2014 Major League Soccer season

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Major League Soccer
Season 2014
MLS Cup LA Galaxy
Supporters' Shield Seattle Sounders FC
Champions League (U.S.) LA Galaxy
Seattle Sounders FC
D.C. United
Real Salt Lake
Champions League (Canada) Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Matches played 323
Goals scored 924 (2.86 per match)
Top goalscorer Bradley Wright-Phillips
(27 goals)
Biggest home win LA 6–0 COL
(Sept. 5)
Biggest away win SJ 0–5 FCD
(Aug. 16)
Highest scoring 9 goals:
NYR 4–5 CHI
(May 11)
Longest winning run 5 matches:
Seattle Sounders FC
(Apr. 12 – May 7)
New England Revolution
(Apr. 26 – May 24)
LA
(Aug. 20 – Sept. 5)
New England Revolution
(Aug. 23 – Sept. 13)
Longest unbeaten run 12 matches:
Real Salt Lake
(Mar. 8 – May 24)
Longest winless run 13 matches:
San Jose Earthquakes
(Aug 2–present)
Longest losing run 8 matches:
New England Revolution
(May 31 – Jul. 26)
Highest attendance 64,207
POR @ SEA
(July 13)
Lowest attendance 3,702
POR @ CHV
(May 28)
Average attendance 19,148[1]
2013
2015

The 2014 Major League Soccer season was the 102nd season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer in the United States and Canada, the 36th with a national first-division league, and the 19th season of Major League Soccer. This season featured 19 total clubs (16 from the United States and 3 from Canada), each playing 34 matches during the regular season.

The 2014 Regular Season started on March 8 with Sporting Kansas City, the defending MLS Cup champion, playing at the Seattle Sounders FC. The 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was held in Providence Park in Portland, Oregon (hosted by the Portland Timbers) and featured a team of MLS All-Stars against Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga champions for the past two seasons. The game resulted in a 2–1 victory for the MLS All-Stars.[2] The regular season ended on October 26. Seattle Sounders FC won the Supporters' Shield and the LA Galaxy went on to win the MLS Cup.

Teams, stadiums, and personnel[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Teams play 34 games: 17 at home and 17 away. The nine Western Conference teams face each West club three times, with the home teams reversed from the previous year. The 10 Eastern Conference teams will play 7 East teams three times (home teams reversed from 2013) and two East teams twice. Eastern and Western Conference teams will play each other once, with the home team reversed from previous year.[3]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Chicago Fire Chivas USA/

LA Galaxy

Colorado Rapids Columbus Crew D.C. United FC Dallas
Toyota Park StubHub Center Dick's Sporting Goods Park Crew Stadium RFK Memorial Stadium Toyota Stadium
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 18,086 Capacity: 20,145 Capacity: 19,467 Capacity: 21,193
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Houston Dynamo Montreal Impact New England Revolution New York Red Bulls Philadelphia Union Portland Timbers
BBVA Compass Stadium Saputo Stadium[a] Gillette Stadium Red Bull Arena PPL Park Providence Park
Capacity: 22,000 Capacity: 20,801 Capacity: 22,385 Capacity: 25,189 Capacity: 18,500 Capacity: 20,438
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Real Salt Lake San Jose Earthquakes Seattle Sounders FC Sporting Kansas City Toronto FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Rio Tinto Stadium Buck Shaw Stadium CenturyLink Field Sporting Park BMO Field BC Place
Capacity: 20,213 Capacity: 11,500 Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 18,467 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 21,000
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Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Note: All teams use Adidas as kit manufacturer.

