1997 Major League Soccer season

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1997 Major League Soccer season
Season 1997
MLS Cup D.C. United
Supporters' Shield D.C. United
Matches played 160
Goals scored 522 (3.26 per match)
Top goalscorer Jaime Moreno
D.C. United
Goals: 16
Longest winning run Kansas City Wizards
Games: 7
(07/19 - 08/31)
Longest losing run N.E. Revolution
Games: 9
(07/20 - 09/12)
Highest attendance N.E. Revolution
Season: 342,762
Game Avg.: 21,423
Lowest attendance K.C. Wizards
Season: 144,935
Game Avg.: 9,058
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,339,019
Game Avg.: 14,619

The 1997 Major League Soccer season was the 2nd season of the league.

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L SOW GF GA GD
1 D.C. United 55 32 17 11 4 70 53 +17
2 Tampa Bay Mutiny 45 32 14 15 3 55 60 −5
3 Columbus Crew 39 32 12 17 3 42 41 +1
4 New England Revolution 37 32 11 17 4 40 53 −13
5 New York/New Jersey MetroStars 35 32 11 19 2 43 53 −10
1997 MLS Cup Playoffs
Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L SOW GF GA GD
1 Kansas City Wizards 49 32 14 11 7 57 51 +6
2 Los Angeles Galaxy 44 32 14 16 2 55 44 +11
3 Dallas Burn 42 32 13 16 3 55 49 +6
4 Colorado Rapids 38 32 12 18 2 50 59 −9
5 San Jose Clash 30 32 9 20 3 55 59 −4
1997 MLS Cup Playoffs

Overall standings[edit]

Major League Soccer
Pos Club Pts GP W L SOW GF GA GD
1 D.C. United1 (E1) 55 32 17 11 4 70 53 +17
2 Kansas City Wizards (W1) 49 32 14 11 7 57 51 +6
3 Tampa Bay Mutiny (E2) 45 32 14 15 3 55 60 −5
4 Los Angeles Galaxy (W2) 44 32 14 16 2 55 44 +11
5 Dallas Burn 42 32 13 16 3 55 49 +6
6 Columbus Crew 39 32 12 17 3 42 41 +1
7 Colorado Rapids1 38 32 12 18 2 50 59 −9
8 New England Revolution 37 32 11 17 4 40 53 −13
9 New York/New Jersey MetroStars 35 32 11 19 2 43 53 −10
10 San Jose Clash 30 32 9 20 3 55 59 −4
MLS Supporters' Shield
1997 MLS Cup Playoffs

MLS Playoff Bracket[edit]

  • The ties were a best of three series.
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup '97
                                       
  1  D.C. United 4 1 (4) x  
4  New England Revolution 1 1 (3) x  
  1  D.C. United 3 1 x  
Eastern Conference
  3  Columbus Crew 2 0 x  
2  Tampa Bay Mutiny 1 0 x
  3  Columbus Crew 2 2 x  
    E  D.C. United 2
  W  Colorado Rapids 1
  1  Kansas City Wizards 0 2 x  
4  Colorado Rapids 3 3 x  
  4  Colorado Rapids 1 2 x
Western Conference
  3  Dallas Burn 0 1 x  
2  Los Angeles Galaxy 0 (0) 0 x
  3  Dallas Burn 0 (2) 3 x  

Conference Semi-finals[edit]

Eastern Conference

October 5, 1997
Game 1
D.C. United 4 – 1 New England Revolution
Wegerle Goal 13', 56'
Moreno Goal 65', 76'
Burns Goal 89'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 12,540
Referee: Tim Weyland
October 8, 1997
Game 2
New England Revolution 1 – 2
3 – 4 (S.O.)
D.C. United
  • D.C. United advance to the Conference Finals.

