloping line. The upper field was red, with three stars and white lettering “MLS” on it. The bottom field was white. Due to a visual effect the red and blue parts of the shield looked dimensional.

Font of the MLS Logo

MLS logo font

The simple monolinear sans serif typeface features flattened vertices and slashed terminals.

Color of the MLS Logo

MLS logo color

The color scheme of the current MLS logo is not as diverse as that of its predecessors. In addition to white, it includes several shades of red and blue.