2004 Major League Soccer season

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2004 Major League Soccer season
Season 2004
MLS Cup D.C. United
Supporters' Shield Columbus Crew
Matches played 150
Goals scored 392 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Brian Ching
San Jose Earthquakes Goals: 12
Eddie Johnson
Dallas Burn
Goals: 12
Biggest home win NE 6-1 COL
Biggest away win LA 0-3 NY
DAL 0-3 NE
CHI 0-3 COL
Highest scoring SJ 5-5 NY
Longest winning run Columbus Crew
Games: 4
(05/15 - 06/06)
Columbus Crew
Games: 4
(09/04 - 09/25)
Longest unbeaten run Columbus Crew
Games: 18
(07/03/2004)
Longest losing run Dallas Burn
Games: 4
(05/08 - 05/29)
Highest attendance Los Angeles Galaxy
Season: 357,137
Game Avg.: 23,809
Lowest attendance Dallas Burn
Season: 136,319
Game Avg.: 9,088
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,333,797
Game Avg.: 15,559

This is a summary of the 2004 Major League Soccer season, which culminated with D.C. United winning its fourth MLS Cup championship.

The biggest news in the beginning of the season was the signing of 14-year-old prodigy Freddy Adu, who made his debut as a substitute in United's season opener and scored his first goal several games later against the rival MetroStars. Adu contributed as a substitute on DC's championship team, scoring five goals as the youngest player in North American sports history.

The season saw the emergence of forwards Brian Ching (San Jose) and Eddie Johnson (Dallas) as formidable forwards, not only for their MLS teams, but for the United States national team as well. The two shared Golden Boot honors.

The Columbus Crew emerged as a dominant team in the second half of the regular season, running off an MLS-record 18-game unbeaten streak en route to the Supporters' Shield title, won after finishing level on points with Kansas City.

In the playoffs, however, the Crew were taken down by the New England Revolution, who ended the Crew's streak in the opening leg, and goalkeeper Matt Reis, who saved two penalty kicks in the second leg. United cruised past the rival MetroStars (and league MVP Amado Guevara) 4-0 on aggregate in the other Eastern Conference semifinal.

In the Western Conference, Kansas City rallied from a 2-0 first-leg deficit for a dramatic 3-0 win in stoppage time over the defending MLS Cup champion San Jose Earthquakes in their conference semifinal. The Los Angeles Galaxy used a 2-0 home victory in the second leg to overcome the Colorado Rapids and goalie Joe Cannon, who had led the Rapids to a 1-0 victory in the opener.

In the conference finals, Kansas City used two goals from unsung forward Davy Arnaud, who enjoyed a breakout season, to beat the Galaxy and return to the final for the first time since 2000. DC United and New England hooked up in the Eastern Conference final in one of the best games in MLS playoff history. Playing at home, D.C. United took three different leads, only to see New England recover each time to tie the match 3-3 in a game full of highlight-reel goals. The match was finally decided by the first conventional shootout in MLS history, with Nick Rimando saving the first 'sudden death' penalty from Rookie of the Year Clint Dempsey to send DC to the championship.

In the second consecutive final held at the Home Depot Center, DC rebounded from an early Jose Burciaga goal by scoring three goals in eight minutes, including two from Alecko Eskandarian to take a 3-1 lead. In the second half, Dema Kovalenko became the first player to be sent off in an MLS Cup final after knocking a shot off the goal line with his hand. Although Josh Wolff converted the penalty kick, DC United held on with only 10 men to win its fourth championship in the nine-year history of MLS.

Play-off Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2004
                             


 Columbus Crew 0 1  
 New England Revolution (wins 2-1 agg.) 1 1  
   New England Revolution 3  
Eastern Conference
   DC United (wins 4-3 on PK's) 3*  
 DC United (wins 4-0 agg.) 2 2
 MetroStars 0 0  
   DC United 3
   Kansas City Wizards 2
 Kansas City Wizards (wins 3-2 agg.) 0 3  
 San Jose Earthquakes 2 0  
   Kansas City Wizards 2
Western Conference
   Los Angeles Galaxy 0  
 Los Angeles Galaxy (wins 2-1 agg.) 0 2
 Colorado Rapids 1 0  