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Chicago Fire Canada Yallop, FrankFrank Yallop United States Larentowicz, JeffJeff Larentowicz Quaker
Chivas USA Colombia Cabrera, WilmerWilmer Cabrera United States Bocanegra, CarlosCarlos Bocanegra n/a
Colorado Rapids United States Mastroeni, PabloPablo Mastroeni United States Moor, DrewDrew Moor Ciao Telecom
Columbus Crew United States Berhalter, GreggGregg Berhalter United States Parkhurst, MichaelMichael Parkhurst Barbasol
D.C. United United States Olsen, BenBen Olsen United States Boswell, BobbyBobby Boswell Leidos
FC Dallas Colombia Pareja, ÓscarÓscar Pareja United States Hedges, MattMatt Hedges AdvoCare
Houston Dynamo United States Kinnear, DominicDominic Kinnear United States Davis, BradBrad Davis BHP Billiton
LA Galaxy United States Arena, BruceBruce Arena Republic of Ireland Keane, RobbieRobbie Keane Herbalife
Montreal Impact United States Klopas, FrankFrank Klopas Canada Bernier, PatricePatrice Bernier Bank of Montreal
New England Revolution United States Heaps, JayJay Heaps Portugal Gonçalves, JoséJosé Gonçalves UnitedHealthcare
New York Red Bulls United States Petke, MikeMike Petke France Henry, ThierryThierry Henry Red Bull
Philadelphia Union United States Curtin, JimJim Curtin United States Carroll, BrianBrian Carroll Bimbo
Portland Timbers United States Porter, CalebCaleb Porter Canada Johnson, WillWill Johnson Alaska Airlines
Real Salt Lake United States Jeff Cassar United States Beckerman, KyleKyle Beckerman LifeVantage
San Jose Earthquakes United States Kinnear, DominicDominic Kinnear United States Wondolowski, ChrisChris Wondolowski n/a
Seattle Sounders FC United States Schmid, SigiSigi Schmid United States Evans, BradBrad Evans Xbox
Sporting Kansas City United States Vermes, PeterPeter Vermes United States Besler, MattMatt Besler Ivy Funds
Toronto FC United States Vanney, GregGreg Vanney Scotland Caldwell, StevenSteven Caldwell Bank of Montreal
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Wales Robinson, CarlCarl Robinson Chile Morales, PedroPedro Morales Bell Canada

Player transfers[edit]

Major League Soccer employs twelve methods to acquire players. These mechanisms are the following: (a) via allocation; (b) via the Designated Player Rule; (c) via the annual SuperDraft; (d) via trade; (e) placing a discovery claim; (f) via the Homegrown Player Rule; (g) via the annual Re-Entry Draft; (h) via the annual Waiver Draft; (i) through weighted lottery; (j) through an "extreme hardship" call-up; (k) by replacing a player who has been placed on the Season Ending Injury List; (l) by replacing a player who has been placed on the Disabled List.[9]

Allocation ranking[edit]

The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the League after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. The allocation rankings may also be used in the event two or more clubs file a request for the same player on the same day. The allocations will be ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2013 season, taking playoff performance into account.

Once the club uses its allocation ranking to acquire a player, it drops to the bottom of the list. A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club’s ranking. At all times, each club is assigned one ranking. The rankings reset at the end of each MLS League season.

Original Ranking Club Date Allocation Used Player Signed Previous Club Ref
1 Philadelphia Uniondagger January 27, 2014 United States Maurice Edu England Stoke City [10][11]
2 Seattle Sounders FCdouble-dagger January 31, 2014 Guatemala Marco Pappa Netherlands Heerenveen [12][13]
3 Houston Dynamo July 23, 2014 United States DaMarcus Beasley Mexico Puebla [14][15]
4 Columbus Crew SC October 7, 2014 Sierra Leone Kei Kamara England Middlesbrough [16]
5 FC Dallas
6 Los Angeles GalaxydaggerHash-tag [17][18]
7 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
8 Chicago Fire
9 San Jose Earthquakes
10 Montreal Impact
11 Colorado Rapids
12 New England Revolution
13 Chivas USAdouble-dagger [19]
14 D.C. UnitedHash-tag [20]
15 New York Red Bulls
16 Toronto FC [21]
17 Portland Timbers
18 Real Salt Lake
19 Sporting Kansas City

dagger On January 14, 2014, Philadelphia Union acquired the No. 1 ranking and Ethan White from D.C. United in exchange for the No. 6 allocation ranking and Jeff Parke. [22]

double-dagger On December 11, 2013, Seattle Sounders acquired the No. 2 allocation ranking from Chivas USA in exchange for the No. 13 allocation ranking and Tristan Bowen.[23]

