2001 Major League Soccer season

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2001 Major League Soccer season
Season 2001
MLS Cup San Jose Earthquakes
Supporters' Shield Miami Fusion F.C.
Matches played 158
Goals scored 519 (3.28 per match)
Top goalscorer Alex Pineda Chacon
Miami Fusion F.C.
Goals: 19
Highest attendance D.C. United
Season: 258,213
Game Avg.: 21,518
Lowest attendance San Jose Earthquakes
Season: 125,250
Game Avg.: 9,635
Average attendance Major League Soccer
Season: 2,363,859
Game Avg.: 14,961

This is a summary of the 2001 Major League Soccer season. The MLS season was shortened due to the September 11 attacks, with the final weeks' regular season's matches canceled.

The playoffs, however, would still be played, and the San Jose Earthquakes would win their first MLS Cup.

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Division GP* W L D GF GA GD Pts
s - Miami Fusion F.C. 26 16 5 5 57 36 21 53
x - MetroStars 26 13 10 3 38 35 3 42
New England Revolution 27 7 14 6 35 52 -17 27
D.C. United 26 8 16 2 42 50 -8 26
Central Division GP* W L D GF GA GD Pts
x - Chicago Fire 27 16 6 5 50 30 20 53
x - Columbus Crew 26 13 7 6 49 36 13 45
x - Dallas Burn 26 10 11 5 48 47 1 35
Tampa Bay Mutiny 27 4 21 2 32 68 -36 14
Western Division GP* W L D GF GA GD Pts
x - Los Angeles Galaxy 26 14 7 5 52 36 16 47
x - San Jose Earthquakes 26 13 7 6 47 29 18 45
x - Kansas City Wizards 27 11 13 3 33 53 -20 36
Colorado Rapids 26 5 13 8 36 47 -11 23
  • Top eight teams with the highest points clinch play-off berth, regardless of division.
    s = Supporters Shield
    x = Clinched playoff berth
  • Miami Fusion F.C. wins first tiebreaker with Chicago Fire (2-0 in head-to-head competition)
  • Columbus Crew wins first tiebreaker with San Jose Earthquakes (1-0-1 in head-to-head competition)
  • GP* (Games Played) = Season shorten due to 9/11 attacks.

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Playoff Bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals MLS Cup 2001
                                       
  2  Chicago Fire (7 Points) 2 1 2  
7  Dallas Burn (1 Points) 0 1 0  
   Chicago Fire (1 Points) 1 0 1  
   Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* (7 Points) 1 1* 2*  
3  Los Angeles Galaxy (SDET)* (4 Points) 1 1 3*
  6  MetroStars (4 Points) 1 4 2  
     Los Angeles Galaxy     1
   San Jose Earthquakes (ASDET)*     2*
  1  Miami Fusion F.C. (6 Points) 2 0 2  
8  Kansas City Wizards (3 Points) 0 3 1  
   Miami Fusion F.C. (3 Points) 1 0 0
   San Jose Earthquakes (SDET)* (6 Points) 0 4 1*  
4  Columbus Crew (0 Points) 1 0 x
  5  San Jose Earthquakes (6 Points) 3 3 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 20, 2001
Dallas Burn 0 – 2 Chicago Fire
Bocanegra Goal 40'
Whitfield Goal 90'+
September 23, 2001
Chicago Fire 1 – 1 Dallas Burn
J. Beasley Goal 84' Deering Goal 27'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance:: 17,149
September 29, 2001
Dallas Burn 0 – 2 Chicago Fire
Kovalenko Goal 17'
Armas Goal 55'
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 12,811

Chicago Fire advance 7-1 on points.


September 22, 2001
Kansas City Wizards 0 – 2 Miami Fusion F.C.
Serna Goal 28'
Pineda Chacon Goal 53'
September 26, 2001
Miami Fusion F.C. 0 – 3 Kansas City Wizards
Lowe Goal 24'
McKeon Goal 31' (Pen)
Gomez Goal 45'+
September 29, 2001
Kansas City Wizards 1 – 2 Miami Fusion F.C.
Lowe Goal 13' Preki Goal 14'
Henderson Goal 71'

Miami Fusion advance 6-3 on points.


September 23, 2001
MetroStars 1 – 1 Los Angeles Galaxy
Faria Goal 29' Caligiuri Goal 63'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 11,580
September 26, 2001
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – 4 MetroStars
Victorine Goal 4' Faria Goal 72', Goal 80'
Chung Goal 75'
Valencia Goal 83'
September 29, 2001
MetroStars 2 – 3 Los Angeles Galaxy
Villegas Goal 49', Goal 60' Victorine Goal 21', Goal 33'
Frye Goal 56'

  0 – 1 series (SDET)  
Cienfuegos Golden goal in the 8th minute 8'

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 1-0 in series overtime (SDET) after 4-4 tie on points.


