2009 Major League Soccer season

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Major League Soccer
Season 2009
MLS Cup Real Salt Lake
Supporters' Shield Columbus Crew
Champions League Columbus Crew
Real Salt Lake
Los Angeles Galaxy
Seattle Sounders FC
SuperLiga Houston Dynamo
Chicago Fire
Chivas USA
N.E. Revolution
Matches played 225
Goals scored 570 (2.53 per match)
Top goalscorer Jeff Cunningham
FC Dallas
Goals: 17
Biggest home win RSL 6–0 NE
(April 25)[1]
DAL 6–0 KC
(August 1)
Biggest away win

CHI 0–3 DAL
(May 31)


SJ 0–3 CLB
(August 8)
Highest scoring LA 3–6 DAL
(September 12)[2]
Longest winning run 5 wins:
Houston Dynamo
(May 23 – Jun 13)
Columbus Crew
(Jul 18 – Aug 15)
Longest unbeaten run 11 matches:
Chicago Fire
(Mar 21 – May 28)
Houston Dynamo
(Apr 11 – Jun 20)
Longest winless run 13 matches:
New York Red Bulls
(May 16 - Aug 15)
Longest losing run 6 losses:
New York Red Bulls
(Jun 24 – Aug 15)
Highest attendance CLB @ SJ
Highest Gate: 61,572*
Dbl. Header* (FCB vs. CHV)
Seattle Sounders FC
Season: 464,144
Game Avg.: 30,943
Lowest attendance SJ @ DAL
Lowest Gate: 5,724
Kansas City Wizards
Season: 150,802
Game Avg.: 10,053
Average attendance MLS: 16,037

The 2009 Major League Soccer season was the 14th season of Major League Soccer. The season began on March 19 and ended with Real Salt Lake winning the MLS Cup 2009, on November 22 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington.

Changes from the 2008 season[edit]

The following changes were made since the 2008 season:


Competition format[edit]

The format for the 2009 season was as follows:

  • The season began on March 19 and ended on November 22 with MLS Cup 2009.[3]
  • The 15 teams were split into two conferences. The Western Conference had eight teams with the addition of Seattle Sounders FC, and the Eastern Conference had seven teams. Each team played a total of 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 28 games. The remaining two games were played against two conference rivals, one at home and one away.
  • The two teams in each conference with the most points qualified for the 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs. In addition, the next four highest ranked teams, regardless of conference, also qualified. Teams were bracketed by conference, with the lowest ranked teams crossing over to the other conference if necessary. In the Conference Semifinals, aggregate goals over two matches determined the winners. The Conference Finals were played as single matches, and the winners advanced to MLS Cup 2009. After the completion of any round, ties were broken with two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kick shootout 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 directly into the Group Stage of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League. The MLS Cup Winner also qualified for the Champions League Group Stage. The MLS Cup Runners-Up and the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Winners qualified for the Preliminary Round of the Champions League. If a team qualified for multiple berths into the Champions League, then additional berths were awarded to the highest-placed team(s) in the 2009 MLS regular season's overall standings that had not already qualified.
  • The four teams with the most points, regardless of conference, who had not qualified for the Champions League qualified for SuperLiga 2010.
  • The six U.S.-based teams with the most points, regardless of conference, qualified for the Third Round of the 2010 U.S. Open Cup. The remaining U.S.-based MLS teams had to qualify for the remaining two berths via a series of play-in games.
  • As a Canadian-based team, Toronto FC could not qualify through MLS for the Champions League or the U.S. Open Cup. In either case, any berth earned by Toronto FC was awarded to the highest-placed team in the overall standings which had not already qualified. Their means of entry into the Champions League is the Canadian Championship; they won that competition in both 2009 and 2010 to gain entry to the Champions League for 2009–10 and 2010–11.