October 5, 1997
Game 1
Tampa Bay Mutiny 1 – 2 Columbus Crew
Gilmar Goal 35' Farrell Goal 11'
Wood Goal 83'
Houlihan's Stadium
Tampa, Florida
Attendance: 8,272
Referee: Noel Kenny
October 8, 1997
Game 2
Columbus Crew 2 – 0 Tampa Bay Mutiny
McBride Goal 43'
Warzycha Goal 73'
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,102
Referee: Joshua Patlak
  • Columbus Crew advance to the Conference Finals.

Western Conference

October 5, 1997
Game 1
Los Angeles Galaxy 0 – 1
0 – 2 (S.O.)
Dallas Burn
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 18,921
Referee: Kevin Stott
October 8, 1997
Game 2
Dallas Burn 3 – 0 Los Angeles Galaxy
Washington Goal 29', 69'
Peinado Goal 86'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 11,248
Referee: Esse Baharmast
  • Dallas Burn advance to the Conference Finals.

October 4, 1997
Game 1
Kansas City Wizards 0 – 3 Colorado Rapids
Henderson Goal 25'
Bravo Goal 67'
Paule Goal 75'
October 8, 1997
Game 2
Colorado Rapids 3 – 2 Kansas City Wizards
Bravo Goal 16', 68'
Harris Goal 83'
Takawira Goal 9'
Preki Goal 88'
  • Colorado Rapids advance to the Conference Finals.

Conference finals[edit]

Western Conference

October 12, 1997
Game 1
Dallas Burn 0 – 1 Colorado Rapids
Henderson Goal 42'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 7,376
Referee: Kevin Stott
October 15, 1997
Game 2
Colorado Rapids 2 – 1 Dallas Burn
Patiño Goal 2'
Henderson Goal 87'
Damian Goal 5'
Mile High Stadium
Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 18,452
Referee: Noel Kenny
  • Colorado Rapids advance to MLS Cup '97.

Eastern Conference

October 12, 1997
Game 1
D.C. United 3 – 2 Columbus Crew
Sanneh Goal 9', 45'
Díaz Arce Goal 29'
Farrell Goal 57'
Dooley Goal 73'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 11,820
Referee: Kevin Terry
October 15, 1997
Game 2
Columbus Crew 0 – 1 D.C. United
Díaz Arce Goal 47'
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 9,506
Referee: Arturo Angeles
  • D.C. United advance to MLS Cup '97.

MLS Cup '97[edit]

October 26, 1997
D.C. United 2 – 1 Colorado Rapids
Moreno Goal 37'
Sanneh Goal 68'
Paz Goal 75'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 57,431
Referee: Brian Hall

Team Awards[edit]

Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player of the Week Club
Week 1 United States Dave Salzwedel San Jose Clash
Week 2 Italy Giuseppe Galderisi Tampa Bay Mutiny
Week 3 Colombia Carlos Valderrama Tampa Bay Mutiny
Week 4 El Salvador Raúl Díaz Arce D.C. United
Week 5 United States Dante Washington Dallas Burn
Week 6 Italy Roberto Donadoni MetroStars
Week 7 South Africa Doctor Khumalo Columbus Crew
Week 8 Argentina Damian Alvarez Dallas Burn
Week 9 Mozambique Chiquinho Conde New England Revolution
Week 10 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia United States Preki Radosavljević Kansas City Wizards
Week 11 United States Eric Wynalda San Jose Clash
Week 12 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia United States Preki Radosavljević Kansas City Wizards
Week 13 Brazil Gilmar Tampa Bay Mutiny
Week 14 United States Paul Bravo Colorado Rapids
Week 15 United States Tab Ramos MetroStars
Week 16 United States Dante Washington Dallas Burn
Week 17 Colombia Antony de Ávila MetroStars
Week 18 Brazil Gilmar Tampa Bay Mutiny
Week 19 Jamaica Wolde Harris Colorado Rapids
Week 20 United States Thomas Dooley Columbus Crew
Week 21 Venezuela Giovanni Savarese MetroStars
Week 22 Bolivia Marco Etcheverry D.C. United
Week 23 Ecuador Eduardo Hurtado Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 24 United States Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 25 Mexico United States Martín Vásquez Tampa Bay Mutiny
Week 26 United States Marcelo Balboa Colorado Rapids

