2008 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
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Country United States
Teams 8
Champions Columbus Crew
Runners-up New York Red Bulls

The 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs were the postseason to Major League Soccer's 2008 season, and culminated with MLS Cup 2008 on November 23, 2008 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Format[edit]

Main article: MLS Cup Playoffs

At the 2008 season's end, the top three teams of each conference made the playoffs; in addition the clubs with the next two highest point totals, regardless of conference, were added to the playoffs. In the first round of this knockout tournament, aggregate goals over two matches determined the winners; the Conference Championships were one match each, with the winner of each conference advancing to MLS Cup. In all rounds, the tie-breaking method was two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. The away goals rule was not used.

Standings[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew 57 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14
2 Chicago Fire 46 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11
3 New England Revolution 43 30 12 11 7 40 43 –3
4 Kansas City Wizards 42 30 11 10 9 37 39 –2
5 New York Red Bulls 39 30 10 11 9 42 48 –6
6 D.C. United 37 30 11 15 4 43 51 –8
7 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 34 43 –9
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2008 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)


Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Houston Dynamo 51 30 13 5 12 45 32 +13
2 Chivas USA 43 30 12 11 7 40 41 –1
3 Real Salt Lake 40 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1
4 Colorado Rapids 38 30 11 14 5 44 45 –1
5 FC Dallas 36 30 8 10 12 45 41 +4
6 LA Galaxy 33 30 8 13 9 55 62 –7
7 San Jose Earthquakes 33 30 8 13 9 32 38 –6
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2008 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)


Overall standings[edit]

Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew (E1) 57 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14
2 Houston Dynamo (W1) 51 30 13 5 12 45 32 +13
3 Chicago Fire (E2) 46 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11
4 New England Revolution (E3) 43 30 12 11 7 40 43 –3
5 Chivas USA (W2) 43 30 12 11 7 40 41 –1
6 Kansas City Wizards 42 30 11 10 9 37 39 –2
7 Real Salt Lake (W3) 40 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1
8 New York Red Bulls3 39 30 10 11 9 42 48 –6
9 Colorado Rapids 38 30 11 14 5 44 45 –1
10 D.C. United3 37 30 11 15 4 43 51 –8
11 FC Dallas 36 30 8 10 12 45 41 +4
12 Toronto FC1 2 35 30 9 13 8 34 43 –9
13 LA Galaxy 33 30 8 13 9 55 62 –7
14 San Jose Earthquakes 33 30 8 13 9 32 38 –6
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2009 U.S. Open Cup, 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League3
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2009 U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League 2009–10
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2009 U.S. Open Cup, SuperLiga 2009
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
  • ^Note 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 not already qualified would have qualified.


Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2008
                             


E1  Columbus Crew 1 2  
E4  Kansas City Wizards 1 0  
  E1  Columbus Crew 2  
Eastern Conference
  E2  Chicago Fire 1  
E3  New England Revolution 0 0
E2  Chicago Fire 0 3  
  E1  Columbus Crew 3
  W4  New York Red Bulls 1
W1  Houston Dynamo 1 0  
W4  New York Red Bulls 1 3  
  W4  New York Red Bulls 1
Western Conference
  W3  Real Salt Lake 0  
W3  Real Salt Lake 1 2
W2  Chivas USA 0 2  

1 The New York Red Bulls 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]

November 1, 2008
7:00 PM CDT
Columbus Crew 1 – 1 Kansas City Wizards
Padula Booked 84'
Lenhart Goal 90+2'
Carroll Booked 90+3'
[1] Jewsbury Booked 40'
Arnaud Goal 53'
Gomez Red card 75'
Community America Ballpark, Kansas City, Kansas
Attendance: 10,385
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
November 8, 2008
7:30 PM EST
Kansas City Wizards 0 – 2 Columbus Crew
Arnaud Booked 39'
Wahl Booked 49'
[2] Evans Goal 7' Booked 63'
Rogers Goal 57' Booked 66'
Hejduk Booked 87'
Ekpo Booked 90'

October 30, 2008
7:30 PM EDT
Chicago Fire 0 – 0 New England Revolution
Soumare Booked 16'
Pause Booked 59'
Blanco Booked 69'
[3] Mansally Booked 42'
Castro Booked 73'
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 5,221
Referee: Alex Prus
November 6, 2008
7:30 PM CST
New England Revolution 0 – 3 Chicago Fire
Albright Booked 7' Yellow cardRed card 83'
Igwe Booked 45+2'
Joseph Booked 53'
[4] Thorrington Booked 36'
Rolfe Goal 45+2'
Conde Goal 47'
Busch Booked 62'
Segares Goal 74'
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 17,312
Referee: Jair Marrufo

November 1, 2008
4:00 PM EDT
Houston Dynamo 1 – 1 New York Red Bulls
Mullan Booked 53'
Kamara Goal 85'
[5] Richards Booked 29'
Angel Booked 37' Goal 48'
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 11,578
Referee: Kevin Stott
November 9, 2008
2:00 PM CST
New York Red Bulls 3 – 0 Houston Dynamo
van den Bergh Booked 5'
Richards Goal 25'
Goldthwaite Booked 28'
Angel Goal 36' (pen.)
Sassano Booked 45+2'
Wolyniec Goal 81'
[6] Robinson Booked 62'
Onstad Booked 69'
Mullan Booked 73'
Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 30,053
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

November 1, 2008
4:00 PM MDT
Chivas USA 0 – 1 Real Salt Lake
Razov Booked 66'
Thomas Booked 75'
[7] Williams Booked 29'
Beckerman Booked 42'
Movsisyan Goal 90'
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Attendance: 14,719
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
November 8, 2008
7:30 PM PST
Real Salt Lake 2 – 2 Chivas USA
Mathis Booked 10'
Borchers Booked 30'
Kovalenko Goal 39' Booked 42'
Morales Goal 77'
[8] Nagamura Booked 22'
Kljestan Goal 30' (pen.)
Bornstein Booked 60'
Braun Goal 83'
Razov Booked 86'
Thomas Booked 90+1'

Conference finals[edit]

November 13, 2008
7:30PM EST
Chicago Fire 1–2 Columbus Crew
Soumare Booked 22'
McBride Goal 29'
Segares Booked 48'
Prideaux Booked 67'
[9] Marshall Goal 49'
Gaven Goal 55'
O'Rourke Booked 57'
Hesmer Booked 90+2'
Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,688
Referee: Terry Vaughn

November 15, 2008
7:30PM MST
New York Red Bulls 1–0 Real Salt Lake
van den Bergh Goal 28'
Goldthwaite Booked 45'
Rojas Booked 64'
Leitch Booked 90+4'
[10]
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Attendance: 20,008
Referee: Jair Marrufo

MLS Cup[edit]

See also: MLS Cup 2008
November 23, 2008
12:30 PM PST
New York Red Bulls 1–3 Columbus Crew
Leitch Booked 4'
Wolyniec Goal 51'
Moreno Goal 31'
Marshall Goal 53'
Padula Booked 68'
Hejduk Goal 82'
Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

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