2010 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2010 MLS Cup Playoffs
MLS Cup 2010 Playoffs logo.svg
Country United States
Canada
Teams 8
Champions Colorado Rapids
Runners-up FC Dallas

The 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs was the postseason tournament subsequent to Major League Soccer's 2010 season. The Colorado Rapids defeated FC Dallas 2–1 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario.

The playoffs began on Oct. 30, with the Los Angeles Galaxy defeating the Seattle Sounders FC in the quarterfinal-round. Three weeks later, the Rapids defeated Dallas 2-1 in the Cup final. It was Colorado's first title and second MLS Cup final appearance, and it was FC Dallas's first appearance in an MLS Cup final.

Of the eight MLS clubs to earn qualification into the tournament, only four of them qualified the season beforehand; Columbus Crew, Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders FC, and the defending-champions, Real Salt Lake. The San Jose Earthquakes were making their first playoff appearance since 2005, Dallas' since 2007. It was Colorado's and New York Red Bulls's first time since 2008.

Format[edit]

Main article: MLS Cup Playoffs

At the 2010 season's end, the top two teams of each conference will make the playoffs; in addition the clubs with the next six highest point totals, regardless of conference, will be added to the playoffs. In the first round of this knockout tournament, aggregate (total) goals over two matches will determine the winners; the Conference Championships will be one match each, with the winner of each conference advancing to MLS Cup. In all rounds, the tie-breaking method will be two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. The away goals rule is not used.[1]

Standings[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 New York Red Bulls 51 30 15 9 6 38 29 +9
2 Columbus Crew 50 30 14 8 8 40 34 +6
3 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35 +1
4 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38 −1
5 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 33 41 −8
6 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50 −18
7 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49 −14
8 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47 −26
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Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 59 30 18 7 5 44 26 +18
2 Real Salt Lake 56 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25
3 FC Dallas 50 30 12 4 14 42 28 +14
4 Seattle Sounders FC 48 30 14 10 6 39 35 +4
5 Colorado Rapids 46 30 12 8 10 44 32 +12
6 San Jose Earthquakes 46 30 13 10 7 34 33 +1
7 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49 −9
8 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45 −14
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Overall standings[edit]

Major League Soccer
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy2 (W1) 59 30 18 7 5 44 26 +18
2 Real Salt Lake3 (W2) 56 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25
3 New York Red Bulls3 (E1) 51 30 15 9 6 38 29 +9
4 FC Dallas2 50 30 12 4 14 42 28 +14
5 Columbus Crew3 (E2) 50 30 14 8 8 40 34 +6
6 Seattle Sounders FC2 48 30 14 10 6 39 35 +4
7 Colorado Rapids2 46 30 12 8 10 44 32 +12
8 San Jose Earthquakes3 46 30 13 10 7 34 33 +1
9 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35 +1
10 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38 −1
11 Toronto FC1 35 30 9 13 8 33 41 −8
12 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49 −9
13 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50 −18
14 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49 −14
15 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45 −14
16 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47 −26
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011 U.S. Open Cup, 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League2
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011 U.S. Open Cup
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  • ^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 - 2011 SuperLiga berths are awarded to the top 4 finishing teams from MLS who do not qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.


Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2010
                             


E1  New York Red Bulls 1 1  
E4  San Jose Earthquakes 0 3  
  E4  San Jose Earthquakes 0  
Eastern Conference
  E3  Colorado Rapids 1  
E2  Columbus Crew 0 2
E3  Colorado Rapids (5–4, PSO) 1 1  
  E3  Colorado Rapids 2
  W3  FC Dallas 1
W1  LA Galaxy 1 2  
W4  Seattle Sounders 0 1  
  W1  LA Galaxy 0
Western Conference
  W3  FC Dallas 3  
W2  Real Salt Lake 1 1
W3  FC Dallas 2 1  

Conference Semifinals[edit]

October 30, 2010
7:00PM PDT
New York Red Bulls 1–0 San Jose Earthquakes
Ballouchy Booked 46'
Lindpere Goal 56'
Miller Booked 71'
Coundoul Booked 83'
Report Wondolowski Booked 65'
Buck Shaw Stadium
Santa Clara, California
Attendance: 10,525
Referee: Paul Ward


