2001 Major League Soccer season

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2001 Major League Soccer season
Season2001
MLS CupSan Jose Earthquakes (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldMiami Fusion F.C. (1st shield)
Matches played158
Goals scored519 (3.28 per match)
Top goalscorerAlex Pineda Chacon
Miami Fusion F.C.
Goals: 19
Highest attendanceD.C. United
Season: 258,213
Game Avg.: 21,518
Lowest attendanceSan Jose Earthquakes
Season: 125,250
Game Avg.: 9,635
Total attendance2,363,859
Average attendance14,961
2000
2002

The 2001 Major League Soccer season was shortened due to the September 11 attacks, with the final weeks' regular season matches canceled.[1] The playoffs, however, were played, and the San Jose Earthquakes won their first MLS Cup.

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Miami Fusion 53 26 16 5 5 57 36  +21
2 MetroStars 42 26 13 10 3 38 35  +3
3 New England Revolution 27 27 7 14 6 35 52  −17
4 D.C. United 26 26 8 16 2 42 50  −8
2001 Supporters' Shield winner
2001 MLS Cup Playoffs


Central Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Chicago Fire 53 27 16 6 5 50 30  +20
2 Columbus Crew 45 26 13 7 6 49 36  +13
3 Dallas Burn 35 26 10 11 5 48 47  +1
4 Tampa Bay Mutiny 14 27 4 21 2 32 68  −36
2001 MLS Cup Playoffs


Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 47 26 14 7 5 52 36  +16
2 San Jose Earthquakes 45 26 13 7 6 47 29  +18
3 Kansas City Wizards 36 27 11 13 3 33 53  −20
4 Colorado Rapids 23 26 5 13 8 36 47  −11
2001 MLS Cup Playoffs


  • Top eight teams with the highest points per game clinch playoff berth, regardless of division.
  • Miami Fusion F.C. wins first tiebreaker with Chicago Fire (2-0 in head-to-head competition)
  • Columbus Crew wins first tiebreaker with San Jose Earthquakes (1-0-1 in head-to-head competition)
  • Season shortened due to September 11 attacks. Due to the different number of games played, playoff ordering determined by points per game, instead of total points.[1]
  • Dallas Burn (1.35 ppg) finishes ahead of Kansas City Wizards (1.33 ppg) in points per game

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Playoff Bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals MLS Cup 2001
                                   
  2 Chicago Fire (7 Points) 2 1 2  
7 Dallas Burn (1 Points) 0 1 0  
  2 Chicago Fire (1 Points) 1 0 1  
  3 Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* (7 Points) 1 1* 2*  
3 Los Angeles Galaxy (SDET)* (4 Points) 1 1 3*
  6 MetroStars (4 Points) 1 4 2  
    3 Los Angeles Galaxy 1
  5 San Jose Earthquakes (ASDET)* 2
  1 Miami Fusion (6 Points) 2 0 2  
8 Kansas City Wizards (3 Points) 0 3 1  
  1 Miami Fusion (3 Points) 1 0 0
  5 San Jose Earthquakes (SDET)* (6 Points) 0 4 1*  
4 Columbus Crew (0 Points) 1 0 x
  5 San Jose Earthquakes (6 Points) 3 3 x  
  • Points system
    Win = 3 Pts.
    Loss = 0 Pts.
    Draw = 1 Pt.
  • ASDET*=Added Sudden Death Extra Time (Game tie breaker)
    SDET**=Sudden Death Extra Time (Series tie breaker)
    Teams will advance at 5 points.

Quarterfinals[edit]

Dallas Burn0–2Chicago Fire
Bocanegra Goal 40'
Whitfield Goal 90'+
Chicago Fire1–1Dallas Burn
J. Beasley Goal 84' Deering Goal 27'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance:: 17,149
Dallas Burn0–2Chicago Fire
Kovalenko Goal 17'
Armas Goal 55'

Chicago Fire advance 7–1 on points.