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

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 recursively until all ties are resolved.[4]

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 • Seattle Sounders FC - SEA • 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 DAL DC NY SJ KC CLB SEA NE TOR NY CHV DAL HOU DC COL CLB SJ SEA RSL HOU KC LA COL DC RSL CLB TOR LA NE CHV
3-1 1-1 0-1 3-3 2-2 2-2 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-0 3-2 3-0 1-0 1-2 2-1 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-1 2-3 2-0 2-0 2-3 1-0 1-1 2-2 2-2 0-1 0-0 0-1
Chivas USA COL DAL CLB LA SEA TOR DAL SJ RSL DC KC CHI SEA HOU CLB LA NE COL NY TOR RSL LA NE SEA NY DC KC SJ CHI HOU
1-2 2-0 1-2 0-0 0-2 0-1 0-2 1-0 0-1 2-2 1-1 3-2 0-1 0-1 1-2 1-0 0-2 0-4 2-0 0-2 0-4 0-1 0-2 0-0 1-1 2-0 0-2 2-2 0-1 3-2
Colorado Rapids CHV KC LA CLB HOU LA RSL NE SEA NY RSL DC DAL SEA CHI DAL DC NY CLB CHV CHI HOU TOR TOR SJ SJ KC NE DAL RSL
1-2 1-2 3-2 1-1 0-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-2 3-2 1-1 0-3 1-1 0-3 2-1 0-1 1-3 0-4 1-0 0-4 2-3 0-1 0-1 2-3 1-1 1-1 0-0 1-1 1-2 0-3
Columbus Crew HOU TOR RSL CHV COL CHI TOR KC LA SJ SEA KC CHV DAL NY DC CHI RSL TOR COL SJ DAL NY HOU CHI LA SEA NE DC NE
1-1 1-1 1-4 1-2 1-1 2-2 1-1 2-3 1-1 1-2 1-1 2-0 1-2 1-2 0-1 1-1 0-0 1-3 2-3 1-0 3-0 0-2 0-1 1-2 2-2 0-2 1-0 1-0 0-1 1-0
D.C. United LA CHI HOU RSL NE NY DAL KC TOR CHV RSL NE NY CHI SEA COL CLB COL SJ HOU TOR LA CHI DAL KC SEA SJ CHV CLB KC
2-2 1-1 0-1 1-2 1-1 3-2 1-2 1-1 3-3 2-2 0-0 1-2 0-2 1-2 3-3 0-3 1-1 1-3 2-2 3-4 0-2 0-0 1-0 2-2 0-1 2-1 2-1 2-0 0-1 2-2
FC Dallas CHI CHV NE TOR TOR CHV DC HOU SEA LA CHI SJ HOU CLB COL NY COL RSL KC HOU CLB NY DC LA KC RSL NE SJ COL SEA
3-1 2-0 1-2 1-1 2-3 0-2 1-2 0-1 1-1 1-1 3-0 2-2 3-1 1-2 1-1 1-2 0-1 2-4 0-6 0-1 0-2 2-3 2-2 6-3 2-3 0-3 0-1 2-1 1-2 1-2
Houston Dynamo CLB SJ DC NY COL NE DAL NY SJ TOR CHI CHV DAL RSL LA KC SEA TOR NE DC DAL CHI RSL SEA COL CLB RSL KC LA CHV
1-1 2-3 0-1 0-0 0-1 2-0 0-1 1-1 1-3 0-3 1-0 0-1 3-1 1-1 0-1 1-0 1-2 1-1 1-0 3-4 1-0 2-3 0-0 1-1 0-1 1-2 2-3 1-1 0-0 3-2
Kansas City Wizards TOR COL SJ SEA CHI NY TOR DC CLB RSL CHV LA CLB NE HOU NE LA DAL CHI SJ RSL NE DC NY DAL COL HOU CHV SEA DC
