2010 in American soccer

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The 2010 Season was the 98th season of competitive soccer in the United States.

National teams[edit]

The home team or the team that is designated as the home team is listed in the left column; the away team is in the right column.

      Win       Draw       Loss

Men[edit]

Senior[edit]

Friendly matches[edit]
2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

For the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the United States men's national team was drawn into, and emerged victorious from, Group C.

Under-20[edit]

Copa Chivas
Dallas Cup

The United States U-20 team participated in the "Super Group" at the 2010 Dallas Cup.

Milk Cup
Torneo de las Américas[1]

Under-17[edit]

Nike International Friendlies

Women[edit]

Senior[edit]

Algarve Cup

The United States women won the 2010 Algarve Cup, their seventh title at the annual tournament.[2][3]

Friendly matches
2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
2011 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA-CONCACAF play-off)

Under-20[edit]

2010 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship

The United States U-20 women's national team won the 2010 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship, ...

La Manga Cup

The women's U-20 team also participated in and won the women's portion of the 2010 La Manga Cup. The women's portion of the tournament was conducted as a four-team group stage.

Friendly matches
2010 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup

Under-17[edit]

2010 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship
Dallas Cup
Nordic Cup

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Philadelphia Union N/A N/A N/A Off-season Piotr Nowak May 29, 2009[4] Off-season
NSC Minnesota Stars N/A N/A N/A Off-season Manny Lagos February 10, 2010[5] Off-season
Tampa Bay Rowdies N/A N/A N/A Off-season Paul Dalglish November 18, 2009[6] Off-season
AC St. Louis N/A N/A N/A Off-season Claude Anelka December 8, 2009[7] Off-season
New York Red Bulls Richie Williams Caretaker August 21, 2009 7th East ('09) Hans Backe January 7, 2010[8] Off-season
Rochester Rhinos Darren Tilley Contract expiration September 28, 2009 6th USL 1st Division ('09) Bob Lilley November 16, 2010[9] Off-season
D.C. United Tom Soehn Resigned November 3, 2009 4th East ('09) Curt Onalfo December 28, 2009[10] Off-season
Chivas USA Preki Mutual Consent November 12, 2009 4th West ('09) Martín Vásquez December 2, 2009[11] Off-season
Chicago Fire Denis Hamlett Fired November 24, 2009 2nd East ('09) Carlos de los Cobos January 11, 2010[12] Off-season
Pittsburgh Riverhounds Gene Klein Promoted within club January 11, 2010 8th USL-2 ('09) Justin Evans January 11, 2010[13] Off-season
D.C. United Curt Onalfo Fired August 4, 2010 8th MLS Eastern Conference ('10) Ben Olsen August 4, 2010[14] 8th MLS Eastern Conference ('10)

League tables[edit]

Major League Soccer[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]

  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  

MLS Cup[edit]

November 21
20:30 UTC−05
FC Dallas 1 – 2 (a.e.t.) Colorado Rapids
Ferreira Goal 35' (Report) Casey Goal 57'
John Goal 107' (o.g.)
BMO Field, Toronto, Canada
Attendance: 21,700
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

USSF Division 2 Professional League[edit]

USSF Division 2 Pro League
Pos Club Pts GP W L D GF GA GD Details
1 Rochester Rhinos 54 30 16 8 6 38 24 +14 Details
2 Carolina RailHawks 47 30 13 9 8 44 32 +12 Details
3 Austin Aztex 53 30 15 7 8 53 40 +13 Details
4 Portland Timbers 49 30 13 7 10 34 23 +11 Details
5 Vancouver Whitecaps 45 30 10 5 15 32 22 +10 Details
6 Montreal Impact 43 30 12 11 7 36 30 +6 Details
7 NSC Minnesota Stars 40 30 11 12 7 32 36 −4 Details
8 Puerto Rico Islanders 37 30 9 11 10 37 35 +2 Details
9 Miami FC 33 30 7 11 12 37 49 −12 Details
10 FC Tampa Bay 32 30 7 12 11 41 46 −5 Details
11 AC St. Louis 29 30 7 15 8 32 48 −16 Details
12 Crystal Palace Baltimore 24 30 6 18 6 24 55 −31 Details
Final regular season standings. Based on the results at the USSF D-2 schedule table
2010 USSF Division 2 playoff structure
Conference leaders automatically qualify for playoffs
The remaining six teams with the highest point totals, regardless of conference, also advance to the playoffs.