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player of the Month Club
April Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United
May Switzerland Alain Sutter Dallas Burn
June United States John Harkes D.C. United
July Brazil Wélton Los Angeles Galaxy
August United States Brad Friedel Columbus Crew
September Italy Walter Zenga New England Revolution

Individual Awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player Federal Republic of Yugoslavia United States Preki Radosavljević Kansas City Wizards
Scoring Champion Federal Republic of Yugoslavia United States Preki Radosavljević - (41 Pts.) Kansas City Wizards
Defender of the Year United States Eddie Pope D.C. United
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Brad Friedel Columbus Crew
Rookie of the Year United States Mike Duhaney Tampa Bay Mutiny
Coach of the Year United States Bruce Arena D.C. United
Goal of the Year Bolivia Marco Etcheverry D.C. United
Fair Play Award Canada United States Mark Chung Kansas City Wizards

Goalkeeping Leaders[edit]

(Minimum 1,000 minutes)

No. Player Club Games
Played
Minutes Goals
Against
GA
Average
Wins Loses
1 United States Brad Friedel Columbus Crew 29 2,609 35 1.21 14 15
2 Italy Walter Zenga New England Revolution 22 1,980 28 1.27 15 7
3 Mexico Jorge Campos Los Angeles Galaxy 19 1,661 24 1.30 12 6
4 United States Marcus Hahnemann Colorado Rapids 25 2,157 37 1.54 13 10
5 United States Mike Ammann Kansas City Wizards 29 2,597 45 1.56 21 8
6 United States Mark Dodd Dallas Burn 30 2,700 48 1.60 14 16
7 United States Tony Meola NY/NJ MetroStars 30 2,684 48 1.61 12 18
8 United States David Kramer* San Jose Clash 21 1,831 33 1.62 7 14
9 United States Scott Garlick D.C. United 14 1,171 22 1.69 9 5
10 United States Dave Salzwedel San Jose Clash 20 1,679 35 1.88 7 11
11 United States Mark Dougherty Tampa Bay Mutiny 25 2,143 45 1.89 15 10

Played for more than one team - Most Recent Team Listed*

Team Attendance Totals[edit]

Club Games Season Total Game Average
New England Revolution 16 342,762 21,423
Los Angeles Galaxy 16 330,015 20,626
NY/NJ MetroStars 16 270,388 16,899
D.C. United 16 267,171 16,698
Columbus Crew 16 240,680 15,043
San Jose Clash 16 217,546 13,597
Colorado Rapids 16 189,355 11,835
Tampa Bay Mutiny 16 181,322 11,333
Dallas Burn 16 154,845 9,678
Kansas City Wizards 16 144,935 9,058
OVERALL 160 2,339,019 14,619

Winningest Coaches (By Wins)[edit]

Coach Club Wins Loss PCT. PTS. SOW
United States Bruce Arena D.C. United 21 11 0.656 55 4
England Ron Newman Kansas City Wizards 21 11 0.656 49 7
Poland John Kowalski Tampa Bay Mutiny 17 15 0.531 45 3
United States Dave Dir Dallas Burn 16 16 0.500 42 3
United States Tom Fitzgerald Columbus Crew 15 17 0.469 39 3
Netherlands Thomas Rongen New England Revolution 15 17 0.469 37 4
United States Glenn Myernick Colorado Rapids 14 18 0.438 38 2
Ecuador Octavio Zambrano Los Angeles Galaxy 13 7 0.650 37 1
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira NY/NJ Metrostars 13 19 0.406 35 2
Scotland Brian Quinn San Jose Clash 7 10 0.412 19 1
England Laurie Calloway San Jose Clash 5 10 0.333 11 2
Germany Lothar Osiander Los Angeles Galaxy 3 9 0.250 7 1

References[edit]