2002 Major League Soccer season

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2002 Major League Soccer season
Season 2002
MLS Cup Los Angeles Galaxy (1st title)
Supporters' Shield Los Angeles Galaxy (2nd shield)
Matches played 140
Goals scored 421 (3.01 per match)
Top goalscorer Carlos Ruiz
Los Angeles Galaxy
Goals: 24
Highest attendance Colorado Rapids
Season: 289,663
Game Avg.: 20,690
Lowest attendance San Jose Earthquakes
Season: 156,104
Game Avg.: 11,150
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,215,019
Game Avg.: 15,822
2001
2003

The 2002 Major League Soccer season was the seventh season of competition for Major League Soccer.

On January 8, 2002, MLS folded two of its teams. The Miami Fusion F.C. ceased operations after only four years in existence due to low attendance and an unfavorable stadium deal. The Tampa Bay Mutiny also ceased operations due to the lack of local ownership. MLS eliminated the Central Division and returned to its original two-conference alignment.

Standings[edit]

Conference[edit]

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
y – New England Revolution 28 12 14 2 49 49 0 38
x – Columbus Crew 28 11 12 5 44 43 +1 38
x – Chicago Fire 28 11 13 4 43 38 +5 37
MetroStars 28 11 15 2 41 47 –6 35
D.C. United 28 9 14 5 31 40 –9 32
Western Conference GP* W L D GF GA GD Pts
s – Los Angeles Galaxy 28 16 9 3 44 33 +11 51
x – San Jose Earthquakes 28 14 11 3 45 35 +10 45
x – Dallas Burn 28 12 9 7 44 43 +1 43
x – Colorado Rapids 28 13 11 4 43 48 –5 43
x – Kansas City Wizards 28 9 10 9 37 45 –8 36
  • Top eight teams with the highest points clinch play-off berth, regardless of conference.
    x = Playoff berth
    y = Conference Winner (Season)
    s = Supporters Shield/Conference winner (Season)
  • New England Revolution wins first tiebreaker vs. Columbus Crew (head-to-head: 2-1-1)
    Dallas Burn wins first tiebreaker vs. Colorado Rapids (head-to-head: 2-1-1)

Overall[edit]

Pos Club GP W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification Head-to-head
1 Los Angeles Galaxy (SS) (W1) 28 16 9 3 44 33 +11 51 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup, 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2003 U.S. Open Cup
2 San Jose Earthquakes 28 14 11 3 45 35 +10 45 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup1, 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2003 U.S. Open Cup
3 Dallas Burn 28 12 9 7 44 43 +1 43 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2003 U.S. Open Cup DAL: 7 pts
COL: 4 pts
4 Colorado Rapids 28 13 11 4 43 48 –5 43
5 New England Revolution (E1) 28 12 14 2 49 49 0 38 NE: 7 pts
CLB: 4 pts
6 Columbus Crew 28 11 12 5 44 43 +1 38
7 Chicago Fire 28 11 13 4 43 38 +5 37
8 Kansas City Wizards2 28 9 10 9 37 45 -8 36 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs
9 MetroStars2 28 11 15 2 41 47 –6 35
10 D.C. United2 28 9 14 5 31 40 –9 32

Source: MLSSoccer.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head record; 3rd goal difference; 4th number of goals scored.
(SS) = MLS Supporters' Shield; (E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (W1) = Western Conference champion
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff-contention.

  • ^Note 1 – Since Los Angeles Galaxy won MLS Cup 2002 and the Supporters' Shield, San Jose Earthquakes qualified for the CONCACAF Champions Cup by finishing as Supporters' Shield runners-up.
  • ^Note 2 – Since Kansas City Wizards, MetroStars, and D.C. United finished outside of the top seven in the league standings, they enter the U.S. Open Cup in the third round proper rather than fourth.

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2002
                                   
  1 Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* (6 Points) 3* 1 5  
8 Kansas City Wizards (3 Points) 2 4 2  
  1 Los Angeles Galaxy (6 Points) 4 1 x  
  4 Colorado Rapids (0 Points) 0 0 x  
3 Dallas Burn (4 Points) 4 0 1
  4 Colorado Rapids (SDET)** (4 Points) 2 1 1**  
    1 Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* 1
  5 New England Revolution 0
  5 New England Revolution (6 Points) 2 1 2  
7 Chicago Fire (3 Points) 0 2 0  
  5 New England Revolution (5 Points) 0 1 2
  6 Columbus Crew (2 Points) 0 0 2  
2 San Jose Earthquakes (0 Points) 1 1 x
  6 Columbus Crew (6 Points) 2 2 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.

