2008 Major League Soccer season

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2008 Major League Soccer season
Season 2008
MLS Cup Columbus Crew
Supporters' Shield Columbus Crew
Champions League Columbus Crew
New York Red Bulls
Houston Dynamo
D.C. United
SuperLiga Chicago Fire
N.E. Revolution
Chivas USA
Kansas City Wizards
Matches played 210
Goals scored 591 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorer Landon Donovan
Los Angeles Galaxy
Goals: 20
Biggest home win COL 4-0 LA
CHI 4-0 NE
RSL 4-0 DCU
Biggest away win FCD 1-5 LA
NY 1-5 CHI
Highest scoring NY 4-5 COL
Longest winning run 5 games:
Columbus Crew
Longest unbeaten run 9 games:
Columbus Crew
San Jose Earthquakes
Longest losing run 4 games:
D.C. United
Highest attendance LA @ NY
Highest Gate: 46,754
Los Angeles Galaxy
Season: 390,132
Game Avg.: 26,009
Lowest attendance CLB @ CHV
Lowest Gate: 6,733
Kansas City Wizards
Season: 160,286
Game Avg.: 10,686
Average attendance MLS
Season: 3,456,641
Game Avg.: 16,460 [1]

The 2008 Major League Soccer season was the 13th season in league history. The season began on March 29 and ended with MLS Cup 2008, on November 23 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.[2]

Changes from the 2007 season[edit]

Competition format[edit]

The format for the 2008 season was as follows:

  • The season ran from March 29 to November 23.
  • The 14 teams were split into two seven-team conferences. Each team played 30 games that were evenly divided between home and away games. Each team played every other team twice, home and away, for a total of 26 games. The remaining four games were played against four regional rivals, two at home and two away.
  • The three teams from each conference with the most points qualified for the playoffs. In addition, the next two highest point totals, regardless of conference, also qualified. In the first round aggregate goals over two matches determined the winners. The conference finals were played as a single match, and the winners advanced to MLS Cup 2008. In all rounds, draws were broken with two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. The away goals rule was not used in any round.
  • The team with the most points in the regular season won the MLS Supporters' Shield and qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League 2009–10. The MLS Cup winner also qualified for the Champions League 2009–10. The MLS Cup runner-up qualified for the Champions League 2009–10. An additional berth in the Champions League was also awarded to the winner of the 2008 U.S. Open Cup. If a team qualified for multiple berths into the Champions League, then additional berths were awarded to the highest overall finishing MLS team(s) not already qualified. Also, Toronto FC, as a Canadian-based team, cannot qualify through MLS for the Champions League, and must instead qualify through the Canadian Championship.
  • The four teams with the most points in the regular season, regardless of conference, who have not qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League qualified for SuperLiga 2009.
  • The six teams, regardless of conference, with the most points also qualified for berths into the 2009 U.S. Open Cup. The rest of the U.S.-based MLS teams have to qualify for the remaining two berths via a series of play-in games.

Tiebreakers[edit]

  1. Head-to-Head (Points-per-match average)
  2. Overall Goal Differential
  3. Overall Total Goals Scored
  4. Tiebreakers 1-3 applied only to matches on the road
  5. Tiebreakers 1-3 applied only to matches at home
  6. Fewest team disciplinary points in the League Fair Play table
  7. Coin toss

NOTE: If more than two clubs are tied, once a club advances through any step, the process reverts to Tiebreaker 1 among the remaining tied clubs.

