1998 Major League Soccer season

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1998 Major League Soccer season
Season1998
MLS CupChicago Fire (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldLos Angeles Galaxy (1st shield)
Matches played192
Goals scored701 (3.65 per match)
Top goalscorerStern John
(26 goals)
Longest winning runChicago Fire
Games: 11
(05/16 – 07/09)
Longest losing runNew England Revolution
Games: 9
(05/13 – 07/04)
Highest attendanceLos Angeles Galaxy
Season: 348,549
Game Avg.: 21,784
Lowest attendanceKansas City Wizards
Season: 129,163
Game Avg.: 8,073
Total attendance2,747,897
Average attendance14,312
1997
1999

The 1998 Major League Soccer season was the third season of Major League Soccer. Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion played their inaugural seasons as the first two MLS expansion teams. Chicago would become the first expansion team to win the MLS Cup and the first to win it in the inaugural year.

Final standings[edit]

  • 3 points were awarded for a win.
  • 1 point was awarded for a shootout win and considered a win in the standings.
  • No points were awarded for a loss or a shootout loss, with the latter being considered a loss in the standings
  • The top four teams in each conference advanced to the playoffs.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Eastern Conference P W SW SL L WIR SO LIR GF GA GD APts Pts
D.C. United 32 24 7 3 8 17 10 5 74 48 26 61 58
Columbus Crew 32 15 0 5 17 15 5 12 67 56 11 50 45
MetroStars 32 15 3 4 17 12 7 13 54 63 -9 43 39
Miami Fusion 32 15 5 0 17 10 5 17 46 68 -22 35 35
Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 12 1 5 20 11 6 15 46 57 -11 39 34
New England Revolution 32 11 2 4 21 9 6 17 53 66 -13 33 29

Western Conference[edit]

Western Conference P W SW SL L WIR SO LIR GF GA GD APts Pts
Los Angeles Galaxy (SS) 32 24 2 2 8 22 4 6 85 44 41 70 68
Chicago Fire 32 20 2 2 12 18 4 10 62 45 17 58 56
Colorado Rapids 32 16 2 2 16 14 4 14 62 69 -7 46 44
Dallas Burn 32 15 4 2 17 11 6 15 43 59 -16 39 37
San Jose Clash 32 13 3 5 19 10 8 14 48 60 -12 38 33
Kansas City Wizards 32 12 2 4 20 10 6 16 45 50 -5 36 32

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  • The ties were a best of three series.
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup '98
                                   
  E1 D.C. United 2 0 (3) x  
E4 Miami 1 0 (2) x  
  E1 D.C. United 2 2 3  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Columbus 0 4 0  
E2 Columbus 5 1 (3) x
  E3 MetroStars 3 1 (2) x  
    E1 D.C. United 0
  W2 Chicago 2
  W1 Los Angeles 6 3 x  
W4 Dallas 1 2 x  
  W1 Los Angeles 0 1 (1) x
Western Conference
  W2 Chicago 1 1 (2) x  
W2 Chicago 2 1 x
  W3 Colorado 1 0 x  

Conference semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference

Miami Fusion1–2D.C. United
Paulinho McLaren Roy Lassiter, Jamie Moreno
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 15,187
D.C. United0–0
3–2 (S.O.)
Miami Fusion
  • D.C. United advance 2–0, to the Conference Finals.

MetroStars3–5Columbus Crew
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 10,996
Columbus Crew1–1
3–2 (S.O.)
MetroStars
  • Columbus Crew advance 2–0, to the Conference Finals.

Western Conference

Dallas Burn1–6Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Galaxy3–2Dallas Burn
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 8,130
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 2–0, to the Conference Finals.

Colorado Rapids1–2Chicago Fire
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 12,610
Chicago Fire1–0Colorado Rapids
  • Chicago Fire advance 2–0, to the Conference Finals.