3-2 1-2 0-2 1-0 2-2 0-1 0-1 1-1 2-3 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-3 1-0 0-0 1-1 0-6 2-0 0-1 1-0 4-2 0-1 1-0 2-3 0-0 1-1 0-2 3-2 2-2
Los Angeles Galaxy DC COL CHV SJ COL NY RSL SEA CLB DAL KC TOR RSL SJ HOU NE CHV NY KC NE SEA CHI DC CHV DAL TOR CLB CHI HOU SJ
2-2 3-2 0-0 1-1 1-1 0-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-1 2-0 1-2 0-1 0-1 1-0 3-1 1-1 2-1 2-0 2-0 0-0 0-1 6-3 0-2 0-2 0-1 0-0 0-2
New England Revolution SJ NY DAL DC RSL HOU CHI COL TOR DC NY KC LA KC CHV HOU TOR LA SEA RSL SJ KC CHV NY SEA DAL COL CLB CHI CLB
1-0 1-1 1-2 1-1 0-6 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-2 0-4 1-3 0-1 0-0 0-2 1-0 1-1 2-1 1-0 1-3 1-2 4-2 0-2 1-1 1-2 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-0 1-0
New York Red Bulls SEA NE CHI HOU RSL KC DC LA SJ HOU CHI COL DC NE TOR SEA TOR CLB DAL LA COL CHV DAL CLB KC NE CHV SJ RSL TOR
0-3 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-2 0-1 3-2 0-1 1-4 1-1 1-0 3-2 0-2 0-4 1-3 1-1 0-2 0-1 1-2 3-1 0-4 2-0 2-3 0-1 1-0 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-2 0-5
Real Salt Lake SEA CLB DC NY NE COL LA CHV KC DC SJ COL LA HOU TOR SJ CLB DAL CHI SEA HOU NE CHV KC CHI HOU DAL NY TOR COL
0-2 1-4 1-2 0-2 0-6 0-2 2-2 0-1 2-0 0-0 1-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-3 1-1 1-3 2-4 0-1 0-1 0-0 1-3 0-4 1-0 1-1 2-3 0-3 0-2 0-1 0-3
San Jose Earthquakes NE HOU KC CHI LA SEA CHV NY HOU CLB RSL DAL SEA LA RSL TOR CHI DC SEA CLB KC NE COL COL DC NY DAL TOR CHV LA
1-0 2-3 0-2 3-3 1-1 0-2 1-0 1-4 1-3 1-2 1-2 2-2 1-2 1-2 1-1 3-1 0-2 2-2 0-4 3-0 0-1 1-2 1-1 1-1 2-1 0-1 2-1 1-1 2-2 0-2
Seattle Sounders FC NY RSL TOR KC CHV SJ CHI LA DAL COL CLB CHV SJ DC NY COL HOU CHI SJ RSL LA NE HOU TOR DC CHV NE CLB KC DAL
0-3 0-2 2-0 1-0 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 1-1 0-1 1-2 3-3 1-1 0-3 1-2 0-0 0-4 0-1 2-0 1-0 1-1 0-0 2-1 0-0 1-2 1-0 3-2 1-2
Toronto FC KC CLB SEA DAL DAL CHV KC CLB DC CHI NE HOU LA NY NY RSL SJ HOU CLB NE DC CHV SEA COL COL LA CHI SJ RSL NY
3-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-3 0-1 0-1 1-1 3-3 2-0 1-3 0-3 2-1 1-2 0-2 0-3 3-1 1-1 2-3 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-0 0-1 2-3 0-2 2-2 1-1 0-1 0-5