MLS Tiebreakers

Results table[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Chicago Fire - CHI • Chivas USA - CHV • Colorado Rapids - COL • Columbus Crew - CLB • D.C. United - DC
FC Dallas - DAL • Houston Dynamo - HOU • Kansas City Wizards - KC • Los Angeles Galaxy - LA • New England Revolution - NE
New York Red Bulls - NY • Real Salt Lake - RSL • San Jose Earthquakes - SJ • Toronto FC - TOR
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Chicago Fire RSL NE SJ KC COL NE DC HOU NY DC DAL CHV SJ CLB TOR RSL KC CHV NE DC LA HOU NY COL DAL LA KC CLB TOR NY
1-1 0-4 1-0 1-0 1-2 3-0 2-0 2-1 5-1 2-1 0-1 0-2 0-0 2-2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 2-1 1-0 1-0 1-2 0-1 0-2 4-1 1-3 1-1 2-2 2-3 2-5
Chivas USA DAL RSL CLB DAL LA HOU NE DC COL CLB NY RSL CHI NY SJ LA CHI KC LA HOU SJ TOR TOR NE RSL KC DC SJ COL HOU
1-1 1-3 3-4 2-0 2-5 0-0 2-1 1-3 2-1 0-2 0-1 1-0 0-2 1-1 0-1 1-1 0-1 2-3 2-2 0-4 0-0 1-2 3-1 0-4 1-0 1-2 3-0 1-0 2-1 1-1
Colorado Rapids LA KC NE SJ CHI DC HOU RSL CHV DAL LA TOR HOU CLB NY SJ DAL CLB TOR KC DC RSL DAL CHI NE NY HOU LA CHV RSL
0-4 2-3 1-0 2-0 1-2 0-2 1-2 0-2 2-1 1-2 2-3 1-3 0-0 1-2 0-4 1-1 2-2 2-0 0-1 1-2 0-3 0-2 1-0 0-2 1-1 5-4 3-1 2-3 2-1 1-1
Columbus Crew TOR NY CHV DC HOU KC SJ TOR NE CHV SJ KC LA COL CHI RSL KC COL HOU DAL RSL DAL NE TOR NY NE LA CHI NY DC
0-2 0-2 3-4 2-1 0-1 1-2 3-2 0-0 1-0 0-2 2-0 3-0 3-3 1-2 2-2 0-2 3-3 2-0 0-2 1-2 0-3 2-1 0-4 1-1 1-3 1-0 0-1 2-2 1-3 0-1
D.C. United KC TOR RSL CLB RSL COL CHI CHV TOR TOR NE CHI NY SJ LA HOU KC NY CHI NE COL NY SJ DAL LA DAL CHV HOU NE CLB
0-2 1-4 0-4 2-1 1-4 0-2 2-0 1-3 0-1 2-3 2-2 2-1 1-4 1-3 1-4 2-0 0-2 4-1 1-0 1-2 0-3 0-0 1-2 2-2 2-5 0-3 3-0 0-0 1-2 0-1
FC Dallas CHV HOU NY CHV NE SJ RSL LA RSL HOU COL NE CHI NY HOU KC COL LA TOR CLB KC CLB COL DC CHI DC SJ TOR RSL LA
1-1 3-3 0-2 2-0 1-0 0-0 1-2 5-1 1-2 2-2 1-2 1-2 0-1 0-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 0-4 2-0 1-2 1-1 2-1 1-0 2-2 4-1 0-3 1-1 2-2 1-3 2-2
Houston Dynamo NE DAL KC LA CLB CHV COL CHI SJ DAL NY TOR NE COL DAL RSL DC CLB RSL CHV NY CHI KC SJ TOR COL DC SJ LA CHV
0-3 3-3 0-0 2-2 0-1 0-0 1-2 2-1 1-2 2-2 0-1 1-3 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 2-0 0-2 3-4 0-4 0-3 1-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 3-1 0-0 1-2 0-3 1-1
Kansas City Wizards DC COL NE HOU CHI TOR CLB NY LA RSL CLB TOR RSL DAL NY CLB CHI DC CHV COL DAL SJ HOU LA TOR CHV CHI NE SJ NE
0-2 2-3 3-1 0-0 1-0 0-2 1-2 1-1 1-3 0-0 3-0 0-0 0-1 1-1 1-2 3-3 0-0 0-2 2-3 1-2 1-1 1-2 1-3 0-2 0-2 1-2 1-1 0-1 2-3 3-1
Los Angeles Galaxy COL SJ TOR HOU CHV RSL NY DAL KC TOR COL SJ CLB DC NE CHV NY DAL SJ CHV CHI NE RSL KC DC CHI CLB COL HOU DAL
0-4 0-2 3-2 2-2 2-5 2-2 2-1 5-1 1-3 0-2 2-3 3-0 3-3 1-4 2-1 1-1 2-2 0-4 2-3 2-2 1-0 2-2 2-2 0-2 2-5 1-3 0-1 2-3 0-3 2-2
New England Revolution HOU CHI KC COL NY DAL CHI CHV SJ CLB DC DAL HOU NY RSL TOR LA CHI SJ DC TOR LA CLB CHV COL CLB RSL KC DC KC
0-3 0-4 3-1 1-0 1-1 1-0 3-0 2-1 0-2 1-0 2-2 1-2 2-0 1-1 1-2 1-2 2-1 2-1 0-4 1-2 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-4 1-1 1-0 2-2 0-1 1-2 3-1
New York Red Bulls CLB DAL NE SJ TOR LA KC CHI HOU CHV DC NE DAL CHV COL KC LA SJ DC TOR HOU DC CHI RSL CLB COL TOR RSL CLB CHI
0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-1 1-1 5-1 0-1 0-1 1-4 1-1 0-1 1-1 0-4 1-2 2-2 1-1 4-1 0-2 0-3 0-0 0-1 1-2 1-3 5-4 3-1 1-1 1-3 2-5
Real Salt Lake CHI CHV DC TOR DC LA DAL COL DAL SJ KC CHV SJ NE KC HOU CLB CHI TOR HOU CLB COL LA NY CHV SJ NE NY DAL COL
1-1 1-3 0-4 0-1 1-4 2-2 1-2 0-2 1-2 1-3 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-2 0-0 1-2 3-4 0-3 0-2 2-2 1-2 1-0 3-2 2-2 1-1 1-3 1-1
San Jose Earthquakes LA CHI COL NY DAL CLB NE HOU RSL CLB LA RSL DC CHI CHV COL TOR NY LA NE CHV KC DC HOU RSL DAL CHV HOU KC TOR
0-2 1-0 2-0 0-2 0-0 3-2 0-2 1-2 1-3 2-0 3-0 0-0 1-3 0-0 1-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 2-3 0-4 0-0 1-2 1-2 1-1 3-2 1-1 1-0 1-2 2-3 0-2
Toronto FC CLB DC LA RSL KC NY CLB DC DC LA HOU COL KC NE CHI SJ RSL DAL COL NY NE CHV CHV CLB KC HOU NY DAL CHI SJ
0-2 1-4 3-2 0-1 0-2 1-1 0-0 0-1 2-3 0-2 1-3 1-3 0-0 1-2 1-2 0-0 1-2 2-0 1-0 0-2 1-1 1-2 3-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-1 2-2 2-3 0-2