∞ On July 23, 2014, Houston Dynamo acquired the then-no. 1 allocation ranking (original ranking number 3) and allocation money from Toronto FC in exchange for the then-no. 14 allocation ranking (original ranking number 16) and Warren Creavalle.[24]

Hash-tag On July 29, 2014, Los Angeles Galaxy acquired the then-No. 3 allocation ranking (original ranking number 6) from D.C. United in exchange for the then-No. 11 allocation ranking (original ranking number 14), a second-round selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, and Kofi Opare.[25]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
FC Dallas United States Schellas Hyndman Resigned Oct 26, 2013 Preseason Colombia Oscar Pareja Jan 10, 2014
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Scotland Martin Rennie Fired Oct 29, 2013 Wales Carl Robinson Dec 16, 2013
Chicago Fire United States Frank Klopas Resigned Oct 30, 2013[26] Canada Yallop, FrankFrank Yallop Oct 31, 2013[27]
Columbus Crew United States Bliss, BrianBrian Bliss End of caretaker spell Nov 6, 2013 United States Berhalter, GreggGregg Berhalter Nov 6, 2013[28]
Chivas USA Mexico Real, José LuisJosé Luis Real End of caretaker spell Nov 25, 2013[29] Colombia Cabrera, WilmerWilmer Cabrera Jan 9, 2014[30]
Real Salt Lake United States Jason Kreis End of contract Dec. 10, 2013[31] United States Jeff Cassar Dec 18, 2013[32]
Montreal Impact Switzerland Marco Schällibaum Fired Dec 18, 2013[33] United States Frank Klopas Dec 18, 2013[33]
Colorado Rapids Colombia Oscar Pareja Resigned Jan. 10, 2014 United States Pablo Mastroeni Mar 8, 2014[34]
Philadelphia Union United States John Hackworth Fired Jun. 10, 2014 16th United States Jim Curtin Jun. 10, 2014[35]
Toronto FC New Zealand Ryan Nelsen Fired Aug. 31, 2014 7th United States Greg Vanney Aug. 31, 2014[36]
San Jose Earthquakes Canada Mark Watson Fired Oct. 15, 2014 18th United States Ian Russell (interim) Oct. 15, 2014[37]

Ownership changes[edit]

Club New owner Previous owner Date
Chivas USA Major League Soccer Jorge Vergara February 20, 2014

Rule changes[edit]

The rules for the 2014 season are largely identical as those in 2013, with one major exception. For the first time in league history, the away goals rule will be used in two-legged MLS Cup playoff matches. MLS will use the version of the rule employed in CONCACAF competitions, which is applied only at the end of regular time of the second leg and not after extra time.[38] MLS has also tweaked the tiebreaker rules for the league standings. The first tiebreaker remains total wins, but the second and third tiebreakers have been swapped—goal difference is now second and goals scored is third. All other tiebreakers remain the same as in 2013.[39]

More minor changes include the following:[38][39]

  • The so-called "Special Discovery Signing" has been standardized. Under this provision, each team is allowed to amortize the total acquisition costs for one player, including the transfer fee, over the length of his contract without making him a Designated Player.
  • Regulations for loans between MLS teams have been formalized. Each team may loan out one player per season to another league team, with the loan deal being finalized no later than the close of the primary transfer window (May 12 in 2014). The player must be no older than 24 at the time of the loan, must stay on the receiving team's roster for the entire season, and cannot play against the team that loaned him out. Deals may include an option to buy.
  • Players who have trained for at least one year in a team's youth system, and have trained for at least 80 days with the team's academy in that year, may be signed to a first professional contract without being subject to the MLS SuperDraft.

