2010 Major League Soccer season

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Major League Soccer
Season 2010
MLS Cup Colorado Rapids
Supporters' Shield Los Angeles Galaxy
Champions League Los Angeles Galaxy
Colorado Rapids
FC Dallas
Seattle Sounders FC
SuperLiga Real Salt Lake
New York Red Bulls
Columbus Crew
S.J. Earthquakes
Matches played 240
Goals scored 591 (2.46 per match)
Top goalscorer Chris Wondolowski (18 goals)
Biggest home win NE 0–5 RSL
(July 2)[1]
Biggest away win CHV 4–0 NE
(May 5)[citation needed]
LA 4–0 SEA
(May 8)[citation needed]
SEA 4–0 CLB
(Sept 18)[citation needed]
Highest scoring 7 goals:
HOU 4–3 CHI
(August 21)[citation needed]
KCW 4–3 HOU
(September 22)[citation needed]
Longest winning run 5 wins:[citation needed]
Real Salt Lake
(May 1 – May 29)[citation needed]
Seattle Sounders FC
(Sept 18 – Oct 15)[citation needed]
Longest unbeaten run 18 matches:[citation needed]
FC Dallas
(May 27 – Oct 16)[citation needed]
Longest winless run 10 matches:[citation needed]
Houston Dynamo
(May 22 – Aug 21)[citation needed]
Longest losing run 6 losses:[citation needed]
C.D. Chivas USA
(May 8 – June 26)[citation needed]
Highest attendance CHI @ SEA
Att: 36,386[citation needed]
Seattle Sounders FC
Season: 542,600[citation needed]
Game Avg.: 36,173
Lowest attendance CHV @ NE
Lowest Gate: 5,990[citation needed]
S.J. Earthquakes
Season: 144,886[citation needed]
Game Avg.: 9,659
Average attendance MLS: 16,675[2]

The 2010 Major League Soccer season was the 98th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer, the 32nd with a national first-division league, in the United States and Canada, and the 15th in MLS history. It began on March 25 at Seattle's Qwest Field with Seattle Sounders FC defeating the expansion Philadelphia Union, 2–0. The 2010 MLS All-Star Game was played at Reliant Stadium, hosted by the Houston Dynamo on July 28 as the MLS XI fell 5–2 to visiting Manchester United. The regular season concluded on October 24, with Los Angeles Galaxy winning the Supporters' Shield by one point over Real Salt Lake. Upon the completion of the regular season the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs culminated on November 21 with a 2–1 victory by the Colorado Rapids over FC Dallas at Toronto's BMO Field. It was the first time the MLS Cup final was played outside the United States.[3]

The expiration of and failure to sign a new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players' union threatened the season. Negotiations resulted in a new contract being agreed to on March 20, 2010.

Changes from 2009[edit]

  • The players' union and league passed a new collective bargaining agreement that adjusted the players' contracts.[4]
  • The Philadelphia Union joined the league as its 16th club and is playing in the Eastern Conference.[5] Their first two home games of the season – against D.C. United April 10 and FC Dallas on May 15 – were played at Lincoln Financial Field while their permanent home, PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, opened with a game against Seattle Sounders FC on June 27.[6]
  • A natural grass field replaces the FieldTurf surface at Toronto FC's BMO Field.[5]
  • The New York Red Bulls began play in their new stadium Red Bull Arena, defeating the Chicago Fire in the first MLS match played there on March 27 by the score of 1–0.[7]
  • Adidas is providing their Jabulani match ball with MLS colors of blue and green for the season, as well as new referee kits – the same ones that were used in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • New Designated Player Rules were agreed upon early in the season:[8]
    • Teams can sign two Designated Players, up from one under the previous rules, and pay a "luxury tax" of $250,000 for the right to sign a third Designated Player. The $250,000 would be distributed evenly to all MLS teams that have not signed a third Designated Player in the form of allocation money.
    • Each Designated Player counts as $335,000 for the salary cap, down from $415,000 under the previous agreement, and only counts as half that amount if the player is signed during the middle of the season. Teams can use allocation money to reduce the salary cap value of a Designated Player.
    • Teams are no longer allowed to trade for additional Designated Player spots, so the New York Red Bulls will receive $70,000 of allocation money in exchange for effectively nullifying their earlier trade with Chivas USA for a second Designated Player spot.
    • Teams who have a Designated Player transfer out of the country during the MLS season will recoup a portion of the money spent on the Designated Player.
    • Landon Donovan is no longer grandfathered into the agreement, and must be counted as a Designated Player.
    • Unlike the previous Designated Player agreement, which was set to expire after three seasons, this agreement has no set expiration date.
    • The new Designated Player rule resulted in an explosion of DP signings in 2010, with the league boasting 13 Designated Players at the conclusion of the regular season (Omar Bravo signed with Kansas City in the summer of 2010 but remained with his previous club Guadalajara for the remainder of the season).[9][10]