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 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).

Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
  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.

Statistics[edit]

Golden Boot[edit]

Full article: MLS Golden Boot
Rank Scorer Club GP G A
1 United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 28 17 8
2 United States Conor Casey Colorado Rapids 24 16 1
3 Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 27 12 7
4 United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 25 12 6
5 United States Robbie Findley Real Salt Lake 27 12 4
6 Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew 24 12 3
7 Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel New York Red Bulls 25 12 2
8 Canada Dwayne de Rosario Toronto FC 28 11 6
9 Jamaica Ryan Johnson San Jose Earthquakes 30 11 2
10 United States Josh Wolff Kansas City Wizards 27 11 0

Stats last updated 24 October 2009.[5]

Goalkeeping leaders[edit]

Rank Goalkeeper Club GP MINS SHTS SVS GA GAA W–L–T SHO
1 United States Zach Thornton Chivas USA 27 2385 111 83 23 0.87 12–9–6 12
2 United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC 29 2549 108 78 26 0.92 12–5–11 10
3 United States William Hesmer Columbus Crew 19 1710 86 68 18 0.95 9–4–6 7
4 United States Matt Reis New England Revolution 24 2160 140 114 23 0.96 10–8–6 8
5 Canada Pat Onstad Houston Dynamo 30 2700 121 89 29 0.97 13–8–9 10

Stats last updated October 26, 2009.[6]

Individual awards[edit]

Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player of the Week Club Week's Statline
Week 1 Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 2 G (12', 75') GWG, A (25')
Week 2 United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC SHO, 5 SVS
Week 3 United States Conor Casey Colorado Rapids 3 G (1', 49', 84') GWG
Week 4 Jamaica Donovan Ricketts Los Angeles Galaxy SHO, 5 SVS
Week 5 United States Josh Wolff Kansas City Wizards 2 G (78', 89') GTG
Week 6 Argentina Javier Morales Real Salt Lake 2 A (53', 55') GWA
Week 7 Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 2 G (56', 66') GWG
Week 8 Senegal Macoumba Kandji New York Red Bulls G (40'), 2 A (13', 22') GWA
Week 9 United States Josh Wolff Kansas City Wizards 2 G (20', 67') GWG
Week 10 Honduras Amado Guevara Toronto FC 2 G (14', 70')
Week 11 United States Conor Casey Colorado Rapids 2 G (25', 48')
Week 12 United States Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 2 G (57', 64')
Week 13 Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew 2 G (61', 87') GWG
Week 14 Jamaica Omar Cummings Colorado Rapids 2 G (11', 45') GWG, A (49')
Week 15 United States Nate Jaqua Seattle Sounders FC A (23') GWA, 2 G (48', 68')
Week 16 United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 2 G (15', 17') GWG
Week 17 United States Chad Barrett Toronto FC 2 G (5', 69')
Week 18 Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco Chicago Fire A (82') GWA, G (92+')
Week 19 Armenia Yura Movsisyan Real Salt Lake 2 G (55', 93+')
Week 20 United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 4 G (38', 66', 76', 89'), GWG
Week 21 United States Conor Casey Colorado Rapids 3 G (4', 23', 47+')
Week 22 United States Chad Marshall Columbus Crew G (10'), A (87')
Week 23 Zimbabwe Kheli Dube New England Revolution 3 G (9', 29', 66')
Week 24 Brazil Pablo Campos Real Salt Lake 1 G (43') GWG, 1 G (18') GWG
Week 25 United States Josh Wolff Kansas City Wizards 2 G (73', 91+')
Week 26 United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 2 G (25', 86') 2 A (71', 83')
Week 27 United States Brad Davis Houston Dynamo G (81') GWG, 2 A (2', 5')
Week 28 Grenada Shalrie Joseph New England Revolution 2 G (51', 86') GWG
Week 29 United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 1 G (42') GWG
Week 30 United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 1 G (81') GWG
Week 31 Sweden Freddie Ljungberg Seattle Sounders FC 2 A (69', 76') GWA
Week 32 United States Robbie Findley Real Salt Lake 2 G (15', 33') GWG

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player of the Month Club Month's Statline
March Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 3 G, 1 A, Sounders 2-0-0 in March
April United States Brian McBride Chicago Fire 4 G, Fire 1-0-3 in April
May United States Conor Casey Colorado Rapids 4 G, 1 A, Rapids 2-0-2 in May
June Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew 4 G, 2 A, Crew 3-1-0 in June
July United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 1 G, 2 A, Galaxy 3-0-1 in July
August United States Chad Marshall Columbus Crew 2 G, 3 SHO Crew 3-1-0 in August
September United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 7 G, 3 A, Dallas 3-1-1 in September
October Sweden Freddie Ljungberg Seattle Sounders FC 4 A, Sounders 3-0-0 in October

