2008 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
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Country United States
Teams 8
Defending champions Houston Dynamo
Champions Columbus Crew (1st title)
Runners-up New York Red Bulls
Semi-finalists
Matches played 11
Goals scored 25 (2.27 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel
United States Chad Marshall

United States John Wolyniec
(2 goals each)

The 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs were the postseason to Major League Soccer's 2008 season, and culminated with MLS Cup 2008 on November 23, 2008 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Format[edit]

Main article: MLS Cup Playoffs

At the 2008 season's end, the top three teams of each conference made the playoffs; in addition the clubs with the next two highest point totals, regardless of conference, were added to the playoffs. In the first round of this knockout tournament, aggregate goals over two matches determined the winners; the Conference Championships were one match each, with the winner of each conference advancing to MLS Cup. In all rounds, the tie-breaking method was two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. The away goals rule was not used.

Standings[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew 57 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14
2 Chicago Fire 46 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11
3 New England Revolution 43 30 12 11 7 40 43 –3
4 Kansas City Wizards 42 30 11 10 9 37 39 –2
5 New York Red Bulls 39 30 10 11 9 42 48 –6
6 D.C. United 37 30 11 15 4 43 51 –8
7 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 34 43 –9
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)


Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Houston Dynamo 51 30 13 5 12 45 32 +13
2 Chivas USA 43 30 12 11 7 40 41 –1
3 Real Salt Lake 40 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1
4 Colorado Rapids 38 30 11 14 5 44 45 –1
5 FC Dallas 36 30 8 10 12 45 41 +4
6 LA Galaxy 33 30 8 13 9 55 62 –7
7 San Jose Earthquakes 33 30 8 13 9 32 38 –6
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2008 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)


Overall standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 Columbus Crew (SS) (E1) 57 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Houston Dynamo (W1) 51 30 13 5 12 45 32 +13
3 Chicago Fire 46 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11 2009 North American SuperLiga 4
4 New England Revolution 43 30 12 11 7 40 43 −3
5 Chivas USA 43 30 12 11 7 40 41 −1
6 Kansas City Wizards 42 30 11 10 9 37 39 −2
7 Real Salt Lake 40 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
8 New York Red Bulls 39 30 10 11 9 42 48 −6 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 3
9 Colorado Rapids 38 30 11 14 5 44 45 −1
10 D.C. United 37 30 11 15 4 43 51 −8 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 3
11 FC Dallas 36 30 8 10 12 45 41 +4
12 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 34 43 −9
13 LA Galaxy 33 30 8 13 9 55 62 −7
14 San Jose Earthquakes 33 30 8 13 9 32 38 −6
  • ^Note 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 not already qualified would have qualified.
  • ^Note 4 - SuperLiga 2009 berths are awarded to the top 4 finishing teams from MLS who do not qualify for Champions League (Chicago, New England, Chivas USA and Kansas City).


Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2008
                             


E1  Columbus 1 2  
E4  Kansas City 1 0  
  E1  Columbus 2  
Eastern Conference
  E2  Chicago 1  
E3  New England 0 0
E2  Chicago 0 3  
  E1  Columbus 3
  W4  New York 1
W1  Houston 1 0  
W4  New York 1 3  
  W4  New York 1
Western Conference
  W3  Salt Lake 0  
W3  Salt Lake 1 2
W2  Chivas USA 0 2  

1 The New York Red Bulls 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]

November 1, 2008
7:00 PM CDT
Columbus Crew 1 – 1 Kansas City Wizards
Padula YC 84'
Lenhart Goal 90+2'
Carroll YC 90+3'
[1] Jewsbury YC 40'
Arnaud Goal 53'
Gomez Red card 75'
Community America Ballpark, Kansas City, Kansas
Attendance: 10,385
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

November 8, 2008
7:30 PM EST
Kansas City Wizards 0 – 2 Columbus Crew
Arnaud YC 39'
Wahl YC 49'
[2] Evans Goal 7' YC 63'
Rogers Goal 57' YC 66'
Hejduk YC 87'
Ekpo YC 90'

October 30, 2008
7:30 PM EDT
Chicago Fire 0 – 0 New England Revolution
Soumare YC 16'
Pause YC 59'
Blanco YC 69'
[3] Mansally YC 42'
Castro YC 73'
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 5,221
Referee: Alex Prus

November 6, 2008
7:30 PM CST
New England Revolution 0 – 3 Chicago Fire
Albright YC 7' Yellow cardRed card 83'
Igwe YC 45+2'
Joseph YC 53'
[4] Thorrington YC 36'
Rolfe Goal 45+2'
Conde Goal 47'
Busch YC 62'
Segares Goal 74'
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 17,312
Referee: Jair Marrufo

November 1, 2008
4:00 PM EDT
Houston Dynamo 1 – 1 New York Red Bulls
Mullan YC 53'
Kamara Goal 85'
[5] Richards YC 29'
Angel YC 37' Goal 48'
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 11,578
Referee: Kevin Stott

November 9, 2008
2:00 PM CST
New York Red Bulls 3 – 0 Houston Dynamo
van den Bergh YC 5'
Richards Goal 25'
Goldthwaite YC 28'
Angel Goal 36' (pen.)
Sassano YC 45+2'
Wolyniec Goal 81'
[6] Robinson YC 62'
Onstad YC 69'
Mullan YC 73'
Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 30,053
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

November 1, 2008
4:00 PM MDT
Chivas USA 0 – 1 Real Salt Lake
Razov YC 66'
Thomas YC 75'
[7] Williams YC 29'
Beckerman YC 42'
Movsisyan Goal 90'
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Attendance: 14,719
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

November 8, 2008
7:30 PM PST
Real Salt Lake 2 – 2 Chivas USA
Mathis YC 10'
Borchers YC 30'
Kovalenko Goal 39' YC 42'
Morales Goal 77'
[8] Nagamura YC 22'
Kljestan Goal 30' (pen.)
Bornstein YC 60'
Braun Goal 83'
Razov YC 86'
Thomas YC 90+1'

Conference finals[edit]

November 13, 2008
7:30PM EST
Chicago Fire 1–2 Columbus Crew
Soumare YC 22'
McBride Goal 29'
Segares YC 48'
Prideaux YC 67'
[9] Marshall Goal 49'
Gaven Goal 55'
O'Rourke YC 57'
Hesmer YC 90+2'
Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 14,688
Referee: Terry Vaughn

November 15, 2008
7:30PM MST
New York Red Bulls 1–0 Real Salt Lake
van den Bergh Goal 28'
Goldthwaite YC 45'
Rojas YC 64'
Leitch YC 90+4'
[10]
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Attendance: 20,008
Referee: Jair Marrufo

MLS Cup[edit]

See also: MLS Cup 2008

November 23, 2008
12:30 PM PST
New York Red Bulls 1–3 Columbus Crew
Leitch YC 4'
Wolyniec Goal 51'
Moreno Goal 31'
Marshall Goal 53'
Padula YC 68'
Hejduk Goal 82'
Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

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