Managerial Changes[edit]

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Table Incoming coach Date of appointment Table
Philadelphia Union
Expansion Team
Poland Piotr Nowak May 29, 2009 Pre-season
New York Red Bulls United States Richie Williams Caretaker August 21, 2009 7th East ('09) Sweden Hans Backe January 7, 2010 Pre-season
Toronto FC England Chris Cummins Contract expiration October 27, 2009 5th East ('09) United States Preki November 18, 2009 Pre-season
D.C. United United States Tom Soehn Resigned November 3, 2009 4th East ('09) United States Curt Onalfo December 28, 2009 Pre-season
Chivas USA United States Preki Mutual consent November 12, 2009 4th West ('09) United States Martin Vasquez December 2, 2009 Pre-season
Chicago Fire Costa Rica Denis Hamlett Fired November 24, 2009 2nd East ('09) Mexico Carlos de los Cobos January 11, 2010 Pre-season
D.C. United United States Curt Onalfo Fired August 4, 2010 8th East United States Ben Olsen August 4, 2010 8th East
Toronto FC United States Preki Fired September 14, 2010 3rd East Canada Nick Dasovic September 14, 2010 3rd East

Personnel[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager1 Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Chicago Fire Mexico de los Cobos, CarlosCarlos de los Cobos United States McBride, BrianBrian McBride Adidas United States Best Buy
Chivas USA United States Vasquez, MartinMartin Vasquez United States Bornstein, JonathanJonathan Bornstein Adidas Mexico Comex
Colorado Rapids England Smith, GaryGary Smith United States Mastroeni, PabloPablo Mastroeni Adidas
Columbus Crew Poland Warzycha, RobertRobert Warzycha United States Hejduk, FrankieFrankie Hejduk Adidas United States Glidden
D.C. United United States Olsen, BenBen Olsen Bolivia Moreno, JaimeJaime Moreno Adidas Germany Volkswagen
FC Dallas United States Hyndman, SchellasSchellas Hyndman United States Hernandez, DanielDaniel Hernández Adidas
Houston Dynamo United States Kinnear, DominicDominic Kinnear United States Ching, BrianBrian Ching Adidas United States Amigo Energy
Kansas City Wizards United States Vermes, PeterPeter Vermes United States Arnaud, DavyDavy Arnaud Adidas
L.A. Galaxy United States Arena, BruceBruce Arena United States Donovan, LandonLandon Donovan Adidas United States Herbalife
New England Revolution Scotland Nicol, SteveSteve Nicol Grenada Joseph, ShalrieShalrie Joseph Adidas
New York Red Bulls Sweden Backe, HansHans Backe Colombia Angel, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Ángel Adidas Austria Red Bull
Philadelphia Union Poland Nowak, PiotrPiotr Nowak United States Califf, DannyDanny Califf Adidas
Real Salt Lake United States Kreis, JasonJason Kreis United States Beckerman, KyleKyle Beckerman Adidas United States XanGo
San Jose Earthquakes Canada Yallop, FrankFrank Yallop United States Corrales, RamiroRamiro Corrales Adidas United States Amway Global
Seattle Sounders FC Germany Schmid, SigiSigi Schmid United States Keller, KaseyKasey Keller Adidas United States Xbox LIVE
Toronto FC Canada Dasovic, NickNick Dasovic Canada De Rosario, DwayneDwayne De Rosario Adidas Canada BMO

