2000 Major League Soccer season

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2000 Major League Soccer season
Season 2000
MLS Cup Kansas City Wizards
Supporters' Shield Kansas City Wizards
Matches played 192
Goals scored 612 (3.19 per match)
Top goalscorer Mamadou Diallo
Tampa Bay Mutiny
Goals: 26
Longest winning run MetroStars
Games: 5
(07/01 - 08/02)
Longest unbeaten run Kansas City Wizards
Games: 12
(03/25 - 06/04)
Longest losing run San Jose Earthquakes
Games: 6
(07/15 - 08/19)
Highest attendance Los Angeles Galaxy
Season: 326,392
Game Avg.: 20,400
Lowest attendance Miami Fusion F.C.
Season: 119,352
Game Avg.: 7,460
Average attendance Major League Soccer
Season: 2,641,085
Game Avg.: 13,756

The 2000 Major League Soccer season was the 88th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer in the United States and Canada, the 22nd with a national first-division league, and the fifth season of Major League Soccer. The regular season began on March 25 and continued through September 9, culminating with the 2000 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Changes from 1999[edit]

Most notably the 2000 season marked the first time in Major League Soccer history, and the first season of first division soccer since 1974, that ties were allowed to stand. Following a ten-minute sudden death extra time, rather than going to a penalty shoot-out, if two teams were tied, the tie would stand.

Additionally, the league broke into three separate divisions, the East, Central and West divisions. The league would use this format until 2002, when the two Florida franchises, Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion folded.

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
x - MetroStars 32 17 12 3 64 56 8 54
x - New England Revolution 32 13 13 6 47 49 -2 45
Miami Fusion F.C. 32 12 15 5 54 56 -2 41
D.C. United 32 8 18 6 44 63 -19 30
Central Division GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
x - Chicago Fire 32 17 9 6 67 51 16 57
x - Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 16 12 4 62 50 12 52
x - Dallas Burn 32 14 14 4 54 54 0 46
Columbus Crew 32 11 16 5 48 58 -10 38
Western Division GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
s - Kansas City Wizards 32 16 7 9 47 29 18 57
x - Los Angeles Galaxy 32 14 10 8 47 37 10 50
x - Colorado Rapids 32 13 15 4 43 59 -16 43
San Jose Earthquakes 32 7 17 8 35 50 -15 29
  • Top eight teams with the highest points clinch play-off berth, regardless of division.
    s = Supporters Shield
    x = Clinched Playoff berth.

Overall[edit]

Pos Club Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Kansas City Wizards (SS) (W1) 32 16 7 9 47 29 +18 57 2000 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2002 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
2 Chicago Fire (C1) 32 17 9 6 67 51 +16 57
3 MetroStars (E1) 32 17 12 3 64 56 +8 54 2000 MLS Cup Playoffs
4 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 16 12 4 62 50 +12 52
5 Los Angeles Galaxy 32 14 10 8 47 37 +10 50
6 Dallas Burn 32 14 14 4 54 54 0 46
7 New England Revolution 32 13 13 6 47 49 –2 45
8 Colorado Rapids 32 13 15 4 43 59 –16 43
9 Miami Fusion 32 12 15 5 54 56 –2 41  
10 Columbus Crew 32 11 16 5 48 58 –10 38
11 D.C. United 32 8 18 6 44 63 –19 30
12 San Jose Earthquakes 32 7 17 8 35 50 –15 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 champion, (C1) = Central Division champion, (W1) = Western Division champion
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.

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Playoff Bracket

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals MLS Cup '00
                                       
  1  Kansas City Wizards (7 Points) 1 0 3  
8  Colorado Rapids (1 Points) 0 0 2  
  1  Kansas City Wizards (SDET**) (4 Points) 0 1 1**  
  5  Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET*) (4 Points) 0 2* 0  
4  Tampa Bay Mutiny (0 Points) 0 2 x
  5  Los Angeles Galaxy (6 Points) 1 5 x  
    1  Kansas City Wizards     1
  2  Chicago Fire     0
  2  Chicago Fire (6 Points) 2 1 6  
7  New England Revolution (3 Points) 1 2 0  
  2  Chicago Fire (6 Points) 3 0 3
  3  MetroStars (3 Points) 0 2 2  
3  MetroStars (ASDET*) (6 Points) 2* 2 x
  6  Dallas Burn (0 Points) 1 1 x  
  • Points system
    Win = 3 Pts.
    Loss = 0 Pts.
    Draw = 1 Pts.
  • ASDET*=Added Sudden Death Extra Time (Game tie breaker)
    SDET**=Sudden Death Extra Time (Series tie breaker)
    Teams will advance at 5 points.

Quarterfinals[edit]

September 16, 2000
Game 1
Colorado Rapids 0 – 1 Kansas City Wizards
Molnar Goal 18'
September 20, 2000
Game 2
Kansas City Wizards 0 – 0 Colorado Rapids
September 24, 2000
Game 3
Colorado Rapids 2 – 3 Kansas City Wizards
Bravo Goal 70', Goal 90'+ (pen) Henderson Goal 11'
Molnar Goal 65'
Gomez Goal 69'

Kansas City Wizards advance 7-1 on points.


September 15, 2000
Game 1
New England Revolution 1 – 2 Chicago Fire
Harris Goal 50' Wright Goal 54' (O.G.)
Kovalenko Goal 73'
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 10,476
September 19, 2000
Game 2
Chicago Fire 1 – 2 New England Revolution
Kovalenko Goal 83' Wynalda Goal 18'
Wright Goal 86'
September 22, 2000
Game 3
New England Revolution 0 – 6 Chicago Fire
Razov Goal 5', Goal 65'
Stoichkov Goal 14', Goal 17'
Nowak Goal 45'+
George Goal 75'

Chicago Fire advance 6-3 on points.


