2009 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
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Country United States
Teams 8
Defending champions Columbus Crew
Champions Real Salt Lake (1st title)
Runners-up Los Angeles Galaxy
Semi-finalists
Matches played 11
Goals scored 21 (1.91 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) United States Landon Donovan
United States Robbie Findley

(3 goals each)

The 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs is the postseason to Major League Soccer's 2009 season. MLS Cup 2009 concluded the season on November 22, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. Real Salt Lake won the Cup in penalties over the L.A. Galaxy.

Format[edit]

Main article: MLS Cup Playoffs

At the 2009 season's end, the top two teams of each conference made the playoffs; in addition the clubs with the next four 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.[1]

Standings[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew 49 30 13 7 10 41 31 +10
2 Chicago Fire 45 30 11 7 12 39 34 +5
3 New England Revolution 42 30 11 10 9 33 37 −4
4 D.C. United 40 30 9 8 13 43 44 −1
5 Toronto FC 39 30 10 11 9 37 46 −9
6 Kansas City Wizards 33 30 8 13 9 33 42 −9
7 New York Red Bulls 21 30 5 19 6 27 47 −20
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)



Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 48 30 12 6 12 36 31 +5
2 Houston Dynamo 48 30 13 8 9 39 29 +10
3 Seattle Sounders FC 47 30 12 7 11 38 29 +9
4 Chivas USA 45 30 13 11 6 34 31 +3
5 Real Salt Lake 40 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8
6 Colorado Rapids 40 30 10 10 10 42 38 +4
7 FC Dallas 39 30 11 13 6 50 47 +4
8 San Jose Earthquakes 30 30 7 14 9 36 50 −14
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
2009 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) 49 30 13 7 10 41 31 +10 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 LA Galaxy (W1) 48 30 12 6 12 36 31 +5 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2
3 Houston Dynamo 48 30 13 8 9 39 29 +10 2010 North American SuperLiga 3
4 Seattle Sounders FC 47 30 12 7 11 38 29 +9 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2
5 Chicago Fire 45 30 11 7 12 39 34 +5 2010 North American SuperLiga 3
6 Chivas USA 45 30 13 11 6 34 31 +3
7 New England Revolution 42 30 11 10 9 33 37 −4
8 Real Salt Lake 40 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
9 Colorado Rapids 40 30 10 10 10 42 38 +4
10 D.C. United 40 30 9 8 13 43 44 −1
11 FC Dallas 39 30 11 13 6 50 47 +3
12 Toronto FC 39 30 10 11 9 37 46 −9 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 1
13 Kansas City Wizards 33 30 8 13 9 33 42 −9
14 San Jose Earthquakes 30 30 7 14 9 36 50 −14
15 New York Red Bulls 21 30 5 19 6 27 47 −20

Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2009
                             


E1  Columbus 0 2  
E4  Salt Lake 1 3  
  E4  Salt Lake (AET) (PEN) (0)5  
Eastern Conference
  E2  Chicago (0)4  
E3  New England 2 0
E2  Chicago 1 2  
  E4  Salt Lake (AET) (PEN) (1)5
  W1  Los Angeles (1)4
W1  Los Angeles 2 1  
W4  Chivas USA 2 0  
  W1  Los Angeles (AET) 2
Western Conference
  W2  Houston 0  
W3  Seattle 0 0
W2  Houston (AET) 0 1  

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

Conference Semifinals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

October 31, 2009
4:30PM MDT
Columbus Crew 0 – 1 Real Salt Lake
Carroll YC 19' Report YC 38' Beckerman
Goal 88' Findley
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Attendance: 11,499
Referee: Mark Geiger

November 5, 2009
8:00PM EST
Real Salt Lake 3 – 2 Columbus Crew
Morales Goal 37'
Findley Goal 45+2' (pen.)
Olave YC 68'
Williams Goal 77'
Report Goal 17'35' Barros Schelotto
YC 48' O'Rourke
YC 59' Moreno
Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 10,109
Referee: Silviu Petrescu

Real Salt Lake advances 4–2 on aggregate.


November 1, 2009
2:00PM EST
Chicago Fire 1 – 2 New England Revolution
Rolfe Goal 17'
Husidic YC 90+3'
Report[permanent dead link] YC 41' Alston
Goal 45+1' Osei
Goal 75' Joseph
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 7,416
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

November 7, 2009
7:30PM CST
New England Revolution 0 – 2 Chicago Fire
Mansally YC 17'
Jankauskas YC 36'
Larentowicz YC 85'
Report[permanent dead link] Goal 35' Thorrington
Goal 83' Blanco
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 21,528
Referee: Alex Prus

Chicago Fire advances 3–2 on aggregate.

Western Conference[edit]

November 1, 2009
8:00PM PST
Los Angeles Galaxy 2 – 2 Chivas USA
Magee Goal 14'
Birchall YC 27'
Donovan Goal 41'
Report Goal 4' Santos
Goal 50' Galindo
YC 81' Saragosa
Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 25,218
Referee: Kevin Stott

November 8, 2009
4:30PM PST
Chivas USA 0 – 1 Los Angeles Galaxy
Talley YC 39'
Thornton YC 72'
Nagamura YC 79'
Cuesta YC 79'
Kljestan YC 90'
Report YC 60' Franklin
Goal 73' (pen.) Donovan
Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Los Angeles Galaxy advances 3–2 on aggregate.


October 29, 2009
7:00PM PDT
Houston Dynamo 0 – 0 Seattle Sounders FC
Onstad YC 16'
Mullan YC 71'
Chabala YC 75'
Report YC 16' Montero
YC 64' Alonso
YC 68' Evans
Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington
Attendance: 35,807
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

November 8, 2009
3:00PM CST
Seattle Sounders FC 0 – 1
(a.e.t.)
Houston Dynamo
Marshall YC 24'
Riley Red card 120'
Ljungberg YC 120'
Report YC 44' Chabala
YC 93' Cameron
Goal 96' Ching
Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 27,465
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez

Houston Dynamo advances 1–0 on aggregate.

Conference Finals[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

November 14, 2009
7:00PM CST
Real Salt Lake 0 – 0
(a.e.t.)
Chicago Fire
Morales YC 39'
Wingert YC 75'
Beckerman YC 99'
Johnson YC 110'
Report Thorrington YC 92'
Prideaux YC 101'
Blanco YC 116'
  Penalties  
Mathis Penalty scored
Morales Penalty missed
Findley Penalty scored
Beckerman Penalty scored
Johnson Penalty scored
Espíndola Penalty missed
Grabavoy Penalty scored
5 – 4 Penalty scored Blanco
Penalty scored McBride
Penalty scored Conde
Penalty missed Thorrington
Penalty scored Brown
Penalty missed Pause
Penalty missed Prideaux
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
Attendance: 21,723
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Real Salt Lake advances 5–4 on penalties.

Western Conference[edit]

November 13, 2009
8:00PM PST
Houston Dynamo 0 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Los Angeles Galaxy
Mullan YC 26'
Boswell YC 111'
Landín YC 119'
Report YC 77' Kovalenko
YC 89' Donovan
Goal 103' Berhalter
Goal 109' (pen.) Donovan
Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 25,373
Referee: Terry Vaughn

Los Angeles Galaxy advances.

MLS Cup[edit]

See also: MLS Cup 2009

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 MLS Playoff Guide" (PDF) (Press release). MLSNet.com. Retrieved 2009-10-29.