2009 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
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Country United States
Teams 8
Champions Real Salt Lake
Runners-up Los Angeles Galaxy

The 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs is the postseason to Major League Soccer's 2009 season. MLS Cup 2009 concluded the season on November 22, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. Real Salt Lake won the Cup in penalties over the L.A. Galaxy.

Format[edit]

Main article: MLS Cup Playoffs

At the 2009 season's end, the top two teams of each conference made the playoffs; in addition the clubs with the next four 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.[1]

Standings[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew 49 30 13 7 10 41 31 +10
2 Chicago Fire 45 30 11 7 12 39 34 +5
3 New England Revolution 42 30 11 10 9 33 37 −4
4 D.C. United 40 30 9 8 13 43 44 −1
5 Toronto FC 39 30 10 11 9 37 46 −9
6 Kansas City Wizards 33 30 8 13 9 33 42 −9
7 New York Red Bulls 21 30 5 19 6 27 47 −20
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)



Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 48 30 12 6 12 36 31 +5
2 Houston Dynamo 48 30 13 8 9 39 29 +10
3 Seattle Sounders FC 47 30 12 7 11 38 29 +9
4 Chivas USA 45 30 13 11 6 34 31 +3
5 Real Salt Lake 40 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8
6 Colorado Rapids 40 30 10 10 10 42 38 +4
7 FC Dallas 39 30 11 13 6 50 47 +4
8 San Jose Earthquakes 30 30 7 14 9 36 50 −14
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)



Overall standings[edit]

Major League Soccer
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew (E1) 49 30 13 7 10 41 31 +10
2 Los Angeles Galaxy2 (W1) 48 30 12 6 12 36 31 +5
3 Houston Dynamo3 (W2) 48 30 13 8 9 39 29 +10
4 Seattle Sounders FC2 47 30 12 7 11 38 29 +9
5 Chicago Fire3 (E2) 45 30 11 7 12 39 34 +5
6 Chivas USA3 45 30 13 11 6 34 31 +3
7 New England Revolution3 42 30 11 10 9 33 37 −4
8 Real Salt Lake2 40 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8
9 Colorado Rapids 40 30 10 10 10 42 38 +4
10 D.C. United 40 30 9 8 13 43 44 −1
11 FC Dallas 39 30 11 13 6 50 47 +4
12 Toronto FC1 39 30 10 11 9 37 46 −9
13 Kansas City Wizards 33 30 8 13 9 33 42 −9
14 San Jose Earthquakes 30 30 7 14 9 36 50 −14
15 New York Red Bulls 21 30 5 19 6 27 47 −20
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2010 U.S. Open Cup, 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League2
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2010 U.S. Open Cup
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
  • ^Note 1 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team. If they qualify for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team not already qualified will be given a berth. Similarly, they cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS. Rather, they can qualify through the Canadian Soccer Championship. If they qualify for the Champions League through MLS, then the highest placed team not already qualified will qualify.
  • ^Note 3 - SuperLiga 2010 berths are awarded to the top 4 finishing teams from MLS who do not qualify for Champions League (Houston, Chicago, Chivas USA, and New England).

Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2009
                             


E1  Columbus Crew 0 2  
E4  Real Salt Lake 1 3  
  E4  Real Salt Lake (AET) (PEN) (0)5  
Eastern Conference
  E2  Chicago Fire (0)4  
E3  New England Revolution 2 0
E2  Chicago Fire 1 2  
  E4  Real Salt Lake (AET) (PEN) (1)5
  W1  LA Galaxy (1)4
W1  LA Galaxy 2 1  
W4  Chivas USA 2 0  
  W1  LA Galaxy (AET) 2
Western Conference
  W2  Houston Dynamo 0  
W3  Seattle Sounders FC 0 0
W2  Houston Dynamo (AET) 0 1  

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

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

October 31, 2009
4:30PM MDT
Columbus Crew 0 – 1 Real Salt Lake
Carroll Booked 19' Report Booked 38' Beckerman
Goal 88' Findley
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Attendance: 11,499
Referee: Mark Geiger
November 5, 2009
8:00PM EST
Real Salt Lake 3 – 2 Columbus Crew
Morales Goal 37'
Findley Goal 45+2' (pen.)
Olave Booked 68'
Williams Goal 77'
Report Goal 17'35' Barros Schelotto
Booked 48' O'Rourke
Booked 59' Moreno
Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 10,109
Referee: Silviu Petrescu

Real Salt Lake advances 4–2 on aggregate.