Goal of the Week[edit]

Week Scorer Club Goal
Week 1 Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 12'
Week 2 Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 77'
Week 3 The Gambia Sainey Nyassi New England Revolution 56'
Week 4 United States Brian McBride Chicago Fire 57'
Week 5 United States Brian Ching Houston Dynamo 20'
Week 6 United States Clint Mathis Real Salt Lake 55'
Week 7 Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 66'
Week 8 United States Chris Pontius D.C. United 86'
Week 9 United States Santino Quaranta D.C. United 85'
Week 10 Argentina Claudio López Kansas City Wizards 56'
Week 11 United States Nate Jaqua Seattle Sounders FC 58'
Week 12 Jamaica Omar Cummings Colorado Rapids 88'
Week 13 United States Davy Arnaud Kansas City Wizards 19'
Week 14 United States Eric Avila FC Dallas 80'
Week 15 United States Nate Jaqua Seattle Sounders FC 48'
Week 16 Guatemala Marco Pappa Chicago Fire 30'
Week 17 United States Patrick Ianni Seattle Sounders FC 46'
Week 18 United States Bryan Namoff DC United 56'
Week 19 Argentina Claudio López Kansas City Wizards 26'
Week 20 Brazil Fred DC United 74'
Week 21 United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 21'
Week 22 Democratic Republic of the Congo Steve Zakuani Seattle Sounders FC 22'
Week 23 United States Nate Jaqua Seattle Sounders FC 70'
Week 24 United States Wells Thompson New England Revolution 73'
Week 25 Lithuania Edgaras Jankauskas New England Revolution 63'
Week 26 Jamaica O'Brian White Toronto FC 71'
Week 27 United States Brad Davis Houston Dynamo 81'
Week 28 United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 87'
Week 29 United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 71'
Week 30 United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas 82'
Week 31 United States George John FC Dallas 4'
Week 32 United States Robbie Findley Real Salt Lake 33'

Save of the Week[edit]

Save of the week was first introduced during week 10 of the 2009 season.[7]

Week Goalkeeper Club Save
Week 10 United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC 34'
Week 11 United States Kevin Hartman Kansas City Wizards 82'
Week 12 Canada Pat Onstad Houston Dynamo 34'
Week 13 United States Danny Cepero New York Red Bulls 32'
Week 14 Jamaica Donovan Ricketts Los Angeles Galaxy 14'
Week 15 Switzerland Stefan Frei Toronto FC 34'
Week 16 Puerto Rico Josh Saunders Los Angeles Galaxy 73'
Week 17 Canada Pat Onstad Houston Dynamo 43'
Week 18 Jamaica Donovan Ricketts Los Angeles Galaxy 42'
Week 19 United States Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake 71'
Week 20 Argentina Darío Sala FC Dallas 48'
Week 21 United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC 47'
Week 22 Honduras Amado Guevara Toronto FC 47'
Week 23 Canada Onstad & United States Barret Houston Dynamo 4'
Week 24 Switzerland Stefan Frei Toronto FC 93+'
Week 25 Switzerland Stefan Frei Toronto FC 24'
Week 26 Switzerland Stefan Frei Toronto FC 77'
Week 27 United States Zach Thornton Chivas USA 15'
Week 28 Argentina Darío Sala FC Dallas 7'
Week 29 Jamaica Tyrone Marshall Seattle Sounders FC 70'
Week 30 Argentina Dario Sala FC Dallas 53'
Week 31 United States Geoff Cameron Houston Dynamo 7'
Week 32 United States Kevin Hartman Kansas City Wizards 51'

Team Attendance Totals[edit]

[8]