The salary cap for 2014 has also been adjusted upward. The team salary cap, which as in previous years covers the first 20 of the 30 available roster spots, has increased to $3.1 million. The cap charge for a Designated Player is now $387,500, up from $368,750 last season. Midseason Designated Player signings carry a cap charge of $193,750. The minimum salaries for "off-budget" players (roster spots 21–30, including Generation adidas players) have also increased from last season.[39]

Standings[edit]

Conference tables[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 D.C. United (E1) 59 34 17 9 8 52 37 +15 2014 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 New England Revolution 55 34 17 13 4 51 46 +5
3 Columbus Crew 52 34 14 10 10 52 42 +10
4 New York Red Bulls 50 34 13 10 11 55 50 +5 2014 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Sporting Kansas City 49 34 14 13 7 48 41 +7
6 Philadelphia Union 42 34 10 12 12 51 51 0  
7 Toronto FC 41 34 11 15 8 44 54 −10
8 Houston Dynamo 39 34 11 17 6 39 58 −19
9 Chicago Fire 36 34 6 10 18 41 51 −10
10 Montreal Impact 28 34 6 18 10 38 58 −20

Updated to matches played on October 25, 2014 09:57 PM, EDT. Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:

(E1) = Eastern Conference champion
Western Conference
Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 Seattle Sounders FC (SS) (W1) 64 34 20 10 4 65 50 +15 2014 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 LA Galaxy 61 34 17 7 10 69 37 +32
3 Real Salt Lake 56 34 15 8 11 54 39 +15
4 FC Dallas 54 34 16 12 6 55 45 +10 2014 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 50 34 12 8 14 42 40 +2
6 Portland Timbers 49 34 12 9 13 61 52 +9  
7 Chivas USA 33 34 9 19 6 29 61 −32
8 Colorado Rapids 32 34 8 18 8 43 62 −19
9 San Jose Earthquakes 30 34 6 16 12 35 50 −15

Updated to matches played on October 26, 2014 7:42 PM, EDT. Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner
(W1) = Western Conference champion

Overall table[edit]

Note: the table below has no impact on playoff qualification and is used solely for determining host of the MLS Cup, certain CCL spots, the Supporters' Shield trophy, seeding in the 2015 Canadian Championship, and position in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. The conference tables are the sole determinant for teams qualifying for the playoffs.


Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 Seattle Sounders FC (SS) (W1) 64 34 20 10 4 65 50 +15 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League 1 4
2 LA Galaxy 61 34 17 7 10 69 37 +32 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League 2
3 D.C. United (E1) 59 34 17 9 8 52 37 +15 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League 3
4 Real Salt Lake 56 34 15 8 11 54 39 +15 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League 5
5 New England Revolution 55 34 17 13 4 51 46 +5
6 FC Dallas 54 34 16 12 6 55 45 +10
7 Columbus Crew 52 34 14 10 10 52 42 +10
8 New York Red Bulls 50 34 13 10 11 55 50 +5
9 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 50 34 12 8 14 42 40 +2 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League 6
10 Sporting Kansas City 49 34 14 13 7 48 41 +7  
11 Portland Timbers 49 34 12 9 13 61 52 +9
12 Philadelphia Union 42 34 10 12 12 51 51 0
13 Toronto FC 41 34 11 15 8 44 54 −10
14 Houston Dynamo 39 34 11 17 6 39 58 −19
15 Chicago Fire 36 34 6 10 18 41 51 −10
16 Chivas USA 33 34 9 19 6 29 61 −32
17 Colorado Rapids 32 34 8 18 8 43 62 −19
18 San Jose Earthquakes 30 34 6 16 12 35 50 −15
19 Montreal Impact 28 34 6 18 10 38 58 −20 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League 7

Updated to matches played on October 26, 2014 11:36 PM, EDT. Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner
(E1) = Eastern Conference champion
(W1) = Western Conference champion

1The highest ranked U.S.-based MLS club qualifies to the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League seeding Pot A (Canadian teams normally do not qualify for the Champions League through MLS, qualifying instead via the Canadian Championship, however see note 4.) The other U.S. representatives in the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League are:

5If the same team qualifies multiple times and/or if a Canadian team occupies one or more of the MLS qualifying places, then the American MLS team(s) with the best regular-season record not otherwise qualified are entered.

