2008 in American soccer

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Soccer in the United States
Season 2008
Supporters' Shield Columbus Crew
MLS Cup Columbus Crew
2007 United States 2009

The 2008 season was the 96th year of competitive soccer in the United States.

National team[edit]

Men[edit]

Senior[edit]

Wins Losses Draws
9 3 2

The home team or the team that is designated as the home team is listed in the left column; the away team is in the right column.

  Win   Draw   Loss

Women[edit]

Senior[edit]

Wins Losses Draws
33 1 2

The United States Women's National Soccer Team was coached by Pia Sundhage.

Four Nations Tournament[edit]
Algarve Cup[edit]
2008 Olympic Qualifying[edit]
International Friendlies[edit]
Peace Queen Cup[edit]
International Friendlies[edit]
2008 Beijing Olympics[edit]
International Friendlies[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Table[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).


Playoffs[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2008
                             


E1 Columbus Crew 1 2  
E4 Kansas City Wizards 1 0  
  E1 Columbus Crew 2  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Chicago Fire 1  
E3 New England Revolution 0 0
E2 Chicago Fire 0 3  
  E1 Columbus Crew 3
  W4 New York Red Bulls 1
W1 Houston Dynamo 1 0  
W4 New York Red Bulls1 1 3  
  W4 New York Red Bulls 1
Western Conference
  W3 Real Salt Lake 0  
W3 Real 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.

MLS Cup[edit]

USL First Division[edit]

Table[edit]

  Commissioner's Cup, bye to semifinal round of playoffs
  First round of playoffs

Pos Club Pts Pld W L T GF GA GD H2H Pts
1 Puerto Rico Islanders 54 30 15 6 9 43 23 +20
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 53 30 15 7 8 34 28 +6
3 Montreal Impact 42 30 12 12 6 33 28 +5
4 Rochester Rhinos 41 30 11 10 9 35 32 +3
5 Charleston Battery 40 30 11 12 7 34 36 −2 CHA: 4 pts
SEA: 4 pts
6 Seattle Sounders 40 30 10 10 10 37 36 +1
7 Minnesota Thunder 39 30 10 11 9 40 38 +2
8 Carolina RailHawks 37 30 9 11 10 34 43 −9
9 Miami FC 34 30 8 12 10 28 34 −6 MIA: 7 pts
ATL: 1 pt
10 Atlanta Silverbacks 34 30 8 12 10 37 50 −13
11 Portland Timbers 31 30 7 13 10 26 33 −7
Tie-breaker order: 1. Head-to-head points; 2. Total wins; 3. Goal difference; 4. Goals for; 5. Lottery


Rochester deducted 1 point for use of an ineligible player on August 10, 2008[1]

Playoffs[edit]

Teams will be re-seeded for semifinal matchups

First Round
September 26/28
Semifinals
October 3/5
Final
October 12
                             
1 Puerto Rico Islanders
bye
1 Puerto Rico Islanders (AET) 0 3 3
4 Rochester Rhinos 2 0 2
4 Rochester Rhinos 2 0 2
5 Charleston Battery 0 1 1
1 Puerto Rico Islanders 1
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 2
3 Montreal Impact 1 3 4
6 Seattle Sounders 2 1 3
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 0 2 2
3 Montreal Impact 1 0 1
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 2 3 5
7 Minnesota Thunder 0 4 4

Final[edit]

USL Second Division[edit]

Table[edit]

Place Team P W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Charlotte Eagles 20 13 2 5 45 15 +30 44
2 Richmond Kickers 20 14 4 2 48 20 +28 44
3 Cleveland City Stars 20 10 3 7 33 16 +17 37
4 Crystal Palace Baltimore 20 11 8 1 30 30 0 34
5 Harrisburg City Islanders 20 7 3 10 33 20 +13 31
6 Western Mass Pioneers 20 5 9 6 19 29 -10 20
7 Wilmington Hammerheads 20 4 9 7 32 33 -1 19
8 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 20 4 10 6 25 37 -12 18
9 Bermuda Hogges 20 5 13 2 21 50 -29 17
10 Real Maryland Monarchs 20 3 15 2 15 51 -36 10

Western Mass and Real Maryland deducted 1 point

Playoffs[edit]

  Quarterfinals
August 13
    Semifinals
August 16
    Final
August 23
                           
        1 Charlotte Eagles 2  
  4 Crystal Palace Baltimore (AET/PK) 2 (7)     4 Crystal Palace Baltimore 1    
  5 Harrisburg City Islanders 2 (6)         1 Charlotte Eagles 1
      3 Cleveland City Stars 2
        2 Richmond Kickers 0    
  3 Cleveland City Stars 4     3 Cleveland City Stars(AET) 1  
  6 Western Mass Pioneers 2  

Final[edit]

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Third Round
July 1
Quarterfinals
July 8
Semifinals
August 12
Final
September 3
                       
MLS D.C. United 2
USL-1 Rochester Rhinos 0
MLS D.C. United (aet) 2
MLS Chicago Fire 1
MLS Chicago Fire 4
USL-2 Cleveland City Stars 1
MLS D.C. United 3
MLS New England Revolution 1
MLS New England Revolution 3
USL-2 Richmond Kickers 0
MLS New England Revolution (p) 1 (5)
USL-2 Crystal Palace Baltimore 1 (3)
USL-2 Crystal Palace Baltimore 2
MLS New York Red Bulls 0
MLS D.C. United 2
USL-1 Charleston Battery 1
MLS FC Dallas 2
USL-1 Miami FC 1
MLS FC Dallas 1
USL-1 Charleston Battery 3
USL-1 Charleston Battery (p) 1 (4)
MLS Houston Dynamo 1 (3)
USL-1 Charleston Battery (p) 1 (4)
USL-1 Seattle Sounders 1 (3)
USL-1 Seattle Sounders 2
MLS Chivas USA 0
USL-1 Seattle Sounders (p) 0 (6)
MLS Kansas City Wizards 0 (5)
USL-1 Carolina RailHawks 2
MLS Kansas City Wizards (aet) 4

Final[edit]

September 3
19:30 UTC−04
Charleston Battery 1 – 2 D.C. United
Fuller Goal 10' (Report) Emilio Goal 4'
Fred Goal 50'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 8,212
Referee: Mark Geiger

American clubs in international competitions[edit]

Club Competition Final round
Houston Dynamo 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals
2008 North American SuperLiga Final
2008 Pan-Pacific Championship Final
New England Revolution 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round
2008 North American SuperLiga Winner
D.C. United 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage
2008 North American SuperLiga Group Stage
Chivas USA 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round
2008 North American SuperLiga Group Stage
Los Angeles Galaxy 2008 Pan-Pacific Championship Third Place

Houston Dynamo[edit]

New England Revolution[edit]

D.C. United[edit]

Chivas USA[edit]

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rhinos penalized for infraction". United Soccer Leagues. August 15, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.