The 1996 Tampa Bay Mutiny have made this list for many reasons. They won the inaugural Supporters Shield and advanced to the first MLS Cup Semifinals. On a personal note, they were my favorite MLS squad ever. Despite my lack of objectivity, I still think they belong on this list at #10.
During that inaugural season, Roy Lassiter was the Mutiny’s most prolific scorer, and his whopping 27 goals would earn him MLS’s first ever Golden Boot. But, the straw that stirred the drink during that season was Colombian playmaker Carlos Valderrama who assisted an amazing 17 goals.
The team also featured MLS legends Steve Ralston and Frankie Hejduk and future MLS coach Frank Yallop. Greg Lalas, the successful soccer commentator and brother of Alexi Lalas, was also on the team, though he played a measly 94 minutes the entire season.
The Mutiny belong at #10 on this list for winning MLS’s first Supporters Shield and for introducing America to fluid, fast-paced soccer. Coach Thomas Rongen did a remarkable job creating chemistry among men who had never played together before, and that’s why they make it on this list.