September 15, 2000
Game 1
Dallas Burn 1 – 1 (AET)
0 – 1 (ASDET)
MetroStars
Rhine Goal 57' Mathis Goal 34'
Valencia Golden goal in the 100th minute 100'
September 20, 2000
Game 2
MetroStars 2 – 1 Dallas Burn
Mathis Goal 53', Goal 81' Rodriguez Goal 82' (Pen)
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 7,555

MetroStars advance 6-0 on points.


September 14, 2000
Game 1
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – 0 Tampa Bay Mutiny
Vanney Goal 61' (pen)
September 20, 2000
Game 2
Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 – 5 Los Angeles Galaxy
Diallo Goal 21', Goal 67' Hendrickson Goal 14'
Kelly Goal 19'
Hernández Goal 48'
Cienfuegos Goal 51'
Jones Goal 85'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 13,581

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6-0 on points.

Semifinals[edit]

September 26, 2000
Game 1
MetroStars 0 – 3 Chicago Fire
Stoichkov Goal 21'
Kovalenko Goal 35'
Razov Goal 84'
September 30, 2000
Game 2
Chicago Fire 0 – 2 MetroStars
Chung Goal 40'
Valencia Goal 84'
October 6, 2000
Game 3
MetroStars 2 – 3 Chicago Fire
Valencia Goal 32', Goal 36' Brown Goal 4'
Stoichkov Goal 31'
Razov Goal 88'
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 10,133

Chicago Fire advance 6-3 on points.


September 29, 2000
Game 1
Los Angeles Galaxy 0 – 0 Kansas City Wizards
October 3, 2000
Game 2
Kansas City Wizards 1 – 1 (AET)
0 – 1 (ASDET)
Los Angeles Galaxy
McKeon Goal 29' Jones Goal 16'
Califf Golden goal in the 93rd minute 93'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 20,849
October 6, 2000
Game 3
Los Angeles Galaxy 0 – 1 Kansas City Wizards
Molnar Goal 22' (Pen)

  0–1 series (SDET)  
Molnar Golden goal in the 6th minute 6'

Kansas City Wizards advance 1-0 in series overtime (SDET) after 4-4 tie on points.

MLS Cup 2000[edit]

Team Awards[edit]

International Competition[edit]

2000 CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Top Goal Scorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Senegal Mamadou Diallo Tampa Bay Mutiny 26
2 United States Ante Razov Chicago Fire 18
3 United States Clint Mathis MetroStars* 16
Colombia Diego Serna Miami Fusion F.C. 16
Colombia Adolfo Valencia MetroStars 16
6 Argentina Ecuador Ariel Graziani Dallas Burn 15
United States Dante Washington Columbus Crew 15
Jamaica Wolde Harris New England Revolution 15
9 Colombia Alex Comas MetroStars 13
10 Denmark Miklos Molnar Kansas City Wizards 12
Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 12

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

Individual Awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player United States Tony Meola Kansas City Wizards
Scoring Champion Senegal Mamadou Diallo (56 Points) Tampa Bay Mutiny
Defender of the Year United States Peter Vermes Kansas City Wizards
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Tony Meola Kansas City Wizards
Rookie of the Year United States Carlos Bocanegra Chicago Fire
Coach of the Year United States Bob Gansler Kansas City Wizards
Comeback Player of the Year United States Tony Meola Kansas City Wizards
Goal of the Year United States Marcelo Balboa Colorado Rapids
Fair Play Award United States Steve Ralston Tampa Bay Mutiny
Humanitarian of the Year Sierra Leone Abdul Thompson Conteh San Jose Earthquakes

Winningest Coaches (By Wins)[edit]

Coach Club Win Loss Draw Pct. Pts. OT Rec.
United States Bob Bradley Chicago Fire 17 9 6 0.625 57 0-1-6
Ecuador Octavio Zambrano MetroStars 17 12 3 0.578 54 3-2-3
United States Bob Gansler Kansas City Wizards 16 7 9 0.641 57 0-0-9
United States Tim Hankinson Tampa Bay Mutiny 16 12 4 0.563 52 1-1-4
Germany United States Sigi Schmid Los Angeles Galaxy 14 10 8 0.563 50 1-2-8
United States Dave Dir Dallas Burn 14 14 4 0.500 46 0-0-4
Uruguay United States Fernando Clavijo New England Revolution 13 13 6 0.500 45 1-1-6
United States Glenn Myernick Colorado Rapids 13 15 4 0.469 43 3-1-4
United States Tom Fitzgerald Columbus Crew 11 16 5 0.422 38 1-0-5
England Ray Hudson Miami Fusion F.C. 11 11 1 0.500 34 1-1-1
Netherlands Thomas Rongen D.C. United 8 18 6 0.344 30 2-3-6
Germany Lothar Osiander San Jose Earthquakes 7 17 8 0.344 29 0-1-8
Brazil Ivo Wortmann Miami Fusion F.C. 1 4 4 0.333 7 0-0-4

Team Attendance Totals[edit]

Club Games Season Game Avg.
Los Angeles Galaxy 16 326,392 20,400
D.C. United 16 297,279 18,580
MetroStars 16 281,938 17,621
New England Revolution 16 247,409 15,463
Columbus Crew 16 247,220 15,451
Chicago Fire 16 214,189 13,387
Dallas Burn 16 209,637 13,102
Colorado Rapids 16 201,280 12,580
San Jose Earthquakes 16 199,364 12,460
Tampa Bay Mutiny 16 151,232 9,452
Kansas City Wizards 16 145,793 9,112
Miami Fusion F.C. 16 119,352 7,460
OVERALL 192 2,641,085 13,756

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