Conference finals[edit]

Eastern Conference

Columbus Crew0–2D.C. United
Sanneh Goal 68'
Etcheverry Goal 78'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 17,755
D.C. United2–4Columbus Crew
Sanneh Goal 65'
Lassiter Goal 77'
McBride Goal 8', 47'
Dooley Goal 37'
John Goal 81'
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,193
Columbus Crew0–3D.C. United
Agoos Goal 12'
Lassiter Goal 44', 79'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 21,453
  • D.C. United advance 2–1, to MLS Cup '98

Western Conference

Chicago Fire1–0Los Angeles Galaxy
Marsch Goal 86'
Los Angeles Galaxy1–1
1–2 (SO)
Chicago Fire
Pena Goal 37' Nowak Goal 31'
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 32,744
  • Chicago Fire advance 2–0, to MLS Cup '98

MLS Cup '98[edit]

Chicago Fire2–0D.C. United
Podbrozny Goal 29'
Gutiérrez Goal 45'
Referee: Kevin Terry

Player awards[edit]

Weekly award[edit]

Week Player of the Week Team
Week 1 United States Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 2 United States Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 3 United States Frank Klopas Chicago Fire
Week 4 United States Jason Farrell Columbus Crew
Week 5 Trinidad and Tobago Stern John Columbus Crew
Week 6 United States Paul Bravo Colorado Rapids
Week 7 United States Tony Meola MetroStars
Week 8 United States Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 9 Zimbabwe Vitalis Takawira Kansas City Wizards
Week 10 Poland Peter Nowak Chicago Fire
Week 11 Trinidad and Tobago Stern John Columbus Crew
Week 12 Poland Jerzy Podbrożny Chicago Fire
Week 13 United States Zach Thornton Chicago Fire
Week 14 Poland Roman Kosecki Chicago Fire
Week 15 Czech Republic Luboš Kubík Chicago Fire
Week 16 United States John Harkes D.C. United
Week 17 United States Roy Lassiter D.C. United
Week 18 Bolivia Marco Etcheverry D.C. United
Week 19 United States Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 20 Trinidad and Tobago Stern John Columbus Crew
Week 21 United States Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 22 Colombia Diego Serna Miami Fusion
Week 23 Mexico Carlos Hermosillo Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 24 United States Josh Wolff Chicago Fire
Week 25 Colombia Diego Serna Miami Fusion

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Player of the Month Team
March United States Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
April United States Juergen Sommer Columbus Crew
May Poland Peter Nowak Chicago Fire
June United States Ross Paule Colorado Rapids
July United States Roy Lassiter D.C. United
August Trinidad and Tobago Stern John Columbus Crew
September Colombia Diego Serna Miami Fusion

End of year awards[edit]

Award Player Team
Most Valuable Player Bolivia Marco Etcheverry D.C. United
Scoring Champion Trinidad and Tobago Stern John – (57 Pts.) Columbus Crew
Defender of the Year Czech Republic Lubos Kubik Chicago Fire
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Zach Thornton Chicago Fire
Rookie of the Year United States Ben Olsen D.C. United
Coach of the Year United States Bob Bradley Chicago Fire
Goal of the Year United States Brian McBride Columbus Crew
Fair Play Award United States Thomas Dooley Columbus Crew

Player statistics[edit]

Top goal scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Trinidad and Tobago Stern John Columbus Crew 26
2 United States Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy 19
3 United States Roy Lassiter D.C. United 18
El Salvador Raúl Díaz Arce New England Revolution 18
5 Brazil Welton Los Angeles Galaxy 17
6 Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 16
7 Venezuela Giovanni Savarese MetroStars 14
8 Jamaica Wolde Harris Colorado Rapids 13
El Salvador Mauricio Cienfuegos Los Angeles Galaxy 13
El Salvador Ronald Cerritos San Jose Clash 13

Attendance[edit]

Club Games Home Total Home Average
Los Angeles Galaxy 16 348,549 21,784
New England Revolution 16 307,004 19,187
Chicago Fire 16 286,190 17,886
MetroStars 16 264,316 16,519
D.C. United 16 256,127 16,007
Colorado Rapids 16 236,995 14,812
San Jose Clash 16 218,450 13,653
Columbus Crew 16 196,394 12,274
Dallas Burn 16 175,162 10,947
Tampa Bay Mutiny 16 164,999 10,312
Miami Fusion 16 164,548 10,284
Kansas City Wizards 16 129,163 8,072
OVERALL 192 2,747,897 14,311

International Competition[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Interamerican Cup

First leg played at RFK Stadium
Second leg played at Lockhart Stadium.

Coaches[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Western Conference[edit]

References[edit]