Standings[edit]

For an explanation of the playoff qualifications, see Competition format.

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
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
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
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
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.


2008 MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
  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 Bulls1 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.

Statistics[edit]

Budweiser Golden Boot[edit]

Main article: MLS Golden Boot
Rank Scorer Club GP G A
1 United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 25 20 9
2 United States Kenny Cooper FC Dallas 30 18 3
3 United States Edson Buddle Los Angeles Galaxy 27 15 3
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Angel New York Red Bulls 23 14 3
5 United States Brian Ching Houston Dynamo 25 13 5
6 Brazil Luciano Emilio D.C. United 27 11 5
7 United States Conor Casey Colorado Rapids 21 11 2
8 Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 25 10 10
9 United States Chad Barrett Chicago Fire / Toronto FC 29 9 7
United States Chris Rolfe Chicago Fire 26 9 7

Goalkeeping leaders[edit]

Rank Goalkeeper Club GP MINS SHTS SVS GA GAA W-L-T SHO
1 Canada Pat Onstad Houston Dynamo 24 2098 105 76 24 1.03 10-4-9 7
2 United States Jon Busch Chicago Fire 30 2700 156 122 33 1.10 13-10-7 10
3 United States Will Hesmer Columbus Crew 29 2610 132 97 33 1.14 17-6-6 10
4 Senegal Bouna Coundoul Colorado Rapids 17 1530 77 54 21 1.24 6-8-3 5
5 United States Joe Cannon San Jose Earthquakes 30 2700 166 124 38 1.27 8-13-9 9

Individual awards[edit]

Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player of the Week Club Week's Statline
Week 1 England Terry Cooke Colorado Rapids 1 G (10') GWG, 2 A (67',80')
Week 2 England David Beckham Los Angeles Galaxy 1 G (9') GWG, 1 A (38')
Week 3 Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew 1 G (26'), 2 A (35', 71')
Week 4 United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 2 G (67', 84') GTG
Week 5 United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 3 G (18', 59', 77'), 1 A (84')
Week 6 England David Beckham Los Angeles Galaxy 2 G (36', 40') GTG
Week 7 United States Robbie Rogers Columbus Crew 2 G (73', 81')
Week 8 United States Edson Buddle Los Angeles Galaxy 3 G (31', 39', 85') GWG
Week 9 Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco Chicago Fire 1 G (55'), 3 A (8', 48', 60') GWA
Week 10 United States Robbie Findley Real Salt Lake 1 G (48') 1 A (60') GWA
Week 11 United States Brian Ching Houston Dynamo 2 G (52', 69') GWG, 1 A (46')
Week 12 United States Edson Buddle Los Angeles Galaxy 3 G (6', 63', 68') GWG
Week 13 United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 2 G (4', 83')
Week 14 United States Steve Ralston New England Revolution 2 G (12', 59') GWG
Week 15 United States Adam Cristman New England Revolution 2 G (33', 37') GWG
Week 16 United States John Thorrington Chicago Fire 1 G (90+2') GWG
Week 17 Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew 1 G (26') 2 A (33', 38')
Week 18 United States Kenny Cooper FC Dallas 2 G (15', 17') GWG, 1 A (36')
Week 19 United States Kenny Cooper FC Dallas 2 G (81', 90+1') GWG
Week 20 Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel New York Red Bulls 2 G (27', 50')
Week 21 Republic of Ireland Ronnie O'Brien San Jose Earthquakes 2 G (11', 87') GWG, 1 A (71')
Week 22 Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew 1 G (25') 2 A (15', 55') GWA
Week 23 Argentina Fabian Espindola Real Salt Lake 2 G (23', 59') GWG
Week 24 Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew 1 G (39') GWG, 2 A (45', 67')
Week 25 United States Steve Ralston New England Revolution 1 G (90+2') 2 A (53', 83') GWA
Week 26 United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 3 G (23', 35', 90+2') 1 A (81')
Week 27 United States Conor Casey Colorado Rapids 3 G (11', 45', 90') GWG
Week 28 United States Brian Ching Houston Dynamo 2 G (2', 9') GWG 1 A (19')
Week 29 United States Brian McBride Chicago Fire 2 G (13', 79') GTG
Week 30 Argentina Claudio López Kansas City Wizards 1 G (18') 2 A (27', 90+3') GWA
Week 31 United States Chris Rolfe Chicago Fire 3 G (11', 38', 44') 2 A (53', 75') GWG