November 1, 2009
2:00PM EST
Chicago Fire 1 – 2 New England Revolution
Rolfe Goal 17'
Husidic Booked 90+3'
Report Booked 41' Alston
Goal 45+1' Osei
Goal 75' Joseph
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 7,416
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
November 7, 2009
7:30PM CST
New England Revolution 0 – 2 Chicago Fire
Mansally Booked 17'
Jankauskas Booked 36'
Larentowicz Booked 85'
Report Goal 35' Thorrington
Goal 83' Blanco
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 21,528
Referee: Alex Prus

Chicago Fire advances 3–2 on aggregate.

Western Conference[edit]

November 1, 2009
8:00PM PST
Los Angeles Galaxy 2 – 2 Chivas USA
Magee Goal 14'
Birchall Booked 27'
Donovan Goal 41'
Report Goal 4' Santos
Goal 50' Galindo
Booked 81' Saragosa
Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 25,218
Referee: Kevin Stott
November 8, 2009
4:30PM PST
Chivas USA 0 – 1 Los Angeles Galaxy
Talley Booked 39'
Thornton Booked 72'
Nagamura Booked 79'
Cuesta Booked 79'
Kljestan Booked 90'
Report Booked 60' Franklin
Goal 73' (pen.) Donovan
Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Los Angeles Galaxy advances 3–2 on aggregate.


October 29, 2009
7:00PM PDT
Houston Dynamo 0 – 0 Seattle Sounders FC
Onstad Booked 16'
Mullan Booked 71'
Chabala Booked 75'
Report Booked 16' Montero
Booked 64' Alonso
Booked 68' Evans
Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 35,807
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
November 8, 2009
3:00PM CST
Seattle Sounders FC 0 – 1
(a.e.t.)
Houston Dynamo
Marshall Booked 24'
Riley Red card 120'
Ljungberg Booked 120'
Report Booked 44' Chabala
Booked 93' Cameron
Goal 96' Ching
Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 27,465
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

Houston Dynamo advances 1–0 on aggregate.

Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

November 14, 2009
7:00PM CST
Real Salt Lake 0 – 0
(a.e.t.)
Chicago Fire
Morales Booked 39'
Wingert Booked 75'
Beckerman Booked 99'
Johnson Booked 110'
Report Thorrington Booked 92'
Prideaux Booked 101'
Blanco Booked 116'
  Penalties  
Mathis Penalty scored
Morales Penalty missed
Findley Penalty scored
Beckerman Penalty scored
Johnson Penalty scored
Espíndola Penalty missed
Grabavoy Penalty scored
5 – 4 Penalty scored Blanco
Penalty scored McBride
Penalty scored Conde
Penalty missed Thorrington
Penalty scored Brown
Penalty missed Pause
Penalty missed Prideaux
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 21,723
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Real Salt Lake advances 5–4 on penalties.

Western Conference[edit]

November 13, 2009
8:00PM PST
Houston Dynamo 0 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Los Angeles Galaxy
Mullan Booked 26'
Boswell Booked 111'
Landín Booked 119'
Report Booked 77' Kovalenko
Booked 89' Donovan
Goal 103' Berhalter
Goal 109' (pen.) Donovan
Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 25,373
Referee: Terry Vaughn

Los Angeles Galaxy advances.

MLS Cup[edit]

See also: MLS Cup 2009
November 22, 2009
5:30 p.m. PST
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – 1 (a.e.t.) Real Salt Lake
Birchall Booked 39'
Magee Goal 41'
Report Johnson Booked 14'
Findley Goal 64'
  Penalties  
Beckham Penalty scored
Berhalter Penalty scored
Kirovski Penalty missed
Donovan Penalty missed
Magee Penalty scored
Klein Penalty scored
Buddle Penalty missed
4 – 5 Mathis Penalty scored
Findley Penalty scored
Beckerman Penalty missed
Grabavoy Penalty scored
Williams Penalty missed
Wingert Penalty scored
Russell Penalty scored
Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 46,011
Referee: Kevin Stott

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 MLS Playoff Guide" (Press release). MLSNet.com. Retrieved 2009-10-29.