Forbes Mexico has a list of the 30 most valuable clubs in the Americas, but the MLS teams look kind of weird

Forbes Mexico has a list of the 30 most valuable clubs in the Americas. Far be it from me to question Forbes Mexico, but it seems all we need to know about this list is its order of Major League Soccer teams. Among those teams that made the list, the Seattle Sounders rank fourth. Other rods in the Forbes umbrella disagree, but the part that looks at teams throughout the Americas sees the Pacific Northwest titan as less valuable than LA Galaxy, Sporting Kansas City, and New York Red Bulls.

Perhaps that’s about the stadium, which the Sounders don’t own. The methodology emphasizes this, but to what extent? Potentially, a damning one. Regardless, there’s a huge disparity between Forbes Mexico’s evaluation and that of its English speaking cousin. Last fall, Forbes (English) published a $175 million value for the Sounders. The Spanish list, published Tuesday, says the team’s worth is $80.6 million — less than New York City FC’s expansion fee.

Forbes Mexico also has valuations of both the Red Bulls and Kansas City that are more than twice the values list in Forbes. It’d be pretty cool if that were right, but do we really think rich dudes with $250 million to blow would see those values the same way? Particularly vis a vis Seattle and LA? I’m not a rich dude with $250 million to blow, but if I was, I’m probably not paying more for Sporting than I would clubs in much bigger markets.

But let’s remember the internet’s rule of lists: Fun first; methodology, meh. And this list, one of the few that gives us some context for MLS’s teams within the rest of the hemisphere, does have an element of fun, even if that fun may venture into whimsy.

More here, in Spanish, but here’s the whole list:

1. Corinthians, Brazil: $569.9 million
2. Gremio, Brazil: $354.4 million
3. Palmeiras, Brazil: $343 million
4. Chivas Guadalajara, Mexico: $279.3 million
5. New York Red Bulls, United States (MLS): $250.5 million
6. Internacional, Brazil: $241.7 million
7. Club América, Mexico: $231.5 million
8. Sporting Kansas City, United States (MLS): $229.1 million
9. LA Galaxy, United States (MLS): $207.6 million
10. São Paulo, Brazil: $188.4 million
11. Atlético Paranaense, Brazil: $181.2 million
12. Santos, Brazil: $170.3 million
13. Santos Laguna, Mexico: $146.2 million
14. Boca Juniors, Argentina: $119.8 million
15. Depotivo Cali, Colombia: $119.3 million
16. River Plate, Argentina: $114.5 million
17. Flamengo, Brazil: $91.3 million
18. Cruziero, Brazil: $88 million
19. San Lorenzo, Argentina: $82.7 million
20. Atlético Mineiro, Brazil: $81 million
21. Seattle Sounders, United States (MLS): $80.6 million
22. Fluminense, Brazil: $79.9 million
23. Cruz Azul, Mexico: $66.3 million
24. Tigres, Mexico: $65 million
25. Montréal Impact, Canada (MLS): $63.7 million
26. Independiente, Argentina: $63.3 million
27. Club Tijuana, Mexico: $63.2 million
28. Emelec, Ecuador: $62.1 million
29. Columbus Crew, United States (MLS): $60.3 million
30. Monterrey, Mexico: $56.3 million