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player of the Month Club Month's Statline
April United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 8 G, 2 A, Galaxy 2-2-1 in April
May Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco Chicago Fire 2 G, 4 A, Fire 3-1-0 in May
June Brazil Luciano Emilio D.C. United 7 G, 1 A, D.C. United 4-0-0 in June
July United States Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake 3 SHO, Real Salt Lake 2-0-2 in July
August Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew 1 G, 6 A, Crew 3-1-0 in August
September England Darren Huckerby San Jose Earthquakes 3 G, 1 A, Earthquakes 1-1-1 in September
October Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel New York Red Bulls 3 G, 1 A, Red Bulls 1-2-1 in October

Sierra Mist Goal of the Week[edit]

Week Scorer Club Goal
Week 1 The Gambia Sainey Nyassi New England Revolution 90+3'
Week 2 United States Geoff Cameron Houston Dynamo 90+1'
Week 3 United States Sacha Kljestan Chivas USA 33'
Week 4 United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 67'
Week 5 Argentina Marcelo Gallardo D.C. United 80'
Week 6 United States Chris Rolfe Chicago Fire 29'
Week 7 Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco Chicago Fire 62'
Week 8 Argentina Marcelo Gallardo D.C. United 30'
Week 9 Scotland Tam McManus Colorado Rapids 80'
Week 10 United States Robbie Findley Real Salt Lake 48'
Week 11 Brazil Luciano Emilio D.C. United 90+3'
Week 12 United States Clyde Simms D.C. United 26'
Week 13 Colombia Gonzalo Martínez D.C. United 55'
Week 14 Brazil Luciano Emilio D.C. United 37'
Week 15 United States Ante Razov Chivas USA 88'
Week 16 United States Ante Razov Chivas USA 15'
Week 17 Colombia Juan Pablo Angel New York Red Bulls 71'
Week 18 United States Abe Thompson FC Dallas 89'
Week 19 Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 60'
Week 20 United States Chad Barrett Toronto FC 44'
Week 21 United States Brian Carroll Columbus Crew 62'
Week 22 United States Joe Vide D.C. United 45'
Week 23 Argentina Fabian Espindola Real Salt Lake 59'
Week 24 United States Santino Quaranta D.C. United 76'
Week 25 United States Davy Arnaud Kansas City Wizards 69'
Week 26 United States Robbie Rogers Columbus Crew 46'
Week 27 United States Josh Wolff Kansas City Wizards 70'
Week 28 Jamaica Andy Williams Real Salt Lake 73'
Week 29 United States Brandon McDonald Los Angeles Galaxy 80'
Week 30 United States Danny Cepero New York Red Bulls 83'
Week 31 United States Brad Evans Columbus Crew 77'

Team attendance totals[edit]

[4]

Club Games Season Game Avg.
Los Angeles Galaxy 15 390,132 26,009
Toronto FC 15 301,793 20,120
D.C. United 15 297,531 19,835
New England Revolution 15 263,706 17,580
Chicago Fire 15 255,511 17,034
Houston Dynamo 15 254,083 16,939
Real Salt Lake 15 242,690 16,179
New York Red Bulls 15 238,925 15,928
Chivas USA 15 226,717 15,114
Columbus Crew 15 219,332 14,622
San Jose Earthquakes 15 205,695 13,713
Colorado Rapids 15 204,884 13,659
FC Dallas 15 195,356 13,024
Kansas City Wizards 15 160,286 10,686
OVERALL 210 3,456,641 16,460

Related competitions[edit]

International competitions[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2008[edit]

The Houston Dynamo and D.C. United earned berths in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup by virtue of their MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield wins, respectively. Houston and D.C. were both victorious in their quarterfinal ties and advanced to the semifinals. For the second straight year, however, both lost their respective semifinals, and were eliminated.