Final standings[edit]

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
s - Columbus Crew 30 12 5 13 40 32 8 49
x - D.C. United 30 11 10 9 43 42 1 42
x - MetroStars 30 11 12 7 47 49 -2 40
x - New England Revolution 30 8 13 9 42 43 -1 33
Chicago Fire 30 8 13 9 36 44 -8 33
Western Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
x - Kansas City Wizards 30 14 9 7 38 30 8 49
x - Los Angeles Galaxy 30 11 9 10 42 40 2 43
x - Colorado Rapids 30 10 9 11 29 32 -3 41
x - San Jose Earthquakes 30 9 10 11 41 35 6 38
Dallas Burn 30 10 14 6 34 45 -11 36
  • The top four teams in each conference make the playoffs.

s = Supporters Shield
x = playoff berth

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Conference Semifinals[edit]

October 23, 2004
Columbus Crew 0–1 New England Revolution
Buddle Booked 26'
Fraser Booked 35'
Report Joseph Booked 4'
John Goal 25'
John Booked 58'
Heaps Booked 82'
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 5,679
Referee: N/A
October 31, 2004
New England Revolution 1–1 Columbus Crew
Twellman Goal 81' Report Martino Booked 26'
Hejduk Booked 68'
Buddle Goal 90+2'
Crew Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 15,224
Referee: Alex Prus

New England Revolution advance 2-1 on aggregate.


October 23, 2004
D.C. United 2–0 MetroStars
Kovalenko Booked 50'
Nelsen Booked 62'
Stewart Goal 67'
Gros Booked 75'
Eskandarian Goal 88'
Report Walker Booked 68'
Giants Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 11,161
Referee: Kevin Stott
October 30, 2004
MetroStars 0–2 D.C. United
Flores Booked 6'
Guevara Booked 18'
Clark Booked 45+1'
Pope Booked 88'
Report Olsen Booked 27'
Namoff Booked 35'
Kovalenko Booked 41'
Nelsen Booked 61'
Moreno Goal 85'
Adu Booked 86'
Namoff Goal 89'
RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 15,763
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela

DC United advance 4-0 on aggregate.


October 24, 2004
Kansas City Wizards 0–2 San Jose Earthquakes
Simutenkov Booked 41'
Zotinca Booked 59'
Report Agoos Booked 24'
Mullan Booked 38'
De Rosario Goal 40'
Waibel Goal 52'
October 30, 2004
San Jose Earthquakes 0–3 Kansas City Wizards
Donovan Booked 43' Report Stephenson Goal 26'
Jewsbury Booked 45+1'
Ching Goal 48' (o.g.)
Arnaud Booked 56'
Gutierrez Booked 78'
Jewsbury Goal 90+2'
Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 10,022
Referee: Terry Vaugn

Kansas City Wizards advance 3-2 on aggregate.


October 22, 2004
Los Angeles Galaxy 0–1 Colorado Rapids
Broome Booked 66' Report Peguero Goal 30'
Kotschau Booked 40'
Mastroeni Booked 76'
INVESCO Field
Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 8,028
Referee: Terry Vaughn
October 30, 2004
Colorado Rapids 0–2 Los Angeles Galaxy
Beckerman Booked 42'
Kotschau Booked 52'
Report Ruiz Goal 30'
Ruiz Booked 42'
Marshall Goal 45+3'
Kirovski Booked 74'
Hartman Booked 76'
Home Depot Center
Carson, California
Attendance: 20,026
Referee: Michael Kennedy

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 2-1 on aggregate.


Conference finals[edit]

November 5, 2004
Los Angeles Galaxy 0–2 Kansas City Wizards
Vagenas Booked 26'
Broome Booked 72'
Herzog Booked 83'
Report Arnaud Goal 24' Goal 68'
Burciaga Jr. Booked 41'
Zotinca Booked 72'
Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 11,931
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja

November 6, 2004
New England Revolution 3–3 (AET) D.C. United
Joseph Booked 1'
Twellman Goal 17'
Ralston Goal 44' (pen.)
John Booked 55'
Pierce Booked 62'
Noonan Goal 85'
Report Eskandarian Goal 11'
Moreno Goal 21'
Eskandarian Booked 49'
Namoff Booked 58'
Gomez Goal 67'
Olsen Booked 87'
  Penalties  
Ralston Penalty missed
Reis Penalty scored
Twellman Penalty scored
Heaps Penalty missed
Joseph Penalty scored
Dempsey Penalty missed
3–4 Penalty missed Olsen
Penalty scored Quaranta
Penalty scored Adu
Penalty scored Eskandarian
Penalty missed Moreno
Penalty scored Carroll
RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 21,201
Referee: Terry Vaughn

DC United advance 4-3 on penalties (3-3 after extra time).