Miami Fusion0–3Kansas City Wizards
Lowe Goal 24'
McKeon Goal 31' (pen.)
Gomez Goal 45'+
Kansas City Wizards1–2Miami Fusion
Lowe Goal 13' Preki Goal 14'
Henderson Goal 71'

Miami Fusion advance 6–3 on points.


MetroStars1–1Los Angeles Galaxy
Faria Goal 29' Caligiuri Goal 63'
Los Angeles Galaxy1–4MetroStars
Victorine Goal 4' Faria Goal 72', Goal 80'
Chung Goal 75'
Valencia Goal 83'
MetroStars2–3Los Angeles Galaxy
Villegas Goal 49', Goal 60' Victorine Goal 21', Goal 33'
Frye Goal 56'
 0–1 series (SDET) 
Cienfuegos Golden goal 8'

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 1-0 in series overtime (SDET) after 4-4 tie on points.


San Jose Earthquakes3–1Columbus Crew
Donovan Goal 5' Goal 45'+
Lagos Goal 31'
Warzycha Goal 54' (pen.)
Columbus Crew0–3San Jose Earthquakes
Lagos Goal 9'
Cerritos Goal 68'
Donovan Goal 76'

San Jose Earthquakes advance 6–0 on points.

Semifinals[edit]


Los Angeles Galaxy1–1Chicago Fire
Hernández Goal 44' Wynalda Goal 32'
Chicago Fire0–1 (AET)Los Angeles Galaxy
Vagenas Golden goal 94'
Los Angeles Galaxy2–1 (AET)Chicago Fire
Califf Goal 44'
Cienfuegos Golden goal 98'
D. Beasley Goal 30'

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 7–1 on points.


Miami Fusion0–4San Jose Earthquakes
Donovan Goal 16'
Russell Goal 57'
Lagos Goal 69'
De Rosario Goal 89'

San Jose Earthquakes advance 6–3 on points.

MLS Cup[edit]

Player awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player Honduras Alex Pineda Chacon Miami Fusion
Scoring Champion Honduras Alex Pineda Chacon (47 Points) Miami Fusion
Defender of the Year United States Jeff Agoos San Jose Earthquakes
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Tim Howard MetroStars
Rookie of the Year Brazil Rodrigo Faria MetroStars
Coach of the Year Canada Frank Yallop San Jose Earthquakes
Comeback Player of the Year United States Troy Dayak San Jose Earthquakes
Goal of the Year United States Clint Mathis MetroStars
Fair Play Award Honduras Alex Pineda Chacon Miami Fusion
Humanitarian of the Year United States Tim Howard MetroStars

Player statistics[edit]

Top goal scorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Honduras Alex Pineda Chacon Miami Fusion F.C. 19
2 Colombia Diego Serna Miami Fusion F.C. 15
3 Scotland John Spencer Colorado Rapids 14
Sierra Leone Abdul Thompson Conteh D.C. United 14
5 El Salvador Ronald Cerritos San Jose Earthquakes 11
Ecuador Ariel Graziani Dallas Burn 11
7 United States Jeff Cunningham Columbus Crew 10
United States Eric Wynalda* Chicago Fire 10
9 Senegal Mamadou Diallo Tampa Bay Mutiny 9
10 Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 9

Played for more than one team - Most Recent Team Listed*

Attendance[edit]

Club Games Season Game Avg.
D.C. United 12 258,213 21,518
MetroStars 13 270,477 20,806
Columbus Crew 13 227,644 17,511
Los Angeles Galaxy 13 226,035 17,387
Colorado Rapids 13 214,249 16,481
Chicago Fire 14 229,438 16,388
New England Revolution 13 203,501 15,654
Dallas Burn 13 163,465 12,574
Miami Fusion 14 156,481 11,177
Kansas City Wizards 13 142,402 10,954
Tampa Bay Mutiny 14 146,704 10,479
San Jose Earthquakes 13 125,250 9,635
OVERALL 158 2,363,859 14,961


International Competition[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Copa Merconorte

CONCACAF Giants Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MLS Teleconference: September 13, 2001". MLSNET. Archived from the original on 2002-02-11. Retrieved 2018-11-25.

External links[edit]