(Reuters) - A time line of the 25-year history of Major League Soccer:


Dec. 17 - Alan Bothenberg, chairman of World Cup 1994, announces Major League Soccer, with official formation in February 1995. 


June - Columbus, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York, San Jose and Washington announced as first MLS teams.


June 6 - Dallas, Denver and Kansas City join MLS, to begin play in 1996.

Nov. 22 - Doug Logan named MLS's first commissioner, president and chief executive.


April 6 - The San Jose Clash defeat D.C. United in the first MLS regular season game before 31,000 fans at Spartan Stadium in San Jose.

Oct. 20 - D.C. United wins the first MLS Cup by defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 as 34,643 fans watch at Foxboro Stadium.


April 9 - Chicago and South Florida announced as MLS expansion teams for the 1998 season, giving the league 12 teams.

October - ABC, ESPN and MLS agree to six-year TV deal through the 2003 season.


May 15 - Columbus Crew opens the first major league, soccer-specific stadium in the United States before a sell-out crowd of 24,741. The new facility costs $28.5 million.

Aug. 4 - Don Garber becomes MLS commissioner, replacing Logan.


Jan. 9 - The struggling Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion franchises fold.


Dec. 1 - MLS and the MLS Players Union sign the league's first collective bargaining agreement 


Jan. 11 - David Beckham brings a new buzz to the league when he announces he will join the LA Galaxy and sign a five-year, $250 million deal.

April 28 - Toronto FC play their first home match, becoming the league’s first Canadian franchise.