Playoffs[edit]

Each round is a two-game aggregate goal series. Home teams for the first game of each series listed at the bottom of the bracket.
  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                                         
1  Rochester Rhinos 0 2 2  
8  Puerto Rico Islanders 2 1 3  
  5  Vancouver Whitecaps 0 0 0  
  8  Puerto Rico Islanders (aet) 0 2 2  
4  Portland Timbers 0 1 1
5  Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0 2  
  2  Carolina RailHawks 0 1 1
  8  Puerto Rico Islanders 2 1 3
3  Austin Aztex 0 2 2  
6  Montreal Impact 2 3 5  
  2  Carolina RailHawks 0 2 2
  6  Montreal Impact 1 0 1  
2  Carolina RailHawks 0 4 4
7  NSC Minnesota Stars 0 0 0  

Finals[edit]

October 30
19:00 UTC−04
Carolina RailHawks 1–1 Puerto Rico Islanders
Heinemann Goal 11' (Report) Gbandi Goal 8'
WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, North Carolina
Attendance: 5,074

USL Second Division[edit]

USL Second Division
Pos Club GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 Charleston Battery 20 11 4 5 35 25 +10 38
2 Richmond Kickers 20 9 5 6 25 20 +5 33
3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 20 7 5 8 27 20 +7 29
4 Charlotte Eagles 20 5 8 7 23 30 −7 22
5 Harrisburg City Islanders 20 4 9 7 21 30 −9 19
6 Real Maryland Monarchs 20 3 8 9 16 22 −6 18
Last updated on August 15, 2010 based on the results at the official USL-2 standings table
Blue Regular season champion
Green Playoff spot clinched

Playoffs[edit]

  USL-2 Semifinal     USL-2 Championship
                 
    1  South Carolina Charleston Battery 2
  2  Virginia Richmond Kickers 2     2  Virginia Richmond Kickers 1
  3  Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0  

Final[edit]

August 28
18:10 UTC−04
Charleston Battery 2–1 Richmond Kickers
Neagle Goal 26'
Fuller Goal 52'
(Report) Elcock Goal 70'
Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina
Attendance: 4,523

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                       
D.C. United 2
Richmond Kickers 0
D.C. United 2
Harrisburg City Islanders 0
Harrisburg City Islanders (AET) 1
New York Red Bulls 0
D.C. United 1
Columbus Crew 2
Columbus Crew 2
Rochester Rhinos 1
Columbus Crew 3
Charleston Battery 0
Chicago Fire 0 (0)
Charleston Battery (AET/PSO) 0 (3)
Seattle Sounders FC 2
Columbus Crew 1
Portland Timbers 1 (3)
Seattle Sounders FC 1 (4)
Seattle Sounders FC 2
Los Angeles Galaxy 0
Los Angeles Galaxy 2
AC St. Louis 0
Seattle Sounders FC 3
Chivas USA 1
Houston Dynamo 1
Miami FC 0
Houston Dynamo 1
Chivas USA 3
Chivas USA 1
Austin Aztex 0

Final[edit]

October 5
19:00 UTC−07
Seattle Sounders FC 2–1 Columbus Crew
Nyassi Goal 38'66' (Report) Burns Goal 24'
Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 31,311
Referee: Michael Kennedy

Honors[edit]

Professional[edit]

Amateur[edit]

American clubs in international competitions[edit]

Club Competition Final round
Columbus Crew 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals
2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals
Real Salt Lake Finals
Seattle Sounders FC Group Stage
Los Angeles Galaxy Preliminary Round
New England Revolution 2010 SuperLiga Finals
Houston Dynamo Semifinals
Chicago Fire Group Stage
Chivas USA Group Stage

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

2009–10 Champions League[edit]

