2005 D.C. United season

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D.C. United
2005 season
Owner United States D.C. United Holdings
Head Coach Poland Piotr Nowak
MLS 3rd
MLS Cup Playoffs Conference semifinals
U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals
CONCACAF Champions' Cup Semifinals
Carolina Challenge Cup Runners-up
Atlantic Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
All: Eskandarian (10)
Home colors
Away colors

The 2005 season was the ninth season in D.C. United history, as well as their ninth season in Major League Soccer, the top tier of American soccer. The season covers the period from November 15, 2004 through October 30, 2004.

Under Piotr Nowak's tenure as head coach, this was the first and only season where he did not lead D.C. United to a trophy of any kind. D.C. United entered the season as the defending MLS Cup champions defeating Kansas City Wizards 3–2 in last season's championship. During Nowak's second season as head coach, he led the team to a slightly better regular season record, finishing third in the overall standings.

D.C. United made their first appearance in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup (now Champions League) for the first time in three years, earning qualification through winning the 2004 MLS Cup championship. In the continental tournament, D.C. United were the only American club to reach the semifinals of the tournament before losing to Mexico's UNAM Pumas 6–1 on aggregate.

In other external competitions, United finished as runners-up in the preseason Carolina Challenge Cup, reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup and won the Atlantic Cup rivalry series against MetroStars.

Background[edit]

D.C. United entered the 2005 season as the defending MLS Cup champions, earning their first league championship since 1999. During the 2004 MLS regular season, United finished second in the Eastern Conference table and fourth in the overall regular standings. Their playoff run included a 4–0 aggregate series victory over their Atlantic Cup rivals, MetroStars in the conference semifinals. In the conference final, United defeated the Eastern Conference regular season champions, New England Revolution in a penalty shoot-out, after a 3–3 draw in regulation and extra time. Their playoff campaign culuminated in MLS Cup 2004 defeating Kansas City Wizards 3–2 in the final.

Review[edit]

Match Results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Loss Tie

Carolina Challenge Cup[edit]

Game Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance Ref
1 March 19, 2005 San Jose Earthquakes N L 0–2 [1]
2 March 23, 2005 Charleston Battery A T 2–2 Moreno, Quintanilla [2]
3 March 25, 2005 Columbus Crew N W 3–0 Gomez (2), Moreno [3]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup[edit]

Round Leg Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance Ref
QF 1 March 9, 2005 Jamaica Harbour View H W 2–1 3,825 Eskandarian, Gros
2 March 16, 2005 A W 2–1 Walker, Moreno 600
SF 1 April 6, 2005 Mexico UNAM H T 1–1 Gómez 21,185
2 April 13, 2005 A L 0–5 22,000

Major League Soccer[edit]

Regular season[edit]

D.C. United recorded the fifth highest average attendance during the 2005 Major League Soccer season.[4]

Regular season results source

Game Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance Ref
1 April 2, 2005 Chivas USA A W 2–0 Gros, Gómez 18,493 [5]
2 April 9, 2005 Chicago Fire H T 1–1 Petke 19,052 [6]
3 April 15, 2005 Columbus Crew A L 0–1 12,449 [7]
4 April 23, 2005 New England Revolution H L 3–4 Moreno (2), Quaranta 13,691 [8]
5 April 30, 2005 Kansas City Wizards A T 0–0 12,008 [9]
6 May 7, 2005 Columbus Crew H W 3–1 14,894 [10]
7 May 14, 2005 New England Revolution A L 0–1 13,662
8 May 21, 2005 Kansas City Wizards H W 3–2 18,731
9 May 28, 2005 FC Dallas H L 0–2 16,684
10 June 4, 2005 San Jose Earthquakes A T 0–0 11,989
11 June 12, 2005 MetroStars A T 0–0 15,125
12 June 15, 2005 Chicago Fire H W 4–3 14,198
13 June 18, 2005 New England Revolution H W 2–0 17,611
14 June 29, 2005 Chicago Fire A L 3–4 8,202
15 July 2, 2005 Columbus Crew A W 1–0 Marshall (o.g.) 12,988 [11]
16 July 9, 2005 Kansas City Wizards H L 0–1 18,379
17 July 15, 2005 San Jose Earthquakes H W 3–0 13,978
18 July 20, 2005 Kansas City Wizards A D 1–1 Rankine (pen) 7,560
19 July 23, 2005 Los Angeles Galaxy A W 1–0 27,000
20 August 6, 2005 Chicago Fire A W 3–2 14,478
21 August 10, 2005 MetroStars H W 3–0 11,883
22 August 13, 2005 Chivas USA H W 3–0 16,169
23 August 20, 2005 Los Angeles Galaxy H L 2–3 16,863
24 August 27, 2005 New England Revolution A L 1–2 18,049
25 August 31, 2005 Real Salt Lake A W 5–1 11,455
26 September 3, 2005 Colorado Rapids A L 0–1 17,044
27 September 10, 2005 FC Dallas A W 2–1 1,308

Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 2005 MLS Cup Playoffs
Round Leg Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance Ref
Conf. SF 1 October 21, 2005 Chicago Fire A T 0–0
2 October 30, 2005 H L 0–4 20,089