MLS Cup 2004[edit]

November 14, 2004
Kansas City Wizards 2–3 D.C. United
Burciaga Jr. Goal 6'
Gutierrez Booked 33'
Wolff Goal 58' (pen.)
Report Eskandarian Goal 19' Goal 23'
Zotinca Goal 26' (o.g.)
Stewart Booked 55'
Kovalenko Red card 57'
Namoff Booked 72'
Olsen Booked 89'
Home Depot Center
Carson, California
Attendance: 25,797
Referee: Michael Kennedy

D.C. United wins the MLS Cup
Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United earn MLS berths to
CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2005.

Team Awards[edit]

Individual Awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player HondurasAmado Guevara MetroStars
Scoring Champion HondurasAmado Guevara (30) points MetroStars
United StatesPat Noonan (30) points New England Revolution
Defender of the Year United States Robin Fraser Columbus Crew
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Joe Cannon Colorado Rapids
Rookie of the Year United States Clint Dempsey New England Revolution
Coach of the Year United States Greg Andrulis Columbus Crew
Comeback Player of the Year United States Brian Ching San Jose Earthquakes
Goal of the Year Canada Dwayne De Rosario San Jose Earthquakes
Fair Play Award United States Eddie Pope MetroStars
Humanitarian of the Year United States Chris Henderson Colorado Rapids

Top Goal Scorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 United States Brian Ching San Jose Earthquakes 12
United States Eddie Johnson Dallas Burn 12
2 United States Edson Buddle Columbus Crew 11
United States Pat Noonan New England Revolution 11
Jamaica Damani Ralph Chicago Fire 11
United States Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy 11
3 United States Alecko Eskandarian DC United 10
Honduras Amado Guevara MetroStars 10
United States Josh Wolff Kansas City Wizards 10
United States John Wolyniec MetroStars 10

Goal-Scoring Totals[edit]

Club Overall
Record
Goals
For
Goals
For Avg.
Goals
Against
Goals
Against Avg.
MetroStars 11-12-7 47 1.57 (1st) 49 1.63 (10th)
D.C. United 11-10-9 43 1.43 (2nd) 42 1.40 (6th)
Los Angeles Galaxy 11-9-10 42 1.40 (3rd) 40 1.33 (5th)
New England Revolution 8-13-9 42 1.40 (4th) 43 1.43 (7th)
San Jose Earthquakes 9-10-11 41 1.37 (5th) 35 1.17 (4th)
Columbus Crew 12-5-13 40 1.33 (6th) 32 1.07 (2nd)
Kansas City Wizards 14-9-7 38 1.27 (7th) 30 1.00 (1st)
Chicago Fire 8-13-9 36 1.20 (8th) 44 1.47 (8th)
Dallas Burn 10-14-6 34 1.13 (9th) 45 1.50 (9th)
Colorado Rapids 10-9-11 29 0.97 (10th) 32 1.07 (2nd)
Overall Totals 392 2.61

Team Attendance Totals[edit]

Club Stadium Games Season Game Avg.
Chicago Fire Soldier Field 15 257,295 17,153
Colorado Rapids INVESCO Field 15 212,925 14,195
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew Stadium 15 253,079 16,872
MetroStars Giants Stadium 15 257,923 17,195
Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium 15 222,235 14,816
D.C. United Robert F. Kennedy Stadium 15 258,484 17,232
New England Revolution Gillette Stadium 15 183,385 12,226
Los Angeles Galaxy Home Depot Center 15 357,137 23,809
San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium 15 195,015 13,001
Dallas Burn Cotton Bowl 15 136,319 9,088
MLS Totals 150 2,333,797 15,559