The Columbus Crew were the only American team to qualify for the Championship Round of the 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League, the only portion of the competition to occur in the 2010 calendar year. Columbus was drawn against Mexican club Toluca in the quarterfinals. After falling behind at home by two goals in the first half of the first leg, Steven Lenhart notched two second half goals for the Crew to draw even at 2–2.[16] In the return leg in Toluca, the clubs traded goals, with Toluca scoring first and last for the 3–2 victory and 5–4 aggregate victory.[17]

Columbus Crew[edit]

2010–11 Champions League[edit]

The Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake, Los Angeles Galaxy, and Seattle Sounders FC qualified for the 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League. Los Angeles, MLS Supporters' Shield runners-up, and Seattle, 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champions, entered in the Preliminary Round, the opening round of the tournament; Columbus, winners of the 2009 MLS Supporters' Shield, and Salt Lake, winners of the 2009 MLS Cup, entered in the Group Stage.[18]

Preliminary round[edit]

In the preliminary round, Los Angeles was drawn against the Puerto Rico Islanders, the 2010 Caribbean champions, and Seattle was drawn against Salvadoran club Isidro Metapán. Both American clubs played as hosts during the first leg of their respective two-legged affairs. The Sounders, on the strength of a Fredy Montero goal in the 60th minute, won their home leg 1–0.[19] Los Angeles, however, holders of the best record in Major League Soccer at the time of their matchup, were defeated 4–1 at the Home Depot Center.[20] The Islanders scored two goals in each half before the Galaxy got a consolation own goal by Richard Martinez in the 83rd minute. In the return leg in Bayamón, Los Angeles, needing to win by at least three goals to force penalties, gave up the first goal of the match. The Galaxy eventually scored two goals for the 2–1 victory but still lost 5–3 on aggregate.[21] Seattle, however was able to secure a 1–1 draw in San Salvador for the 2–1 aggregate victory to move into the group stage.[22]

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]
Seattle Sounders[edit]
Group stage[edit]

The group stage draw was conducted prior to the preliminary round, so each team knew all of their opponents as soon as the preliminary round ended. The Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake, and Seattle Sounders FC each qualified for the group stage.

Real Salt Lake was drawn into Group A against Mexican club Cruz Azul, winners of the 2009–10 Apertura; Panamanian club Árabe Unido, 2009 Apertura II and 2010 Clausura champions; and fellow MLS club Toronto FC, winners of the 2010 Canadian Championship. Salt Lake hosted Árabe Unido in their first group stage match and defeated los Árabes 2–1 on the strength of two Álvaro Saborío goals, his second coming in the fourth minute of second-half added time.[23] Salt Lake's second match was a dramatic affair in a torrential downpour at Estadio Azul in Mexico City, with hosts Cruz Azul emerging as 5–4 victors.[24]

Columbus was drawn into Group B with Mexican club Santos Laguna, 2009–10 Bicentenario winner; Guatemalan club Municipal, champions of the 2009–10 Liga Nacional Apertura and Clausura tournaments; and Trinidad and Tobago club Joe Public, 2010 Caribbean runners-up and 2009 TT Pro League champions. The Crew hosted Municipal in their first match and won 1–0, the goal scored on a strong individual effort by Emmanuel Ekpo.[25] In their second match, Columbus nearly held on for a scoreless draw but were defeated 1–0 at Santos Laguna when Jorge Iván Estrada scored in the third minute of second half added time.[26]

Seattle was drawn into Group C with Mexican club Monterrey, 2009–10 Apertura champions; Costa Rican club Saprissa, 2009–10 Primera División Campeonato de Verano champions; and Honduran club Marathón, 2009–10 Liga Nacional Torneo Apertura champions. In their first group stage match, Seattle visited Marathón at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, and after scoring the opening goal, conceded two – all scored in the first half – for a 2–1 loss.[27] Seattle's second match saw another loss as visiting Monterrey came away from Qwest Field with a 2–0 victory.[28]

Real Salt Lake[edit]
Columbus Crew[edit]
Seattle Sounders[edit]

2010 SuperLiga[edit]

The Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, and New England Revolution qualified for the 2010 SuperLiga based upon their finish in the 2009 Major League Soccer season as the four highest-finishing teams not to qualify for the 2010–11 Champions League.

New England Revolution[edit]

Houston Dynamo[edit]

Chicago Fire[edit]

Chivas USA[edit]

References[edit]

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