6 For this season only, the highest placed Canadian team will be awarded Canada's place in the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League, as a result of the rescheduling of the Canadian Championship in 2015.[40]

Tie-breaking[edit]

The teams are awarded three points for a win, one point for a tie (draw) and zero points for a loss. If teams have an equal number of points the following tie-breaking procedures apply:[3] The second and third tiebreakers, goal differential and goals scored, have swapped places from the 2013 season.[39]

  1. Most wins
  2. Goal differential (GD)
  3. Goals for (GF)
  4. Fewest disciplinary points (foul - one point, first yellow card - three points, second yellow card (resulting in red card) - five points, straight red card - six points, disciplinary committee suspension - six points)
  5. Road goals
  6. Road goal differential
  7. Home goals
  8. Home goal differential
  9. Coin toss (two teams) or drawing of lots (three or more)

Playoff bracket[edit]

Main article: 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs
East Knockout
     
E4 New York Red Bulls 2
E5 Sporting Kansas City 1
West Knockout
     
W4 FC Dallas 2
W5 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1


  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2014
                                     
E1  D.C. United 0 2 2  
E4  New York Red Bulls 2 1 3  
  E4  New York Red Bulls 1 2 3  
Eastern Conference
  E2  New England Revolution 2 2 4  
E2  New England Revolution 4 3 7
E3  Columbus Crew 2 1 3  
  E2  New England Revolution 1
  W2  LA Galaxy (a.e.t.) 2
W1  Seattle Sounders FC (a) 1 0 1  
W4  FC Dallas 1 0 1  
  W1  Seattle Sounders FC 0 2 2
Western Conference
  W2  LA Galaxy (a) 1 1 2  
W2  LA Galaxy 0 5 5
W3  Real Salt Lake 0 0 0  

Statistical leaders[edit]

Full article: MLS Golden Boot

Top goalkeepers[edit]

(Minimum 1,500 minutes played)

Rank Goalkeeper Nation Club
GAA SV GA Mins GP SO
1 Nick Rimando  USA Real Salt Lake 1.04 71 25 2160 24 7
2 Eric Kronberg  USA Sporting Kansas City 1.10 45 22 1800 20 7
3 Bill Hamid  USA D.C. United 1.13 110 34 2700 30 10
4 Jaime Penedo  PAN LA Galaxy 1.14 81 33 2610 29 8
5 David Ousted  DEN Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1.18 96 40 3060 34 13
6 Steve Clark  USA Columbus Crew 1.24 111 42 3060 34 8
Raúl Fernández  PER FC Dallas 1.24 66 25 1818 20 4
8 Bobby Shuttleworth  USA New England Revolution 1.25 94 40 2880 32 8
9 Donovan Ricketts  JAM Portland Timbers 1.38 105 44 2861 32 7
10 Jon Busch  USA San Jose Earthquakes 1.47 138 50 3060 34 6
Luis Robles  USA New York Red Bulls 1.47 111 50 3060 34 6
Stefan Frei   SWI Seattle Sounders FC 1.47 99 50 3060 34 9

Source:[43]

Individual awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month MLS Player of the Month
Player Nat Club Link
March Mauro Díaz  ARG FC Dallas 2G 1A
April Clint Dempsey  USA Seattle Sounders FC 7G 2A
May Dom Dwyer  ENG Sporting Kansas City 6G 0A
June Eric Kronberg  USA Sporting Kansas City 6SV 0GA
July Benny Feilhaber  USA Sporting Kansas City 2G 1A
August Landon Donovan  USA LA Galaxy 3G 6A
September Obafemi Martins  NGA Seattle Sounders FC 5G 1A
October Lee Nguyen  USA New England Revolution 5G

