2007 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2007 MLS Cup Playoffs
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Country United States
Teams 8
Defending champions Houston Dynamo
Champions Houston Dynamo (2nd title)
Runners-up New England Revolution
Semi-finalists
Matches played 11
Goals scored 19 (1.73 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) United States Taylor Twellman
(3 goals)

The 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs was the postseason to Major League Soccer's 2007 season, and it concluded with MLS Cup 2007 on November 18, 2007 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.. The Houston Dynamo were victorious for the second season in a row, defeating the New England Revolution in the Final, also for the second year in a row.

Format[edit]

At season's end, the top two teams of each conference will make the playoffs; in addition, the next four highest point totals, regardless of conference, will also be in the playoffs. In the first round of this knockout tournament, aggregate goals over two matches determine the winners; the Conference Championships are one match each, with the winner of each conference advancing to MLS Cup. In all rounds, draws will be broken with two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. The away goals rule is not used.

Standings[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 D.C. United 55 30 16 7 7 56 34 +22
2 New England Revolution 50 30 14 8 8 51 43 +8
3 New York Red Bulls 43 30 12 11 7 47 45 +2
4 Chicago Fire 40 30 10 10 10 31 36 –5
5 Kansas City Wizards 40 30 11 12 7 45 45 0
6 Columbus Crew 37 30 9 11 10 39 44 –5
7 Toronto FC[1] 25 30 6 17 7 25 49 –24
Western Conference
Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Chivas USA 53 30 15 7 8 46 28 +18
2 Houston Dynamo 52 30 15 8 7 43 23 +20
3 FC Dallas 44 30 13 12 5 37 44 –7
4 Colorado Rapids 35 30 9 13 8 29 34 –5
5 Los Angeles Galaxy 34 30 9 14 7 38 48 –10
6 Real Salt Lake 27 30 6 15 9 31 45 –14
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  • ^1 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team.
    If they had qualified for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team in the Eastern Conference not already qualified would have qualified.

Overall standings[edit]

Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 D.C. United (E1) 55 30 16 7 7 56 34 +22
2 Chivas USA (W1) 53 30 15 7 8 46 28 +18
3 Houston Dynamo[2] (W2) 52 30 15 8 7 43 23 +20
4 New England Revolution[3] (E2) 50 30 14 8 8 51 43 +8
5 FC Dallas 44 30 13 12 5 37 44 –7
6 New York Red Bulls 43 30 12 11 7 47 45 +2
7 Chicago Fire 40 30 10 10 10 31 36 –5
8 Kansas City Wizards 40 30 11 12 7 45 45 0
9 Columbus Crew 37 30 9 11 10 39 44 –5
10 Colorado Rapids 35 30 9 13 8 29 34 –5
11 Los Angeles Galaxy 34 30 9 14 7 38 48 –10
12 Real Salt Lake 27 30 6 15 9 31 45 –14
13 Toronto FC[4] 25 30 6 17 7 25 49 –24
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2008, SuperLiga 2008, CONCACAF Champions League 2008-09[5]
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  • ^2 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS. Rather, they can qualify through the Canadian Championship.
    If they had qualified for the Champions League through MLS, then the highest placed team not already qualified would have qualified.
  • ^3 - Additional Champions League berths were awarded to the winner (Houston) and runner-up (New England) of MLS Cup 2007.
    The winner of the 2007 U.S. Open Cup (New England) also qualified.
    Because New England qualified twice, an additional berth was awarded to the 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield runner-up (Chivas USA).

Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2007
                             


E1 D.C. 0 2  
WC Chicago 1 2  
  WC Chicago 0  
Eastern Conference
  E2 New England 1  
WC New York 0 0
E2 New England 0 1  
  E2 New England 1
  W2 Houston 2
W1 Chivas USA 0 0  
WC Kansas City1 1 0  
  WC Kansas City 0
Western Conference
  W2 Houston 2  
WC Dallas 1 1
W2 Houston (aet) 0 4  

1 The Kansas City Wizards earned the eighth and final playoff berth, despite finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference. They represent the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket, as only three teams in the Western Conference qualified for the playoffs.

Conference semifinals[edit]

October 25, 2007
7:30 CDT
D.C. United 0–1 Chicago Fire
Carroll YC 22'
Moreno YC 86'
Report Gutierrez YC 12'
Rolfe Goal 14'
Brown YC 51'
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 17,834
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

November 1, 2007
7:30 EDT
Chicago Fire 2–2 D.C. United
Barrett Goal 31'
Rolfe Goal 33'
Segares YC 54'
Pickens YC 90+3'
Report McTavish YC 61'
Perkins YC 63'
Simms Goal 69'
Gomez Goal 74'
Dyachenko Red card 90+4'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 19,438
Referee: Jair Marrufo

October 27, 2007
7:30 EDT
New England Revolution 0–0 New York Red Bulls
Parkhurst YC 73'
John YC 85'
Report Parke YC 83'
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 14,165
Referee: Jair Marrufo

November 3, 2007
7:30 EDT
New York Red Bulls 0–1 New England Revolution
Vide YC 34' Report Joseph YC 31'
Thompson YC 50'
Twellman Goal 64'
Smith YC 73'
Twellman YC 80'
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 10,116
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja

October 27, 2007
7:00 CDT
Chivas USA 0–1 Kansas City Wizards
Zotinca YC 45+1' Report Arnaud Goal 35'
Harrington YC 44'
Garcia YC 54'
Zavagnin YC 88'
Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 12,442
Referee: Alex Prus

November 3, 2007
7:30 PDT
Kansas City Wizards 0–0 Chivas USA
Johnson YC 65' Report Marsch YC 19'
Mendoza YC 53'
Núñez YC 62'
Bornstein YC 89'
Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 19,711
Referee: Mark Geiger

October 27, 2007
7:00 CDT
Houston Dynamo 0–1 FC Dallas
Cochrane YC 26' Report Ruíz YC 19'
Goodson Goal 23'
Ricchetti YC 58'
Oduro YC 79'
Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas
Attendance: 12,537
Referee: Kevin Stott

November 2, 2007
7:30 CDT
FC Dallas 1–4 (A.E.T.) Houston Dynamo
Ruíz Goal 14'
Sala YC 24'
Denílson YC 39'
C Gbandi YC 44'
Alvarez Red card 47'
Serioux YC 78'
Moor YC 99'
Moor Yellow cardRed card 119'
Ricchetti YC 120'
Report Mulrooney YC 28'
Robinson YC 40'
Holden Goal 67'
Ching Goal 72'
Ching Goal 97'
Onstad YC 98'
Davis Goal 100'
De Rosario YC 109'
Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 30,088
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Conference finals[edit]


November 10, 2007
7:30 CST
Kansas City Wizards 0–2 Houston Dynamo
Garcia YC 55'
Marinelli YC 58'
Arnaud YC 93'
Jaqua Goal 35'
Jaqua YC 41'
De Rosario Goal 81'
Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 30,972
Referee: Jair Marrufo

Final[edit]

November 18, 2007
12:00 EST
New England Revolution 1–2 Houston Dynamo
Twellman Goal 20'
Smith YC 65'
Barrett YC 57'
Ngwenya Goal 61'
De Rosario Goal 74'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 39,859
Referee: Alex Prus

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