Collective Bargaining Agreement[edit]

After two extensions to facilitate additional talks, the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players' union expired February 25, 2010. The league had said that it would not lockout the players.[11] The union had voted in favor of a strike if a new deal was not reached before the beginning of the season.[12] Players were seeking free-agent rights and more guaranteed contracts from the league.[13] On March 20, 2010, MLS and the Players' Union agreed on a new, 5-year collective bargaining agreement that allowed the season to start on time.[14]

Competition format[edit]

The format for the 2010 season will be as follows:[15]

  • The season began on March 25 and will end on November 21 with MLS Cup 2010.
  • The 16 teams were split evenly into two conferences. The Eastern Conference has eight teams with the addition of the Philadelphia Union, and the Western Conference also has eight teams. For the first time in league history, the season will have a balanced schedule where each team will play every other team in the league once at home and once away for a total of 30 games.
  • Games were not played during the group stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The last MLS game prior to the World Cup was played on June 10, with no games scheduled until after the group stage concluded on June 25.
  • The two teams in each conference with the most points will qualify for the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs. In addition, the next four highest ranked teams, regardless of conference, will also qualify. Teams will be 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 will determine the winners. The Conference Finals will be played as single matches, and the winners will advance to MLS Cup 2010. After the completion of any round, ties will be broken with two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by a penalty kick shootout if necessary. The away goals rule will not be used in any round.
  • The team with the most points in the regular season wins the MLS Supporters' Shield and will qualify directly into the Group Stage of the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League. The MLS Cup Winner also qualifies for the Champions League Group Stage. The MLS Cup Runners-Up and the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Winners qualify for the Preliminary Round of the Champions League. If a team qualifies for multiple berths into the Champions League, then additional berths will be awarded to the highest-placed team(s) in the 2010 MLS regular season's overall standings that have not already qualified.
  • The four teams with the most points, regardless of conference, who have not qualified for the Champions League will qualify for the SuperLiga 2011.
  • The six U.S.-based teams with the most points, regardless of conference, will qualify for the Third round of the 2011 U.S. Open Cup. The remaining U.S.-based MLS teams will have to qualify for the remaining two berths via a series of play-in games.
  • As a Canadian-based team, Toronto FC cannot qualify for the Champions League through MLS, and cannot enter the U.S. Open Cup. In either case, any berth in the Champions League or U.S. Open Cup that it would have earned by its league position is awarded to the highest-placed team in the overall standings which has not already qualified. TFC may instead qualify for the Champions League through the Canadian Championship.

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.[16]

Locations[edit]

Stadiums[edit]

Chicago Fire Chivas USA Colorado Rapids Columbus Crew
Toyota Park The Home Depot Center Dick's Sporting Goods Park Crew Stadium
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 19,680 Capacity: 20,455
Toyota Park interior (by night).jpg HomeDepotCenter1.jpg Dick's Park.jpg Columbus crew stadium mls allstars 2005.jpg
D.C. United FC Dallas Kansas City Wizards Houston Dynamo
RFK Memorial Stadium Pizza Hut Park CommunityAmerica Ballpark BBVA Compass Stadium
Capacity: 45,596 Capacity: 21,193 Capacity: 10,385 Capacity: 22,000
Rfkstadium.png Pizza Hut Park 2006 MLS Cup.jpg CommunityAmerica Ballpark1.JPG BBVA Compass Stadium, Skyline View.JPG
Los Angeles Galaxy New England Revolution Philadelphia Union New York Red Bulls
The Home Depot Center Gillette Stadium PPL Park Red Bull Arena
Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 22,385 Capacity: 18,500 Capacity: 25,189
HomeDepotCenter1.jpg Gillette Dec 08.jpg PPL Park center.jpg Red Bull Arena ESC.jpg
Real Salt Lake San Jose Earthquakes Seattle Sounders FC Toronto FC
Rio Tinto Stadium Buck Shaw Stadium Qwest Field BMO Field
Capacity: 20,008 Capacity: 10,300 Capacity: 35,700 Capacity: 21,800
Rio Tinto Stadium panorama.jpg BuckShaw5308.jpg Qwest seattle sounders pregame.jpg West-stand-bmo-field.jpg

