1998 D.C. United season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
D.C. United
1998 season
General Manager United States Dave Kasper
Head Coach United States Bruce Arena
Stadium RFK Stadium
MLS 2nd
MLS Cup Runners-Up
CONCACAF Champions Cup Champions
Top goalscorer League:
All:
United States Roy Lassiter (18)
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors

The 1998 D.C. United season was the clubs' fourth year of existence, as well as their third season in Major League Soccer.

D.C. United entered their third season as the two-time defending MLS Cup champion, as well as the defending Supporters' Shield titleholder. Finishing as runners-up in MLS Cup '98 and second-place in the regular season standings, United failed to defend both domestic honors. In international play, D.C. United made American soccer history, becoming the first American soccer club to win any CONCACAF club tournament, being the 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. It was only the third time in CONCACAF history that an American soccer club reached the Champions' Cup final (previously achieved by Los Angeles Galaxy the previous season and New York Pancyprian-Freedoms in 1984). Since their title, only the Galaxy have won the Champions' Cup, which they accomplished in 2000, and it would not be until 2011 when Real Salt Lake reached the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League Finals would an American club once again reach the North American club final.

Background[edit]

D.C. United ended their sophomore campaign on a high note, claiming the "league double", earning both the Supporters' Shield (regular season), and the 1997 MLS Cup championship (postseason). During the 1997 campaign, the club nearly earned a tuble, which is to win four or more top tier trophies during a single season, but ultimately fell short of that. In the domestic cup competition, the U.S. Open Cup, D.C. United reached the final of the competition, only to lose against Dallas Burn (now known as FC Dallas). In the continental club tournament, the CONCACAF Champions' Cup, United finished in third place, after falling to Los Angeles Galaxy in the semifinals.[1]

Review[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Standings[edit]

Conference
Pos Club GP W (sw) (sl) L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D.C. United 32 24 7 3 8 74 48 26 58 Eastern Conference regular season champion, 1998 MLS Cup Playoffs
2 Columbus Crew 32 15 0 5 17 67 56 11 45 1998 MLS Cup Playoffs
3 MetroStars 32 15 3 4 17 54 63 -9 39
4 Miami Fusion 32 15 5 0 17 46 68 -22 35
5 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 12 1 5 20 46 57 -11 34
6 New England Revolution 32 11 2 4 21 53 66 -13 29

Source: MLSSoccer.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head record; 3rd goal difference; 4th number of goals scored.
(E1) = Eastern Division premier
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff-contention.
The top four teams in each conference make the playoffs. Below is the points calculation.
Wins (W) are worth 3 points.
Shootout Wins (SW) are worth 1 point, and is considered a Win in the standings
Shootout Loss (SL) are worth 0 points, and is considered a Loss in the standings; Loss (L) are worth 0 points.

Overall
Pos Club GP W (sw) (sl) L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Los Angeles Galaxy (SS) (W1) 32 24 2 2 8 85 44 41 68 1999 CONCACAF Champions' Cup qualifying playoff, 1998 MLS Cup Playoffs
2 D.C. United (E1) 32 24 7 3 8 74 48 26 58 1998 MLS Cup Playoffs
3 Chicago Fire 32 20 2 1 12 62 45 17 56 1998 MLS Cup Playoffs
4 Columbus Crew 32 15 0 5 17 67 56 11 45
5 Colorado Rapids 32 16 2 2 16 62 69 -7 44
6 MetroStars 32 15 3 4 17 54 63 -9 39
7 Dallas Burn 32 15 4 2 17 43 59 -16 37
8 Miami Fusion 32 15 5 0 17 46 68 -22 35
9 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 12 1 5 20 46 57 -11 34
10 San Jose Clash 32 13 3 5 19 48 60 -12 33
11 Kansas City Wizards 32 12 2 4 20 45 50 -5 32
12 New England Revolution 32 11 2 4 21 53 66 -13 29

Source: MLSSoccer.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head record; 3rd goal difference; 4th number of goals scored.
(SS) = MLS Supporters' Shield; (E1) = Eastern Division premier, (W1) = Western Division premier
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff-contention.
Below is the points calculation.
Wins (W) are worth 3 points.
Shootout Wins (SW) are worth 1 point, and is considered a Win in the standings
Shootout Loss (SL) are worth 0 points, and is considered a Loss in the standings; Loss (L) are worth 0 points.

Results summary[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Match reports[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Round Game Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Ref.
Conf. SF 1 September 30, 1998 Miami Fusion H 2–1 15,187
Conf. SF 2 October 4, 1998 Miami Fusion A 0–0
(3–2 pen.)
13,128
Conf. F 1 October 11, 1998 Columbus Crew H 2–0 13,193 Sanneh, Etcheverry
Conf. F 2 October 18, 1998 Columbus Crew A 2–4 12,607 Sanneh, Lassiter
Conf. F 3 October 21, 1998 Columbus Crew H 3–0 21,453 Agoos, Lassiter
F October 25, 1998 Chicago Fire N 0–2 51,530

CONCACAF Champions' Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Ref.
QF August 11, 1998 Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public H 8–0 Lassiter (4), Olsen (2), Wood (2)
SF August 14, 1998 Mexico León H 2–0 Lassiter (2)
F August 16, 1998 Mexico Toluca H 1–0 12,607 Pope

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Loan In[edit]

Loan Out[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CONCACAF Champions' Cup 1962–2008". CONCACAF. CONCACAF.com. p. 9. Retrieved February 10, 2012.