SuperLiga 2008[edit]

D.C. United, Chivas USA, the New England Revolution, and the Houston Dynamo were MLS's entrants into SuperLiga 2008, based on their top-four finish in the 2007 regular season.

Following the Group Stage, which took place from July 12 to July 20, Houston and New England each won their respective groups to advance to the Semifinals, where they faced 2007 champion Pachuca on July 29 and Atlante on July 30, respectively. D.C. United finished last and Chivas USA finished third in their respective groups and failed to advance.

Both MLS teams were victorious in the Semifinals, setting up a rematch of the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cups in the Final on August 5 at Gillette Stadium.

The teams played to a 2-2 draw after extra time. New England eventually defeated Houston 6-5 on penalty kicks.

CONCACAF Champions League 2008–09[edit]

The Houston Dynamo (MLS Cup winner), D.C. United (Supporters' Shield Winner), the New England Revolution (U.S. Open Cup winner and MLS Cup runner-up), and Chivas USA (Supporters' Shield runner-up) were the representatives in the rebranded successor to the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

New England and Chivas USA entered at the Preliminary Round, and were eliminated over two legs by Joe Public of Trinidad and Tobago and Tauro of Panama, respectively.

D.C. and Houston were seeeded into the Group Stage as the top seeds in Groups A and B, respectively.

D.C. was eliminated from Group A with two games remaining in group play, while Houston qualified for the Championship Round with a 1-0 win in their last match against Luis Ángel Firpo on November 26, which was postponed from Matchday 1 due to Hurricane Ike.

Houston was eliminated in the Quarterfinals over two legs by Atlante.

National competitions[edit]

2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup[edit]

MLS awarded the top three finishers in each conference last season automatic berths into the 2008 U.S. Open Cup's Third Round. D.C. United, the New England Revolution, and the New York Red Bulls qualified from the Eastern Conference while Chivas USA, the Houston Dynamo, and FC Dallas qualified from the Western Conference. The rest of MLS's U.S.-based teams would have to compete for the final two berths into the Third Round via a seven-team playoff. Eventually Chicago Fire and the Kansas City Wizards qualified by beating the Columbus Crew and the Colorado Rapids respectively.

Each of the qualified MLS teams was matched up against the winner of a Second Round game, all of whom came from either one of the USL's three divisions or the USASA, in the Third Round on July 1. Three MLS teams were eliminated by these lower division clubs. Chivas USA was eliminated by USL-1's Seattle Sounders, the New York Red Bulls were upset by Crystal Palace Baltimore of USL-2, and the Houston Dynamo lost a penalty shootout to the USL-1's Charleston Battery.

In the Quarterfinals on July 8, FC Dallas and the Kansas City Wizards were eliminated by the Charleston Battery and the Seattle Sounders, respectively. This meant an MLS team, either D.C. United or the New England Revolution would face a USL-1 team in the final.

In the Semifinals on August 12, D.C. United upset the Open Cup holding Revolution by a score of 3 to 1. This earned United a berth in the final against the USL-1's Charleston Battery on September 3 at RFK Stadium.

In the Final on September 3, D.C. United won their second U.S. Open Cup in a 2-1 win over the Charleston Battery.

2008 Canadian Championship[edit]

Due to the fact that none of the Canadian teams playing in the American soccer pyramid can qualify for Canada's berth in the CONCACAF Champions League through their leagues or the U.S. Open Cup, the Canadian Soccer Association was forced to develop a tournament to determine the country's representative in the Champions League. The country's top three teams, MLS's Toronto FC and the USL-1's Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps FC were entered into the inaugural Canadian Championship. The tournament was played as a double round robin group from May 27 to July 22. The Montreal Impact finished first, claiming the Canadian berth in the Champions League.

All-Star game[edit]

The 2008 MLS All-Star Game was held at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, home of Toronto FC, on July 24.[5] The opponent was West Ham United, of England's Premier League. It was the first time that the game was played outside the United States.

The game was won by the MLS All-Stars by a score of 3-2. Cuauhtémoc Blanco was named MVP of the game after assisting the All-Stars' first goal and scoring their second.

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