Weekly awards[edit]

Week MLS Player of the Week AT&T Goal of the Week MLS Save of the Week
Player Nat Club Player Nat Club Player Nat Club
Week 1 Nick Rimando  USA Real Salt Lake Sebastián Fernández  URU Vancouver Whitecaps FC Nick Rimando  USA Real Salt Lake
Week 2 Jermain Defoe  ENG Toronto FC Kyle Beckerman  USA Real Salt Lake Nick Rimando  USA Real Salt Lake
Week 3 Bernardo Añor  VEN Columbus Crew Fabián Castillo  COL FC Dallas David Ousted  DEN Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Week 4 Graham Zusi  USA Sporting Kansas City Dom Dwyer  ENG Sporting Kansas City Dan Kennedy  USA Chivas USA
Week 5 Clint Dempsey  USA Seattle Sounders FC José Mari  ESP Colorado Rapids Chris Seitz  USA FC Dallas
Week 6 Clint Dempsey  USA Seattle Sounders FC Clint Dempsey  USA Seattle Sounders FC Chris Seitz  USA FC Dallas
Week 7 Nick Rimando  USA Real Salt Lake Obafemi Martins  NGA Seattle Sounders FC Júlio César  BRA Toronto FC
Week 8 Bradley Wright-Phillips  ENG New York Red Bulls Obafemi Martins  NGA Seattle Sounders FC Tally Hall  USA Houston Dynamo
Week 9 Joao Plata  ECU Real Salt Lake Gastón Fernández  ARG Portland Timbers Eric Kronberg  USA Sporting Kansas City
Week 10 Harrison Shipp  USA Chicago Fire Javier Morales  ARG Real Salt Lake Raúl Fernández  PER FC Dallas
Week 11 Federico Higuaín  ARG Columbus Crew Obafemi Martins  NGA Seattle Sounders FC Jeff Attinella  USA Real Salt Lake
Week 12 Landon Donovan  USA LA Galaxy Erik Hurtado  USA Vancouver Whitecaps FC Donovan Ricketts  JAM Portland Timbers
Week 13 Deshorn Brown  JAM Colorado Rapids Will Johnson  CAN Portland Timbers Jeff Attinella  USA Real Salt Lake
Week 14 Fanendo Adi  NGA Portland Timbers Fabian Castillo  COL FC Dallas Dan Kennedy  USA Chivas USA
Week 15 Luis Silva  USA D.C. United (not awarded) (not awarded)
Week 16 Jack McInerney  USA Montreal Impact Jack McInerney  USA Montreal Impact David Ousted  DEN Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Week 17 Erick Torres  MEX Chivas USA Erick Torres  MEX Chivas USA Donovan Ricketts  JAM Portland Timbers
Week 18 Thierry Henry  FRA New York Red Bulls Deshorn Brown  JAM Colorado Rapids Donovan Ricketts  JAM Portland Timbers
Week 19 Benny Feilhaber  USA Sporting Kansas City Diego Valeri  ARG Portland Timbers Steve Clark  USA Columbus Crew
Week 20 Yannick Djaló  POR San Jose Earthquakes Graham Zusi  USA Sporting Kansas City Jaime Penedo  PAN LA Galaxy
Week 21 Robbie Keane  IRE LA Galaxy Dax McCarty  USA New York Red Bulls Nick Rimando  USA Real Salt Lake
Week 22 Chris Schuler  USA Real Salt Lake Diego Valeri  ARG Portland Timbers Jon Kempin  USA Sporting Kansas City
Week 23 Tesho Akindele  CAN FC Dallas Dillon Serna  USA Colorado Rapids Jon Kempin  USA Sporting Kansas City
Week 24 Obafemi Martins  NGA Seattle Sounders FC Obafemi Martins  NGA Seattle Sounders FC Clint Irwin  USA Colorado Rapids
Week 25 Landon Donovan  USA LA Galaxy Clint Dempsey  USA Seattle Sounders FC Nick Rimando  USA Real Salt Lake
Week 26 Landon Donovan  USA LA Galaxy Thierry Henry  FRA New York Red Bulls Jon Busch  USA San Jose Earthquakes
Week 27 Blas Pérez  PAN FC Dallas Lamar Neagle  USA Seattle Sounders FC Joe Bendik  USA Toronto FC
Week 28 Bradley Wright-Phillips  ENG New York Red Bulls Diego Valeri  ARG Portland Timbers Luis Robles  USA New York Red Bulls
Week 29 Landon Donovan  USA LA Galaxy Obafemi Martins  NGA Seattle Sounders FC Steve Clark  USA Columbus Crew
Week 30 Sebastián Fernández  URU Vancouver Whitecaps FC Marco Pappa  GUA Seattle Sounders FC Clint Irwin  USA Colorado Rapids
Week 31 Diego Valeri  ARG Portland Timbers Graham Zusi  USA Sporting Kansas City Andy Gruenebaun  USA Sporting Kansas City
Week 32 Lee Nguyen  USA New England Revolution Lee Nguyen  USA New England Revolution Nick Rimando  USA Real Salt Lake
Week 33 Marco Pappa  GUA Seattle Sounders FC Kyle Beckerman  USA Real Salt Lake Donovan Ricketts  JAM Portland Timbers