Results table[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] CHI CHV COL CLB DCU FCD HOU KCW LAG NER NY PHI RSL SJE SEA TOR
Chicago Fire 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–0
Chivas USA 1–4 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 3–2 0–0 3–0
Colorado Rapids 2–2 3–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 3–1
Columbus Crew 2–1 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–1 0–2 3–2 2–0 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–4 2–0
D.C. United 0–2 3–2 0–1 0–1 1–3 1–3 2–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 2–3
FC Dallas 3–0 1–0 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–0
Houston Dynamo 4–3 3–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 0–1 0–2 3–0 1–2 2–2 2–3 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–2
Kansas City Wizards 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 4–0 1–3 4–3 0–0 4–1 0–3 2–0 1–1 4–1 1–2 1–0
LA Galaxy 2–3 2–0 1–3 3–1 2–1 2–1 4–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 3–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 0–0
New England Revolution 0–1 0–4 1–2 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 3–1 4–1
New York Red Bulls 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–3 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–0
Philadelphia Union 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–1
Real Salt Lake 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 3–1 4–1 1–0 5–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 3–1 2–1
San Jose Earthquakes 0–3 3–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 0–3 0–1 1–3
Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–4 3–0 0–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 3–2
Toronto FC 4–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–4 2–1 0–0 2–3 2–0

Updated to games played on March 15, 2011.
Source: official website
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

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
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs


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
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs


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
2010 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 - 2011 SuperLiga berths are awarded to the top 4 finishing teams from MLS who do not qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League.


Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs
  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  

Statistical leaders[edit]

Full article: MLS Golden Boot

Statistics current as of October 24, 2010

Top goalkeepers[edit]

Rank Goalkeeper Club
GAA[17] SV% GP MINS GA W–L–T SHO
1 United States Kevin Hartman FC Dallas 0.62 0.789 20 1755 12 10–1–8 9
2 United States Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake 0.67 0.78 27 2430 18 15–4–8 14
3 Jamaica Donovan Ricketts Los Angeles Galaxy 0.90 0.76 29 2610 26 18–7–4 11
4 Senegal Bouna Coundoul New York Red Bulls 1.04 0.784 27 2430 28 14–8–5 11
5 United States Jon Busch San Jose Earthquakes 1.06 0.779 18 1620 19 7–6–5 7
6 United States Matt Pickens Colorado Rapids 1.12 0.773 29 2610 32 11–8–10 7
7 United States William Hesmer Columbus Crew 1.1 0.689 30 2695 33 14–8–8 11
8 United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC 1.15 0.689 30 2655 34 14–10–5 11

Individual awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month MLS Player of the Month MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month
Player Club Link Player Club Link
April United States Edson Buddle Los Angeles Galaxy 7G 4–0–1 The Gambia Sanna Nyassi Seattle Sounders FC April Humanitarian
May Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío Real Salt Lake 4G 3A 5–0–0 United States Chris Tierney New England Revolution May Humanitarian
June United States Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake 0G Allowed 1–0–2 United States Craig Waibel Houston Dynamo June Humanitarian
July Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC 2G 3A 3–1–1 United States Jed Zayner Columbus Crew July Humanitarian
August United States Kevin Hartman FC Dallas 2G Allowed 2–0–2 United States Michael Lahoud Chivas USA August Humanitarian
September Jamaica Omar Cummings Colorado Rapids 6G 1A 3–1–1 Sierra Leone Kei Kamara Kansas City Wizards September Humanitarian
October United States Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes 6G 2–2–1 United States James Riley Seattle Sounders FC October Humanitarian

