2003 Major League Soccer season

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2003 Major League Soccer season
Season 2003
MLS Cup San Jose Earthquakes
Supporters' Shield Chicago Fire
Matches played 150
Goals scored 433 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorer Carlos Ruiz
Los Angeles Galaxy
Goals: 15
Taylor Twellman
N.E. Revolution
Goals: 15
Biggest home win CHI 4-0 COL
CLB 6-2 CHI
Biggest away win SJ 1-4 CHI
DAL 0-3 SJ
Highest scoring NY 4-4 SJ
CLB 6-2 CHI
Longest winning run Colorado Rapids
Games: 5
(07/04 - 08/09)
MetroStars
Games: 5
(04/26 - 05/24)
Longest unbeaten run Chicago Fire
Games: 7
(07/19 - 08/24)
Colorado Rapids
Games: 7
(08/16 - 10/01)
Longest losing run Colorado Rapids
Games: 4
(05/03 - 05/25)
Dallas Burn
Games: 4
(07/19 -08/13)
Highest attendance Los Angeles Galaxy
Season: 329,752
Game Avg.: 21,983
Lowest attendance Dallas Burn
Season: 118,585
Game Avg.: 7,906
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,234,747
Game Avg.: 14,898

The 2003 Major League Soccer season was the 8th season of play.

Changes From 2002[edit]

  • Instead of a best-of-three series, the MLS Cup Playoffs changed their format so that the quarterfinal fixtures (or conference semifinals) would be a home and away aggregate over two matches, the team with the higher seed would have the home game in the second leg. The two semifinals (or conference finals) became one match fixtures instead of two legs. The Cup final remained one match.

Final Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
s - Chicago Fire 30 15 7 8 53 43 10 53
x - New England Revolution 30 12 9 9 55 47 8 45
x - MetroStars 30 11 10 9 40 40 0 42
x - D.C. United 30 10 11 9 38 36 2 39
Columbus Crew 30 10 12 8 44 44 0 38
Western Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
x - San Jose Earthquakes 30 14 7 9 45 35 10 51
x - Kansas City Wizards 30 11 10 9 48 44 4 42
x - Colorado Rapids 30 11 12 7 40 45 -5 40
x - Los Angeles Galaxy 30 9 12 9 35 35 0 36
Dallas Burn 30 6 19 5 35 64 -29 23
  • The top four teams in each conference make the playoffs.

s = Supporters Shield
x = Playoff Berth

Play-off Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2003
                             


 Chicago Fire (wins 4-0 agg.) 2 2  
 D.C. United 0 0  
   Chicago Fire 1  
Eastern Conference
   New England Revolution 0  
 New England Revolution (wins 3-1 agg.) 2 1
 MetroStars 0 1  
   Chicago Fire 2
   San Jose Earthquakes 4
 San Jose Earthquakes (wins 5-4 agg.) 0 5*  
 Los Angeles Galaxy 2 2  
   San Jose Earthquakes 3
Western Conference
   Kansas City Wizards 2  
 Kansas City Wizards (wins 3-1 agg.) 1 2
 Colorado Rapids 1 0  

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

November 1, 2003
Chicago Fire 2 – 0 D.C. United
Williams Goal 4'
Razov Goal 94'
 
Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 15,202
November 9, 2003
D.C. United 0 – 2 Chicago Fire
  Ralph Goal 17'
Razov Goal 55'
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 15,312
  • Chicago Fire advance 4-0 on aggregate.

November 1, 2003
New England Revolution 2 – 0 MetroStars
Fabbro Goal 17'
Noonan Goal 65'
 
November 9, 2003
MetroStars 1 – 1 New England Revolution
Guevara Goal 45'+ (pen) Noonan Goal 21'
  • New England Revolution advance 3-1 on aggregate.

Western Conference Semifinals[edit]

November 1, 2003
San Jose Earthquakes 0 – 2 Los Angeles Galaxy
Victorine Goal 59'
Ruiz Goal 62'
November 9, 2003
Los Angeles Galaxy 2 – 5 (AET) San Jose Earthquakes
Ruiz Goal 7'
Vagenas Goal 13'
Agoos Goal 21'
Donovan Goal 35'
Walker Goal 50'
Roner Goal 90'
Faria Golden goal in the 96th minute 96'
  • San Jose Earthquakes advance 5-4 on aggregate after sudden death extra time.