The player of the week is voted on by North American sports journalists. All other weekly and monthly awards are decided by an online fan vote.

Scoring[edit]

Player Nation For Against Result Date
Dempsey, ClintClint Dempsey  USA Seattle Sounders FC Portland Timbers 4–4[45] April 5, 2014
Wright-Phillips, BradleyBradley Wright-Phillips  ENG New York Red Bulls Houston Dynamo 4–0[46] April 23, 2014
Wright-Phillips, BradleyBradley Wright-Phillips  ENG New York Red Bulls Chicago Fire 4–5[47] May 10, 2014
Shipp, HarryHarry Shipp  USA Chicago Fire New York Red Bulls 5–4[48] May 10, 2014
Morales, JavierJavier Morales  ARG Real Salt Lake Houston Dynamo 5–2[49] May 11, 2014
Silva, LuisLuis Silva  USA DC United Montreal Impact 4–2[50] June 11, 2014
Akindele, TeshoTesho Akindele  CAN FC Dallas San Jose Eathquakes 5–0[51] August 16, 2014
Wright-Phillips, BradleyBradley Wright-Phillips  ENG New York Red Bulls Seattle Sounders FC 4–1[52] September 20, 2014

Discipline[edit]

End of season awards[edit]

Award Player/Club
Most Valuable Player Robbie Keane[53]
Defender of the Year Chad Marshall[54]
Goalkeeper of the Year Bill Hamid[55]
Coach of the Year Ben Olsen[56]
Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele[57]
Newcomer of the Year Pedro Morales[58]
Comeback Player of the Year Rodney Wallace[59]
Golden Boot Bradley Wright-Phillips[60]
Fair Play Player Award Michael Parkhurst[61]
Fair Play Team Award Philadelphia Union[61]
Humanitarian of the Year A. J. DeLaGarza
Referee of the Year Mark Geiger[62]
Assistant Referee of the Year Paul Scott[62]
Goal of the Year Obafemi Martins[63]
Save of the Year Luis Robles[64]

MLS Best XI[edit]

Year Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
2014 United States Bill Hamid, D.C. United United States Chad Marshall, Seattle
United States Bobby Boswell, D.C. United
United States Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles
United States Lee Nguyen, New England
United States Landon Donovan, Los Angeles
Argentina Diego Valeri, Portland
France Thierry Henry, New York
Republic of Ireland Robbie Keane, Los Angeles
England Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
Nigeria Obafemi Martins, Seattle

Source:[65]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Impact's first three home games were played at the Olympic Stadium. The Impact played its first home game at Saputo Stadium on April 26, 2014 against the Philadelphia Union.

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