2002 Major League Soccer season

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2002 Major League Soccer season
Season 2002
MLS Cup Los Angeles Galaxy
Supporters' Shield Los Angeles Galaxy
Matches played 140
Goals scored 421 (3.01 per match)
Top goalscorer Carlos Ruiz
Los Angeles Galaxy
Goals: 24
Highest attendance Colorado Rapids
Season: 289,663
Game Avg.: 20,690
Lowest attendance San Jose Earthquakes
Season: 156,104
Game Avg.: 11,150
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,215,019
Game Avg.: 15,822

The 2002 Major League Soccer season was the league's 7th of competition. On January 8, 2002, after only four years in existence, the Miami Fusion F.C. ceased operations due to low attendance and an unfavorable stadium deal, and the Tampa Bay Mutiny also ceased operations due to the lack of local ownership. MLS eliminated the Central Division and in favor of its original two-conference alignment.

Final standings[edit]

Conference[edit]

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
y - New England Revolution 28 12 14 2 49 49 0 38
x - Columbus Crew 28 11 12 5 44 43 1 38
x - Chicago Fire 28 11 13 4 43 38 5 37
MetroStars 28 11 15 2 41 47 -6 35
D.C. United 28 9 14 5 31 40 -9 32
Western Conference GP* W L D GF GA GD Pts
s - Los Angeles Galaxy 28 16 9 3 44 33 11 51
x - San Jose Earthquakes 28 14 11 3 45 35 10 45
x - Dallas Burn 28 12 9 7 44 43 1 43
x - Colorado Rapids 28 13 11 4 43 48 -5 43
x - Kansas City Wizards 28 9 10 9 37 45 -8 36
  • Top eight teams with the highest points clinch play-off berth, regardless of conference.
    x = Playoff berth
    y = Conference Winner (Season)
    s = Supporters Shield/Conference winner (Season)

Overall[edit]

Pos Club GP W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification Head-to-head
1 Los Angeles Galaxy (SS) (W1) 28 16 9 3 44 33 +11 51 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup, 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2003 U.S. Open Cup
2 San Jose Earthquakes 28 14 11 3 45 35 +10 45 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup1, 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2003 U.S. Open Cup
3 Dallas Burn 28 12 9 7 44 43 +1 43 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2003 U.S. Open Cup DAL: 7 pts
COL: 4 pts
4 Colorado Rapids 28 13 11 4 43 48 -5 43
5 New England Revolution (E1) 28 12 14 2 49 49 0 38 NE: 7 pts
CLB: 4 pts
6 Columbus Crew 28 11 12 5 44 43 +1 38
7 Chicago Fire 28 11 13 4 43 38 +5 37
8 Kansas City Wizards2 28 9 10 9 37 45 -8 36 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs
9 MetroStars2 28 11 15 2 41 47 -6 35
10 D.C. United2 28 9 14 5 31 40 -9 32

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 Conference champion; (W1) = Western Conference 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.

  • ^Note 1 - Since Los Angeles Galaxy won MLS Cup 2002 and the Supporters' Shield, San Jose Earthquakes qualified for the CONCACAF Champions Cup by finishing as Supporters' Shield runners-up.
  • ^Note 2 - Since Kansas City Wizards, MetroStars, and D.C. United finished outside of the top seven in the league standings, they enter the U.S. Open Cup in the third round proper rather than fourth.

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Playoff bracket

  Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2002
                                       
   Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* (6 Points) 3* 1 5  
 Kansas City Wizards (3 Points) 2 4 2  
   Los Angeles Galaxy (6 Points) 4 1 x  
   Colorado Rapids (0 Points) 0 0 x  
 Dallas Burn (4 Points) 4 0 1
   Colorado Rapids (SDET)** (4 Points) 2 1 1**  
     Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)*     1*
   New England Revolution     0
   New England Revolution (6 Points) 2 1 2  
 Chicago Fire (3 Points) 0 2 0  
   New England Revolution (5 Points) 0 1 2
   Columbus Crew (2 Points) 0 0 2  
 San Jose Earthquakes (0 Points) 1 1 x
   Columbus Crew (6 Points) 2 2 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.

Conference Semi-finals[edit]

September 25, 2002
Kansas City Wizards 2 – 3 (AET) Los Angeles Galaxy
Preki Goal 25'
Brown Goal 70'
Ruiz (Pen) Goal 62' Goal 99'
Jones Goal 85'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 14,585
September 28, 2002
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – 4 Kansas City Wizards
Albright Goal 71' Simutenkov Goal 19'
Quill Goal 37'
Preki Goal 70'
Fabbro Goal 73'
October 2, 2002
Kansas City Wizards 2 – 5 Los Angeles Galaxy
Klein Goal 47'
Preki Goal 72'
Ruiz Goal 34' Goal 66'
Jones Goal 45'+, Goal 62'
Tennyson Goal 93'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 14,713
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6-3 on points.

September 26, 2002
Chicago Fire 0 – 2 New England Revolution
Twellman Goal 13'
Hernández Goal 60'
September 29, 2002
New England Revolution 1 – 2 Chicago Fire
Kamler Goal 28' Razov (Pen) Goal 43', Goal 76'
October 2, 2002
Chicago Fire 0 – 2 New England Revolution
Kamler Goal 12'
Twellman Goal 65'
  • New England Revolution advance 6-3 on points.

September 26, 2002
Columbus Crew 2 – 1 San Jose Earthquakes
Buddle Goal 38'
García Goal 81'
Donovan Goal 54'
September 28, 2002
San Jose Earthquakes 1 – 2 Columbus Crew
Graziani Goal 58' García Goal 50'
McBride Goal 81'
  • Columbus Crew advance 6-0 on points.