Club Games Season Game Avg.
Seattle Sounders FC 15 499,262 31,203
Los Angeles Galaxy 15 333,239 20,827
Toronto FC 15 305,167 20,344
Real Salt Lake 15 303,138 17,831
Houston Dynamo 15 264,368 17,624
Chivas USA 15 251,611 15,725
D.C. United 15 202,605 15,585
Chicago Fire 15 247,908 15,487
Columbus Crew 15 226,808 14,175
Colorado Rapids 15 195,282 13,018
New York Red Bulls 15 165,672 12,744
New England Revolution 15 173,985 12,427
San Jose Earthquakes 15 134,283 10,329
Kansas City Wizards 15 150,802 10,053
FC Dallas 15 108,717 9,883
OVERALL 225 3,562,847 16,120

Related competitions[edit]

International competitions[edit]

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

The Houston Dynamo continued their CONCACAF Champions League 2008–09 campaign that began during the previous season. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals over two legs by eventual champions Atlante.

Columbus (MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield winner), Houston (MLS Supporters' Shield Runner-up), New York (MLS Cup runner-up), and D.C. United (U.S. Open Cup winner), will be the representatives in the CONCACAF Champions League 2009–10 -- an additional slot from Canada was gained by Toronto by virtue of their Voyageurs Cup win. New York and Toronto were eliminated at the preliminary round, while D.C. advanced to the group stage on penalty kicks. Columbus and Houston qualified directly into the Group stage.[9] Houston and D.C. were eliminated during the group stage, with only Columbus progressing to the knockout rounds.

SuperLiga 2009[edit]

Chicago, New England, Chivas USA, and Kansas City were MLS's entrants in SuperLiga 2009, based on their finish in the 2008 regular season as the top four teams not already qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League. Chivas U.S.A. and Kansas City were eliminated in the group stage. Chicago eliminated New England in the semi-finals, only to lose to Tigres in the final.

National competitions[edit]

2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup[edit]

MLS awarded the top six finishers in 2008, regardless of conference, automatic berths into the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup's third round. Columbus, Houston, Chicago Fire, New England, Chivas USA, and Kansas City qualified based on their top-six finish. D.C. United and Seattle qualified via an eight team qualifying tournament.

Each of the qualified MLS teams were matched up against the winner of a second round game, all of whom come from one of the USL's three divisions. Seattle and D.C. eventually emerged to play the final on 2 September at RFK stadium, which Seattle ultimately won.

2009 Canadian Championship[edit]

Canada's top three teams, MLS's Toronto FC, USL-1's Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps FC competed in the Voyageurs Cup. The tournament was played as a double round robin group from May 6 to June 18, and won by Toronto, who gained Canada's berth into the CONCACAF Champions League 2009-10.

All-Star game[edit]

The 2009 MLS All-Star Game against Everton FC, of the English Premier League, took place on July 29 from Rio Tinto Stadium home of Real Salt Lake. Everton defeated the MLS All-Stars in a penalty shootout 4-3 after the game was tied 1-1. No extra time was played following regular time. Tim Howard, the Everton and U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper, was named the game's MVP.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coon, John (April 25, 2009). "RSL's record-setting rout dooms Revs". http://www.mlsnet.com. Major League Soccer official website. Archived from the original on 2009-09-09. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ King, Jeffrey J. (September 13, 2009). "Dallas earns crucial win over Galaxy". http://www.mlsnet.com (Major League Soccer official website). Retrieved September 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ "MLS Opener Set for March 19 on ESPN2". SounderFC.com. Renton, Washington: Major League Soccer. 
  4. ^ "2009 Rules of Competition". Major League Soccer official website. Archived from the original on 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  5. ^ MLS goldenboot stats
  6. ^ MLS Stats
  7. ^ "Save of the Week". MLSNet.com. Archived from the original on 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  8. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/stats/attendance?league=usa.1&year=2009&cc=4716
  9. ^ "Red Bulls return New York to CONCACAF club championship". CONCACAF. 24 November 2008. 

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