November 4, 2003
Kansas City Wizards 1 – 1 Colorado Rapids
Harris Goal 3' Borchers Goal 53'
November 8, 2003
Colorado Rapids 0 – 2 Kansas City Wizards
Simutenkov Goal 45'+
Klein Goal 63'
  • Kansas City Wizards advance 3-1 on aggregate.

Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference

November 14, 2003
New England Revolution 0 – 1 (AET) Chicago Fire
Armas Golden goal in the 101st minute 101'
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 14,610
  • Chicago Fire advance 1-0 in sudden death extra time.

Western Conference

November 15, 2003
Kansas City Wizards 2 – 3 (AET) San Jose Earthquakes
Simutenkov Goal 57'
Klein Goal 72'
Lagos Goal 61'
Mullan Goal 83'
Donovan Golden goal in the 117th minute 117'
  • San Jose Earthquakes advance 3-2 in sudden death extra time.

MLS Cup 2003[edit]

November 23, 2003
Chicago Fire 2 – 4 San Jose Earthquakes
Beasley Goal 49'
Roner Goal 54'(og)
Ekelund Goal 5'
Donovan Goal 38',71'
Mulrooney Goal 50'

CONCACAF Champions' Cup[edit]

Team awards[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia United States Preki Kansas City Wizards
Scoring Champion Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia United States Preki (41) points Kansas City Wizards
Defender of the Year United States Carlos Bocanegra Chicago Fire
Goalkeeper of the Year Canada Pat Onstad San Jose Earthquakes
Rookie of the Year Jamaica Damani Ralph Chicago Fire
Coach of the Year United States Dave Sarachan Chicago Fire
Comeback Player of the Year United States Chris Armas Chicago Fire
Goal of the Year Jamaica Damani Ralph Chicago Fire
Fair Play Award United States Brian McBride Columbus Crew
Humanitarian of the Year United States Ben Olsen D.C. United

Top goal scorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Guatemala Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy 15
United States Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 15
2 United States Ante Razov Chicago Fire 14
Scotland John Spencer Colorado Rapids 14
3 United States Landon Donovan San Jose Earthquakes 12
United States Brian McBride Columbus Crew 12
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia United States Preki Kansas City Wizards 12
4 Canada United States Mark Chung Colorado Rapids 11
Jamaica Damani Ralph Chicago Fire 11
5 United States Edson Buddle Columbus Crew 10
United States Pat Noonan New England Revolution 10

Goal-scoring totals[edit]

Club Overall
Record
Goals
For
Goals
For Avg.
Goals
Against
Goals
Against Avg.
New England Revolution 12-9-9 55 1.83 (1st) 47 1.57 (9th)
Chicago Fire 15-7-8 53 1.77 (2nd) 43 1.43 (5th)
Kansas City Wizards 11-10-9 48 1.60 (3rd) 44 1.47 (6th)
San Jose Earthquakes 14-7-9 45 1.50 (4th) 35 1.17 (1st)
Columbus Crew 10-12-8 44 1.47 (5th) 44 1.47 (6th)
Colorado Rapids 11-12-7 40 1.33 (6th) 45 1.50 (8th)
MetroStars 11-10-9 40 1.33 (7th) 40 1.33 (4th)
D.C. United 10-11-9 38 1.27 (8th) 36 1.20 (3rd)
Dallas Burn 6-19-5 35 1.117 (9th) 64 2.13 (10th)
Los Angeles Galaxy 9-12-9 35 1.17 (10th) 35 1.17 (1st)
Overall totals 433 2.89

Team attendance totals[edit]

Club Stadium Games Season Game Avg.
Los Angeles Galaxy The Home Depot Center 15 329,752 21,983
Colorado Rapids Invesco Field 15 251,578 16,772
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew Stadium 15 243,756 16,250
MetroStars Giants Stadium 15 237,326 15,822
Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium 15 233,594 15,573
D.C. United Robert F. Kennedy Stadium 15 233,476 15,565
New England Revolution Gillette Stadium 15 219,611 14,641
Chicago Fire Cardinal Stadium 15 210,080 14,005
San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium 15 156,989 10,466
Dallas Burn Cotton Bowl 15 118,585 7,906
MLS totals 150 2,234,747 14,898

References[edit]