September 25, 2002
Colorado Rapids 2 – 4 Dallas Burn
Valderrama Goal 2'
Spencer (Pen) Goal 75'
Morrow Goal 26'
Kreis Goal 49'
Deering Goal 68'
Martínez Goal 70'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 6,360
September 28, 2002
Dallas Burn 0 – 1 Colorado Rapids
Carrieri Goal 78'
October 2, 2002
Colorado Rapids 1 – 1 Dallas Burn
Spencer Goal 22' Rhine Goal 6'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 8,008

  1 – 0 series OT (ASDET)  
Chung Golden goal in the 1st minute 1'

  • Colorado Rapids advance in series (sudden death) overtime, after 4-4 tie on points.

Conference Finals[edit]

October 5, 2002
Colorado Rapids 0 – 4 Los Angeles Galaxy
Califf Goal 21'
Ruiz Goal 24' Goal 84'
Hendrickson Goal 71'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 24,742
October 9, 2002
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – 0 Colorado Rapids
Ruiz Goal 64'
INVESCO Field
Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 12,367
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6-0 on points.

October 9, 2002
New England Revolution 1 – 0 Columbus Crew
Heaps Goal 3'
October 12, 2002
Columbus Crew 2 – 2 New England Revolution
McBride Goal 80'
Washington Goal 85'
Ralston Goal 17'
Harris Goal 47'
  • New England Revolution advance 5-2 on points.

MLS Cup 2002[edit]

October 20, 2002 (2002-10-20)
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – 0 (2OT) New England Revolution
Ruiz Golden goal in the 113th minute 113' Report

CONCACAF Champions' Cup[edit]

Club awards[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player Guatemala Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy
Scoring Champion United States Taylor Twellman (52 Points) New England Revolution
Defender of the Year United States Carlos Bocanegra Chicago Fire
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Joe Cannon San Jose Earthquakes
Rookie of the Year United States Kyle Martino Columbus Crew
Coach of the Year Scotland Steve Nicol New England Revolution
Comeback Player of the Year United States Chris Klein Kansas City Wizards
Goal of the Year Guatemala Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy
Fair Play Award Canada United States Mark Chung Colorado Rapids
Humanitarian of the Year United States Steve Jolley MetroStars

Top goal scorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Guatemala Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy 24
2 United States Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 23
3 Jamaica United States Jeff Cunningham Columbus Crew 16
4 United States Ante Razov Chicago Fire 14
Argentina Ecuador Ariel Graziani San Jose Earthquakes 14
6 United States Jason Kreis Dallas Burn 13
7 Senegal Mamadou Diallo* MetroStars 12
Brazil Rodrigo Faria MetroStars 12
9 United States Chris Carrieri Colorado Rapids 11
Canada United States Mark Chung Colorado Rapids 11
United States Chris Henderson Colorado Rapids 11

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

Goal-scoring totals[edit]

Club Overall
Record
Goals
For
Goals For
Avg.
Goals
Against
Goals
Against Avg.
New England Revolution 12-14-2 49 1.75 (1st) 49 1.75 (10th)
San Jose Earthquakes 14-11-3 45 1.61 (2nd) 35 1.25 (2nd)
Columbus Crew 11-12-5 44 1.57 (3rd) 43 1.54 (5th)
Dallas Burn 12-9-7 44 1.57 (4th) 43 1.54 (5th)
Los Angeles Galaxy 16-9-3 44 1.57 (5th) 33 1.18 (1st)
Colorado Rapids 13-11-4 43 1.54 (6th) 48 1.71 (9th)
Chicago Fire 11-13-4 43 1.54 (7th) 38 1.36 (3rd)
MetroStars 11-15-2 41 1.46 (8th) 47 1.68 (8th)
Kansas City Wizards 9-10-9 37 1.32 (9th) 45 1.61 (7th)
D.C. United 9-14-5 31 1.11 (10th) 40 1.43 (4th)
Overall totals 421 3.01

Winningest coaches (by wins)[edit]

Coach Club Win Loss Draw Pct. Pts. OT Rec.
Germany United States Sigi Schmid Los Angeles Galaxy 16 9 3 0.625 51 3-3-3
England Canada Frank Yallop San Jose Earthquakes 14 11 3 0.554 45 1-0-3
United States Tim Hankinson Colorado Rapids 13 11 4 0.536 43 1-1-4
United States Mike Jeffries Dallas Burn 12 9 7 0.554 43 3-0-7
United States Greg Andrulis Columbus Crew 11 12 5 0.482 38 1-3-5
United States Bob Bradley Chicago Fire 11 13 4 0.464 37 2-1-4
Ecuador Octavio Zambrano MetroStars 11 15 2 0.429 35 1-1-2
Scotland Steve Nicol New England Revolution 10 10 1 0.500 31 0-1-1
United States Bob Gansler Kansas City Wizards 9 10 9 0.482 36 0-2-9
England Ray Hudson D.C. United 9 14 5 0.411 32 2-2-5
Uruguay United States Fernando Clavijo New England Revolution 2 4 1 0.357 7 0-0-1

Team attendance totals[edit]

Club Games Season Game Avg.
Colorado Rapids 14 289,663 20,690
Los Angeles Galaxy 14 266,664 19,047
MetroStars 14 254,174 18,155
Columbus Crew 14 243,999 17,429
New England Revolution 14 236,973 16,927
D.C. United 14 231,264 16,519
Dallas Burn 14 183,702 13,122
Chicago Fire 14 180,908 12,922
Kansas City Wizards 14 171,568 12,255
San Jose Earthquakes 14 156,104 11,150
OVERALL 140 2,215,019 15,822

References[edit]