November 4, 2010
8:00PM EDT
San Jose Earthquakes 3–1 New York Red Bulls
Corrales Booked 32'
Convey Goal 8'76'
Wondolowski Goal 81'
Busch Booked 81'
Report Ángel Goal 78'
Red Bull Arena
Harrison, New Jersey
Attendance: 22,839
Referee: Mark Geiger

San Jose Earthquakes advance 3–2 on aggregate



October 28, 2010
7:00PM MDT
Columbus Crew 0–1 Colorado Rapids
Carroll Booked 57' Report Mastroeni Goal 23'
Mastroeni Booked 90+2'


November 6, 2010
4:00PM EDT
Colorado Rapids 1–2 Columbus Crew
Mullan Booked 38'
Casey Booked 48'
Casey Goal 84'
Report Gaven Goal 22'
Schelotto Booked 31'
Ekpo Booked 52'
Carroll Booked 56'
Francis Booked 64'
RogersGoal 70'
Rogers Booked 70'
  Penalties  
Casey Penalty scored
Kandji Penalty scored
Larentowicz Penalty scored
Lopez Penalty scored
Baudet Penalty scored
5–4 Penalty scored Schelotto
Penalty scored Garey
Penalty scored Gaven
Penalty scored Brunner
Penalty missed Carroll
Columbus Crew Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 10,322
Referee: Michael Kennedy

Colorado Rapids advance 5–4 on penalties



October 30, 2010
4:00PM CDT
Real Salt Lake 1–2 FC Dallas
Espindola Goal 5'
Williams Booked 46'
Morales Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 49', 69'
Report Benitez Booked 25'
Cunningham Goal 44'
Hernandez Booked 49'
Harris Red card 75'
Avila Goal 88'
Pizza Hut Park
Frisco, Texas
Attendance: 11,003
Referee: Kevin Stott


November 6, 2010
8:00PM MDT
FC Dallas 1–1 Real Salt Lake
McCarty Goal 17'
Chavez Booked 27'
Loyd Booked 84'
Report Olave Booked 25'
Grabavoy Booked 29'
Borchers Booked 34'
Findley Goal 79'
Rio Tinto Stadium
Sandy, Utah
Attendance: 19,324
Referee: Jorge González

FC Dallas advance 3–2 on aggregate



October 31, 2010
5:00PM PDT
Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 Seattle Sounders FC
Buddle Goal 38'
Juninho Booked 48'
Kovalenko Booked 65'
Kirovski Booked 82'
Report Montero Booked 49'
Nkufo Booked 90+4'
Qwest Field
Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 35,521
Referee: Alex Prus


November 7, 2010
6:00PM PST
Seattle Sounders FC 1–2 Los Angeles Galaxy
Ianni Booked 65'
Zakuani Goal 86'
Report Beckham Booked 8'
Buddle Goal 19'
Gonzalez Goal 27'
Home Depot Center
Carson, California
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 3–1 on aggregate

Conference Finals[edit]

November 13, 2010
7:30PM MST
San Jose Earthquakes 0–1 Colorado Rapids
Report Kimura Goal 42'
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Commerce City, Colorado
Attendance: 17,779
Referee: Jorge González



November 14, 2010
6:00PM PST
FC Dallas 3–0 Los Angeles Galaxy
Ferreira Goal 26'
John Goal 54'
Chavez Goal 73'
Lloyd Booked 85'
Report Kovalenko Booked 31'
Beckham Booked 73'
Birchall Booked 82'
Cazumba Booked 84'
Home Depot Center
Carson, California
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Jair Marrufo


MLS Cup 2010[edit]

November 21, 2010
8:30PM EST
FC Dallas 1 – 2 (a.e.t.) Colorado Rapids
Ferreira Goal 35'
Benitez Booked 84'
Report Wallace Booked 41'
Smith Booked 51'
Casey Goal 57'
Casey Booked 84'
John Goal 106' (o.g.)
BMO Field
Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 21,700
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

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