2007 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2007 MLS Cup Playoffs
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Country United States
Teams 8
Champions Houston Dynamo
Runners-up New England Revolution

The 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs was the postseason to Major League Soccer's 2007 season, and it concluded with MLS Cup 2007 on November 18, 2007 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.. The Houston Dynamo were victorious for the second season in a row, defeating the New England Revolution in the Final, also for the second year in a row.

Format[edit]

Main article: MLS Cup Playoffs

At season's end, the top two teams of each conference will make the playoffs; in addition, the next four highest point totals, regardless of conference, will also be in the playoffs. In the first round of this knockout tournament, aggregate goals over two matches determine the winners; the Conference Championships are one match each, with the winner of each conference advancing to MLS Cup. In all rounds, draws will be broken with two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. The away goals rule is not used.

Standings[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 D.C. United 55 30 16 7 7 56 34 22
2 New England Revolution 50 30 14 8 8 51 43 8
3 New York Red Bulls 43 30 12 11 7 47 45 2
4 Chicago Fire 40 30 10 10 10 31 36 -5
5 Kansas City Wizards 40 30 11 12 7 45 45 0
6 Columbus Crew 37 30 9 11 10 39 44 -5
7 Toronto FC[1] 25 30 6 17 7 25 49 -24
Western Conference
Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Chivas USA 53 30 15 7 8 46 28 18
2 Houston Dynamo 52 30 15 8 7 43 23 20
3 FC Dallas 44 30 13 12 5 37 44 -7
4 Colorado Rapids 35 30 9 13 8 29 34 -5
5 Los Angeles Galaxy 34 30 9 14 7 38 48 -10
6 Real Salt Lake 27 30 6 15 9 31 45 -14
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  • ^1 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team.
    If they had qualified for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team in the Eastern Conference not already qualified would have qualified.

Overall standings[edit]

Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 D.C. United (E1) 55 30 16 7 7 56 34 22
2 Chivas USA (W1) 53 30 15 7 8 46 28 18
3 Houston Dynamo[2] (W2) 52 30 15 8 7 43 23 20
4 New England Revolution[3] (E2) 50 30 14 8 8 51 43 8
5 FC Dallas 44 30 13 12 5 37 44 -7
6 New York Red Bulls 43 30 12 11 7 47 45 2
7 Chicago Fire 40 30 10 10 10 31 36 -5
8 Kansas City Wizards 40 30 11 12 7 45 45 0
9 Columbus Crew 37 30 9 11 10 39 44 -5
10 Colorado Rapids 35 30 9 13 8 29 34 -5
11 Los Angeles Galaxy 34 30 9 14 7 38 48 -10
12 Real Salt Lake 27 30 6 15 9 31 45 -14
13 Toronto FC[4] 25 30 6 17 7 25 49 -24
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2008, SuperLiga 2008, CONCACAF Champions League 2008-09[5]
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  • ^2 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS. Rather, they can qualify through the Canadian Championship.
    If they had qualified for the Champions League through MLS, then the highest placed team not already qualified would have qualified.
  • ^3 - Additional Champions League berths were awarded to the winner (Houston) and runner-up (New England) of MLS Cup 2007.
    The winner of the 2007 U.S. Open Cup (New England) also qualified.
    Because New England qualified twice, an additional berth was awarded to the 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield runner-up (Chivas USA).

Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2007
                             


E1  D.C. United 0 2  
E4  Chicago Fire 1 2  
  E4  Chicago Fire 0  
Eastern Conference
  E2  New England Revolution 1  
E3  New York Red Bulls 0 0
E2  New England Revolution 0 1  
  E2  New England Revolution 1
  W2  Houston Dynamo 2
W1  Chivas USA 0 0  
W4  Kansas City Wizards1 1 0  
  W4  Kansas City Wizards 0
Western Conference
  W2  Houston Dynamo 2  
W3  FC Dallas 1 1
W2  Houston Dynamo (aet) 0 4  

1 The Kansas City Wizards earned the eighth and final playoff berth, despite finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference. They represent the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket, as only three teams in the Western Conference qualified for the playoffs.

Conference semifinals[edit]

October 25, 2007
7:30 CDT
D.C. United 0 – 1 Chicago Fire
Carroll Booked 22'
Moreno Booked 86'
Report Gutierrez Booked 12'
Rolfe Goal 14'
Brown Booked 51'
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 17,834
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
November 1, 2007
7:30 EDT
Chicago Fire 2 – 2 D.C. United
Barrett Goal 31'
Rolfe Goal 33'
Segares Booked 54'
Pickens Booked 90+3'
Report McTavish Booked 61'
Perkins Booked 63'
Simms Goal 69'
Gomez Goal 74'
Dyachenko Red card 90+4'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 19,438
Referee: Jair Marrufo

October 27, 2007
7:30 EDT
New England Revolution 0 – 0 New York Red Bulls
Parkhurst Booked 73'
John Booked 85'
Report Parke Booked 83'
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 14,165
Referee: Jair Marrufo
November 3, 2007
7:30 EDT
New York Red Bulls 0 – 1 New England Revolution
Vide Booked 34' Report Joseph Booked 31'
Thompson Booked 50'
Twellman Goal 64'
Smith Booked 73'
Twellman Booked 80'
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 10,116
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja

October 27, 2007
7:00 CDT
Chivas USA 0 – 1 Kansas City Wizards
Zotinca Booked 45+1' Report Arnaud Goal 35'
Harrington Booked 44'
Garcia Booked 54'
Zavagnin Booked 88'
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 12,442
Referee: Alex Prus
November 3, 2007
7:30 PDT
Kansas City Wizards 0 – 0 Chivas USA
Johnson Booked 65' Report Marsch Booked 19'
Mendoza Booked 53'
Núñez Booked 62'
Bornstein Booked 89'
Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 19,711
Referee: Mark Geiger

October 27, 2007
7:00 CDT
Houston Dynamo 0 – 1 FC Dallas
Cochrane Booked 26' Report Ruíz Booked 19'
Goodson Goal 23'
Ricchetti Booked 58'
Oduro Booked 79'
Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas
Attendance: 12,537
Referee: Kevin Stott
November 2, 2007
7:30 CDT
FC Dallas 1 – 4 (A.E.T.) Houston Dynamo
Ruíz Goal 14'
Sala Booked 24'
Denílson Booked 39'
C Gbandi Booked 44'
Alvarez Red card 47'
Serioux Booked 78'
Moor Booked 99'
Moor Yellow cardRed card 119'
Ricchetti Booked 120'
Report Mulrooney Booked 28'
Robinson Booked 40'
Holden Goal 67'
Ching Goal 72'
Ching Goal 97'
Onstad Booked 98'
Davis Goal 100'
De Rosario Booked 109'
Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 30,088
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Conference finals[edit]

November 8, 2007
7:30 EST
Chicago Fire 0 – 1 New England Revolution
Report Larentowicz Booked 36'
Twellman Goal 38'

November 10, 2007
7:30 CST
Kansas City Wizards 0 – 2 Houston Dynamo
Garcia Booked 55'
Marinelli Booked 58'
Arnaud Booked 93'
Jaqua Goal 35'
Jaqua Booked 41'
De Rosario Goal 81'
Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 30,972
Referee: Jair Marrufo

Final[edit]

Main article: MLS Cup 2007
November 18, 2007
12:00 EST
New England Revolution 1 – 2 Houston Dynamo
Twellman Goal 20'
Smith Booked 65'
Barrett Booked 57'
Ngwenya Goal 61'
De Rosario Goal 74'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 39,859
Referee: Alex Prus

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