Weekly awards[edit]

Week Player of the Week AT&T Goal of the Week[18] NAPA Save of the Week[19]
Player Club Player Club Player Club
Week 1[20] Argentina Javier Morales Real Salt Lake Argentina Javier Morales Real Salt Lake United States Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake
Week 2[21] The Gambia Kenny Mansally New England Revolution The Gambia Kenny Mansally New England Revolution United States Preston Burpo New England Revolution
Week 3[22] France Sébastien Le Toux Philadelphia Union Guatemala Marco Pappa Chicago Fire United States Jason Hernandez San Jose Earthquakes
Week 4[23] United States Edson Buddle Los Angeles Galaxy Jamaica Lovel Palmer Houston Dynamo United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC
Week 5[24] Canada Dwayne De Rosario Toronto FC Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC United States Andrew Dykstra Chicago Fire
Week 6[25] United States Edson Buddle Los Angeles Galaxy United States Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes United States Joe Cannon San Jose Earthquakes
Week 7[26] United States Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy United States Logan Pause Chicago Fire United States Kevin Hartman FC Dallas
Week 8[27] Costa Rica Alvaro Saborio Real Salt Lake Democratic Republic of the Congo Danny Mwanga Philadelphia Union Argentina Gino Padula Columbus Crew
Week 9[28] Venezuela Emilio Rentería Columbus Crew Ghana Dominic Oduro Houston Dynamo Denmark Jimmy Nielsen Kansas City Wizards
Week 10[29] Canada Dwayne De Rosario Toronto FC United States Shea Salinas Philadelphia Union Jamaica Donovan Ricketts Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 11[30] United States Brek Shea FC Dallas Costa Rica Leo González Seattle Sounders FC United States Chris Seitz Philadelphia Union
Week 12[31] United States Chris Pontius D.C. United Sierra Leone Kei Kamara Kansas City Wizards United States Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake
Week 13[32] Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel New York Red Bulls Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel New York Red Bulls Denmark Jimmy Nielsen Kansas City Wizards
Week 14[33] Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío Real Salt Lake Brazil Juninho Los Angeles Galaxy Denmark Jimmy Nielsen Kansas City Wizards
Week 15[34] United States Justin Braun Chivas USA Colombia David Ferreira FC Dallas Switzerland Stefan Frei Toronto FC
Week 16[35] France Sébastien Le Toux Philadelphia Union United States Roger Levesque Seattle Sounders FC Denmark Jimmy Nielsen Kansas City Wizards
Week 17[36] Democratic Republic of the Congo Steve Zakuani Seattle Sounders FC United States Ned Grabavoy Real Salt Lake United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC
Week 18[37] Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel New York Red Bulls France Sébastien Le Toux Philadelphia Union United States Sean Johnson Chicago Fire
Week 19[38] United States Jeff Cunningham FC Dallas Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC United States Sean Johnson Chicago Fire
Week 20[39] Argentina Javier Morales Real Salt Lake Argentina Javier Morales Real Salt Lake United States Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake
Week 21[40] United States Brian Ching Houston Dynamo Mexico Rafael Márquez New York Red Bulls United States Sean Johnson Chicago Fire
Week 22[41] Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders FC Jamaica Dane Richards New York Red Bulls Denmark Jimmy Nielsen Kansas City Wizards
Week 23[42] Jamaica Omar Cummings Colorado Rapids Brazil Geovanni San Jose Earthquakes United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC
Week 24[43] United States Alan Gordon Chivas USA Jamaica Omar Cummings Colorado Rapids United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC
Week 25[44] Switzerland Blaise Nkufo Seattle Sounders FC Switzerland Blaise Nkufo Seattle Sounders FC United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC
Week 26[45] United States Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes United States Nat Borchers Real Salt Lake United States Kasey Keller Seattle Sounders FC
Week 27[46] Senegal Bouna Coundoul New York Red Bulls Democratic Republic of the Congo Steve Zakuani Seattle Sounders FC Senegal Bouna Coundoul New York Red Bulls
Week 28[47] United States Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes Uruguay Álvaro Fernández Seattle Sounders FC United States Brad Knighton Philadelphia Union
Week 29[48] Democratic Republic of the Congo Steve Zakuani Seattle Sounders FC Democratic Republic of the Congo Steve Zakuani Seattle Sounders FC Brazil Fred Philadelphia Union
Week 30[49] United States Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes United States James Riley Seattle Sounders FC United States Eddie Gaven Columbus Crew