September 22, 2001
San Jose Earthquakes 3 – 1 Columbus Crew
Donovan Goal 5' Goal 45'+
Lagos Goal 31'
Warzycha pen Goal 54'
September 26, 2001
Columbus Crew 0 – 3 San Jose Earthquakes
Lagos Goal 9'
Cerritos Goal 68'
Donovan Goal 76'

San Jose Earthquakes advance 6-0 on points.

Semifinals[edit]


October 10, 2001
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – 1 Chicago Fire
Hernández Goal 44' Wynalda Goal 32'
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 10,388
October 13, 2001
Chicago Fire 0 – 1 (AET) Los Angeles Galaxy
Vagenas Goal 94'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 10,100
October 17, 2001
Los Angeles Galaxy 2 – 1 (AET) Chicago Fire
Califf Goal 44'
Cienfuegos Goal 98'
D. Beasley Goal 30'
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 13,444

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 7-1 on points.


October 10, 2001
San Jose Earthquakes 0 – 1 Miami Fusion F.C.
Preki Goal 53'
October 14, 2001
Miami Fusion F.C. 0 – 4 San Jose Earthquakes
Donovan Goal 16'
Russell Goal 57'
Lagos Goal 69'
De Rosario Goal 89'
October 17, 2001
San Jose Earthquakes 1 – 0 (AET) Miami Fusion F.C.
Dayak Goal 94'

San Jose Earthquakes advance 6-3 on points.

MLS Cup 2001[edit]

October 21, 2001
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – 2 (AET) San Jose Earthquakes
Hernández Goal 21' Donovan Goal 43'
De Rosario Goal 96'

Team Awards[edit]

International Competition[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Copa Merconorte

CONCACAF Giants Cup

Top Goal Scorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Honduras Alex Pineda Chacon Miami Fusion F.C. 19
2 Colombia Diego Serna Miami Fusion F.C. 15
3 Scotland John Spencer Colorado Rapids 14
Sierra Leone Abdul Thompson Conteh D.C. United 14
5 El Salvador Ronald Cerritos San Jose Earthquakes 11
Argentina Ecuador Ariel Graziani Dallas Burn 11
7 Jamaica United States Jeff Cunningham Columbus Crew 10
United States Eric Wynalda* Chicago Fire 10
9 Senegal Mamadou Diallo Tampa Bay Mutiny 9
10 Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 9

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

Individual awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player Honduras Alex Pineda Chacon Miami Fusion F.C.
Scoring Champion Honduras Alex Pineda Chacon (47 Points) Miami Fusion F.C.
Defender of the Year United States Jeff Agoos San Jose Earthquakes
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Tim Howard MetroStars
Rookie of the Year Brazil Rodrigo Faria MetroStars
Coach of the Year England Canada Frank Yallop San Jose Earthquakes
Comeback Player of the Year United States Troy Dayak San Jose Earthquakes
Goal of the Year United States Clint Mathis MetroStars
Fair Play Award Honduras Alex Pineda Chacon Miami Fusion F.C.
Humanitarian of the Year United States Tim Howard MetroStars

Winningest Coaches (By Wins)[edit]

Coach Club Win Loss Draw Pct. Pts. OT Rec.
England Ray Hudson Miami Fusion F.C. 16 5 5 0.712 53 0-0-5
United States Bob Bradley Chicago Fire 16 6 5 0.685 53 1-2-5
Germany United States Sigi Schmid Los Angeles Galaxy 14 7 5 0.635 47 3-0-5
England Canada Frank Yallop San Jose Earthquakes 13 7 6 0.615 45 0-0-6
Ecuador Octavio Zambrano MetroStars 13 10 3 0.558 42 0-0-3
United States Greg Andrulis Columbus Crew 12 4 4 0.700 40 1-0-4
United States Bob Gansler Kansas City Wizards 11 13 3 0.463 36 0-2-3
United States Mike Jeffries Dallas Burn 10 11 5 0.481 35 2-1-5
Netherlands Thomas Rongen D.C. United 8 16 2 0.346 26 0-1-2
Uruguay United States Fernando Clavijo New England Revolution 7 14 6 0.370 27 1-0-6
United States Tim Hankinson Colorado Rapids 5 13 8 0.346 23 0-1-8
Spain Alfonso Mondelo Tampa Bay Mutiny 3 12 1 0.219 10 0-0-1
United States Tom Fitzgerald Columbus Crew 1 3 2 0.333 5 0-0-2
United States Perry Van der Beck Tampa Bay Mutiny 1 9 1 0.136 4 0-1-1

Team Attendance Totals[edit]

Club Games Season Game Avg.
D.C. United 12 258,213 21,518
MetroStars 13 270,477 20,806
Columbus Crew 13 227,644 17,511
Los Angeles Galaxy 13 226,035 17,387
Colorado Rapids 13 214,249 16,481
Chicago Fire 14 229,438 16,388
New England Revolution 13 203,501 15,654
Dallas Burn 13 163,465 12,574
Miami Fusion F.C. 14 156,481 11,177
Kansas City Wizards 13 142,402 10,954
Tampa Bay Mutiny 14 146,704 10,479
San Jose Earthquakes 13 125,250 9,635
OVERALL 158 2,363,859 14,961

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