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance Ref
R4 August 3, 2005 Richmond Kickers A W 3–1 Adu, Gómez (2) 8,412 [12]
QF August 24, 2005 FC Dallas H L 1–1
(1–4 pen.)
Gómez 4,258 [13]

League standings[edit]

Conference[edit]

      Eastern Conference regular season champion2
      Qualify for 2005 MLS Cup Playoffs

Pos Club GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 New England Revolution 32 17 7 8 55 37 18 59
2 D.C. United 32 16 10 6 58 37 21 54
3 Chicago Fire 32 15 13 4 49 50 -1 49
4 MetroStars 32 12 9 11 53 49 4 47
5 Kansas City Wizards 32 11 9 12 52 44 8 45
6 Columbus Crew 32 11 16 5 34 45 -11 38
1Earns top-seed in MLS Cup Playoffs

Overall[edit]

      MLS Supporters' Shield, Western Conference regular season champion1
      Eastern Conference regular season champion2
      Qualify for 2005 MLS Cup Playoffs

Pos Club GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 San Jose Earthquakes 32 18 4 10 53 31 22 64
2 New England Revolution 32 17 7 8 55 37 18 59
3 D.C. United 32 16 10 6 58 37 21 54
4 Chicago Fire 32 15 13 4 49 50 -1 49
5 FC Dallas 32 13 10 9 52 44 8 48
6 MetroStars 32 12 9 11 53 49 4 47
7 Kansas City Wizards 32 11 9 12 52 44 8 45
8 Colorado Rapids 32 13 13 6 40 37 3 45
9 Los Angeles Galaxy 32 13 13 6 44 45 -1 45
10 Columbus Crew 32 11 16 5 34 45 -11 38
11 Real Salt Lake 32 5 22 5 30 65 -35 20
12 Chivas USA 32 4 22 6 31 67 -36 18
Notes
  • Note 1: The San Jose Earthquakes earn the top-seed in the Western Conference bracket of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
  • Note 2: The Columbus Crew earn the top-seed in the Eastern Conference bracket of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Player details[edit]

Sources:[14][15]

No. Pos Nat Player Total MLS MLS Cup Playoffs CONCACAF
Champions' Cup
U.S. Open Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK United States Troy Perkins 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
2 DF United States David Stokes 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
4 DF United States Brandon Prideaux 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
5 DF Argentina Facundo Erpen 0 1 0+0 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
6 MF United States Nick Van Sicklen 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
9 FW United States Freddy Adu 0 4 0+0 4 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
10 MF Argentina Christian Gomez 0 12 0+0 11 0+0 0 0+0 1 0+0 0
11 FW United States Alecko Eskandarian 0 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 1
13 DF United States Tim Merritt 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
14 MF United States Ben Olsen 0 2 0+0 2 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
15 DF United States Kenny Arena 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
16 MF United States Brian Carroll 0 1 0+0 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
17 MF United States Joshua Gros 0 5 0+0 4 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 1
18 GK United States Nick Rimando 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
19 MF United States Clyde Simms 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
21 MF Ukraine Dema Kovalenko 0 4 0+0 4 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
22 FW United States Jason Thompson 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
23 MF United States Jamil Walker 0 3 0+0 2 0+0 0 0+0 1 0+0 0
24 MF Ghana Nana Kuffour 0 1 0+0 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
25 FW United States Santino Quaranta 0 5 0+0 5 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
26 DF United States Bryan Namoff 0 1 0+0 1 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
27 DF United States John Wilson 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
28 DF United States Shawn Kuykendall 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
29 FW United States Matt Nickell 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
30 GK United States Andrew Weber 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
31 MF Jamaica Stephen deRoux 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
32 DF United States Bobby Boswell 0 3 0+0 3 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
99 FW Bolivia Jaime Moreno 0 17 0+0 16 0+0 0 0+0 1 0+0 0

Transfers[edit]

All transactions sourced to: "MLSnet.com: Transactions". Major League Soccer. D.C. United. April 3, 2005. Archived from the original on February 6, 2006. Retrieved August 25, 2011. 

In[edit]

Date Pos Name From Fee/Notes Ref.
January 14, 2005 MF Nick Van Sicklen Wisconsin Badgers Drafted in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft second round [16]
January 14, 2005 DF Tim Merritt North Carolina Tar Heels Drafted in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft fourth round [16]
February 4, 2005 FW Matt Nickell Drake Bulldogs Drafted in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft first round [17]
February 4, 2005 GK Andrew Terris Stanford Cardinal Drafted in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft third round [17]
February 4, 2005 MF Shawn Kuykendall American Eagles Drafted in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft fourth round [17]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee/Notes Ref.
November 19, 2004 MF Ezra Hendrickson Chivas USA Acquired through 2004 MLS Expansion Draft [18]
November 19, 2004 FW Thiago Martins Chivas USA Acquired through 2004 MLS Expansion Draft [18]
November 19, 2004 MF Kevin Ara Real Salt Lake Acquired through 2004 MLS Expansion Draft [18]
January 20, 2005 MF Doug Warren New England Revolution Traded for fourth round pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft
April 4, 2005 POS Tim Laweson No club Waived
May 23, 2005 DF Mike Petke Colorado Rapids Traded for Chris Henderson
May 24, 2005 MF Chris Henderson Columbus Crew Traded to Columbus for partial allocation money
May 24, 2005 GK Andrew Terris None Released


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