Related Competitions[edit]

International competitions[edit]

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

The Columbus Crew continued their CONCACAF Champions League 2009-10 campaign that began during the previous season. They were defeated by Mexican club Toluca in the quarterfinals, 5–4 on aggregate.

Seattle Sounders FC became the first team to qualify for the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League by winning the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Columbus Crew qualified next by winning the 2009 MLS Supporters' Shield. The Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake also qualified by being the two 2009 MLS Cup finalists, while Toronto FC took the Canadian berth by virtue of their Canadian Championship win. Los Angeles, Seattle, and Toronto entered the competition in the preliminary round, while RSL and Columbus were seeded directly into the group stage.

Seattle and Toronto won their preliminary round ties, beating Isidro Metapán of El Salvador and Motagua of Honduras, respectively. Los Angeles crashed out of the preliminary round after losing their home match 4–1 to the Puerto Rico Islanders of the USSF D-2 Pro League and failing to make up the deficit in the away leg.

The group stage was held August 17 – Oct 21. Real Salt Lake won Group A with 13 points over Cruz Azul, Toronto, and Arabe Unido of Panama. Toronto finished in 3rd place with 8 points. Columbus finished 2nd in Group B behind Club Santos Laguna but ahead of C.S.D. Municipal of Guatemala and Joe Public F.C. of Trinidad. Seattle finished 4th in Group C with 3 points behind C.F. Monterrey, C.D. Saprissa of Costa Rica, and C.D. Marathón of Honduras.

On November 1, the draw for the Championship round was held. Real Salt Lake will face Columbus in the quarterfinal in February/March 2011, immediately prior to the 2011 MLS Regular Season.

SuperLiga[edit]

As was the case for the 2009 SuperLiga, the top four overall finishers in MLS in 2009 that hadn't already qualified for the Champions League qualified for SuperLiga. This year's competition was contested by the Houston Dynamo, the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, and the New England Revolution from MLS. The four Mexican teams were Pachuca, Morelia, Puebla, and UNAM.[50]

New England, Houston, Morelia and Puebla advanced from their groups, with the Revolution beating Puebla on penalties in one semifinal, and Morelia defeating Houston in the other. Morelia defeated New England 2–1 in the final at Gillette Stadium on September 1.

Domestic competitions[edit]

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup[edit]

The top six overall teams from the 2009 MLS season (Columbus, Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Chicago, and Chivas USA) received automatic berths into the Third round of the 2010 U.S. Open Cup, while the eight remaining U.S.-based MLS teams and the expansion Philadelphia Union competed in a single-elimination qualification tournament to determine the MLS's final two official entrants into the competition. Teams were seeded one through nine, with the seventh-place MLS team from 2009 earning the first seed (and would play the winner of the eight v. nine play-in game), while each following team would receive its respective seed. The New York Red Bulls and D.C. United earned the final two MLS spots in the Third round.

For the first time since 2006, the semifinals were contested exclusively by MLS teams, with Seattle beating Chivas USA and Columbus defeating DC United. The final was played October 5 at Qwest Field in Seattle with the defending cup holders, the Sounders, defeating the Crew 2–1. The Sounders became the first MLS team ever to successfully defend the U.S. Open Cup, and the first team from any league to do so since New York Pancyprian-Freedoms in 1983.

Canadian championship[edit]

Toronto FC, as a Canadian-based MLS team, is not eligible to compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and instead contested the Canadian Championship with the two Canadian-based teams in the Division-2 Pro League, Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact. Toronto FC won the tournament, claiming the Voyageurs Cup and Canada's entry into the Preliminary Round of the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League.

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