Conference Semi-finals[edit]

Kansas City Wizards 2–3 (AET) Los Angeles Galaxy
Preki Goal 25'
Brown Goal 70'
Ruiz (Pen) Goal 62' Goal 99'
Jones Goal 85'
Attendance: 14,585
Los Angeles Galaxy 1–4 Kansas City Wizards
Albright Goal 71' Simutenkov Goal 19'
Quill Goal 37'
Preki Goal 70'
Fabbro Goal 73'
Kansas City Wizards 2–5 Los Angeles Galaxy
Klein Goal 47'
Preki Goal 72'
Ruiz Goal 34' Goal 66'
Jones Goal 45'+, Goal 62'
Tennyson Goal 93'
Attendance: 14,713
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6-3 on points.

Chicago Fire 0–2 New England Revolution
Twellman Goal 13'
Hernández Goal 60'
New England Revolution 1–2 Chicago Fire
Kamler Goal 28' Razov (Pen) Goal 43', Goal 76'
Chicago Fire 0–2 New England Revolution
Kamler Goal 12'
Twellman Goal 65'
  • New England Revolution advance 6–3 on points.

Columbus Crew 2–1 San Jose Earthquakes
Buddle Goal 38'
García Goal 81'
Donovan Goal 54'
San Jose Earthquakes 1–2 Columbus Crew
Graziani Goal 58' García Goal 50'
McBride Goal 81'
  • Columbus Crew advance 6–0 on points.

Colorado Rapids 2–4 Dallas Burn
Valderrama Goal 2'
Spencer (Pen) Goal 75'
Morrow Goal 26'
Kreis Goal 49'
Deering Goal 68'
Martínez Goal 70'
Attendance: 6,360
Dallas Burn 0–1 Colorado Rapids
Carrieri Goal 78'
Colorado Rapids 1–1 Dallas Burn
Spencer Goal 22' Rhine Goal 6'
Attendance: 8,008
  1–0 series OT (ASDET)  
Chung Golden goal 1'
  • Colorado Rapids advance in series (sudden death) overtime, after 4–4 tie on points.

Conference Finals[edit]

Colorado Rapids 0–4 Los Angeles Galaxy
Califf Goal 21'
Ruiz Goal 24' Goal 84'
Hendrickson Goal 71'
Attendance: 24,742
Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 Colorado Rapids
Ruiz Goal 64'
Attendance: 12,367
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6–0 on points.

Columbus Crew 0–0 New England Revolution
New England Revolution 1–0 Columbus Crew
Heaps Goal 3'
Columbus Crew 2–2 New England Revolution
McBride Goal 80'
Washington Goal 85'
Ralston Goal 17'
Harris Goal 47'
  • New England Revolution advance 5–2 on points.

MLS Cup[edit]

Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 (2OT) New England Revolution
Ruiz Golden goal 113' Report

Attendance[edit]

Club Games Season Game Avg.
Colorado Rapids 14 289,663 20,690
Los Angeles Galaxy 14 266,664 19,047
MetroStars 14 254,174 18,155
Columbus Crew 14 243,999 17,429
New England Revolution 14 236,973 16,927
D.C. United 14 231,264 16,519
Dallas Burn 14 183,702 13,122
Chicago Fire 14 180,908 12,922
Kansas City Wizards 14 171,568 12,255
San Jose Earthquakes 14 156,104 11,150
OVERALL 140 2,215,019 15,822

Player statistics[edit]

Goals[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Guatemala Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy 24
2 United States Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 23
3 United States Jeff Cunningham Columbus Crew 16
4 United States Ante Razov Chicago Fire 14
Ecuador Ariel Graziani San Jose Earthquakes 14
6 United States Jason Kreis Dallas Burn 13
7 Senegal Mamadou Diallo* MetroStars 12
Brazil Rodrigo Faria MetroStars 12
9 United States Chris Carrieri Colorado Rapids 11
United States Mark Chung Colorado Rapids 11
United States Chris Henderson Colorado Rapids 11

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

Awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player Guatemala Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy
Scoring Champion United States Taylor Twellman (52 points) New England Revolution
Defender of the Year United States Carlos Bocanegra Chicago Fire
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Joe Cannon San Jose Earthquakes
Rookie of the Year United States Kyle Martino Columbus Crew
Coach of the Year Scotland Steve Nicol New England Revolution
Comeback Player of the Year United States Chris Klein Kansas City Wizards
Goal of the Year Guatemala Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy
Fair Play Award United States Mark Chung Colorado Rapids
Humanitarian of the Year United States Steve Jolley MetroStars

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