2010 MLS Cup Playoffs

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2010 MLS Cup Playoffs
MLS Cup 2010 Playoffs logo.svg
Country United States
Canada
Teams 8
Defending champions Real Salt Lake
Champions Colorado Rapids (1st title)
Runners-up FC Dallas
Semi-finalists
Matches played 11
Goals scored 25 (2.27 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) United States Edson Buddle
United States Conor Casey

United States Bobby Convey
Colombia David Ferreira
(2 goals each)

The 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs was the postseason tournament subsequent to Major League Soccer's 2010 season.

The playoffs began on Oct. 30, with the Los Angeles Galaxy defeating the Seattle Sounders FC in the quarterfinal-round. Three weeks later, the Colorado Rapids defeated FC Dallas 2-1 in the Cup final at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario. It was Colorado's first title and second MLS Cup final appearance, and it was FC Dallas's first appearance in an MLS Cup final.

Of the eight MLS clubs to earn qualification into the tournament, only four of them qualified the season beforehand; Columbus Crew, Los Angeles Galaxy, Seattle Sounders FC, and the defending-champions, Real Salt Lake. The San Jose Earthquakes were making their first playoff appearance since 2005, Dallas' since 2007. It was Colorado's and New York Red Bulls's first time since 2008.

Format[edit]

At the 2010 season's end, the top two teams of each conference advanced to the playoffs; in addition the clubs with the next six highest point totals, regardless of conference, were also added to the playoffs. In the first round of the knockout tournament, aggregate (total) goals over two matches would determine the winners; the Conference Championships would be one match each, with the winner of each conference advancing to MLS Cup. In all rounds, the tie-breaking method would be two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. The away goals rule would not be used.[1]

Standings[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 New York Red Bulls 51 30 15 9 6 38 29  +9
2 Columbus Crew 50 30 14 8 8 40 34  +6
3 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35  +1
4 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38  −1
5 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 33 41  −8
6 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50  −18
7 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49  −14
8 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47  −26
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Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 59 30 18 7 5 44 26  +18
2 Real Salt Lake 56 30 15 4 11 45 20  +25
3 FC Dallas 50 30 12 4 14 42 28  +14
4 Seattle Sounders FC 48 30 14 10 6 39 35  +4
5 Colorado Rapids 46 30 12 8 10 44 32  +12
6 San Jose Earthquakes 46 30 13 10 7 34 33  +1
7 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49  −9
8 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45  −14
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Overall standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 LA Galaxy (SS) (W1) 59 30 18 7 5 44 26 +18 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Real Salt Lake 56 30 15 4 11 45 20 +25 2011 North American SuperLiga 3
3 New York Red Bulls (E1) 51 30 15 9 6 38 29 +9
4 FC Dallas 50 30 12 4 14 42 28 +14 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2
5 Columbus Crew 50 30 14 8 8 40 34 +6 2011 North American SuperLiga 3
6 Seattle Sounders FC 48 30 14 10 6 39 35 +4 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2
7 Colorado Rapids 46 30 12 8 10 44 32 +12 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
8 San Jose Earthquakes 46 30 13 10 7 34 33 +1 2011 North American SuperLiga 3
9 Kansas City Wizards 39 30 11 13 6 36 35 +1
10 Chicago Fire 36 30 9 12 9 37 38 −1
11 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 33 41 −8 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 1
12 Houston Dynamo 33 30 9 15 6 40 49 −9
13 New England Revolution 32 30 9 16 5 32 50 −18
14 Philadelphia Union 31 30 8 15 7 35 49 −14
15 Chivas USA 28 30 8 18 4 31 45 −14
16 D.C. United 22 30 6 20 4 21 47 −26

Bracket[edit]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2010
                             


E1 New York 1 1  
E4 San Jose 0 3  
  E4 San Jose 0  
Eastern Conference
  E3 Colorado 1  
E2 Columbus 0 2
E3 Colorado (5–4, PSO) 1 1  
  E3 Colorado 2
  W3 Dallas 1
W1 Los Angeles 1 2  
W4 Seattle 0 1  
  W1 Los Angeles 0
Western Conference
  W3 Dallas 3  
W2 Salt Lake 1 1
W3 Dallas 2 1  


Conference Semifinals[edit]

October 30, 2010
7:00PM PDT
New York Red Bulls 1–0 San Jose Earthquakes
Ballouchy YC 46'
Lindpere Goal 56'
Miller YC 71'
Coundoul YC 83'
Report Wondolowski YC 65'
Buck Shaw Stadium
Santa Clara, California

Attendance: 10,525
Referee: Paul Ward

November 4, 2010
8:00PM EDT
San Jose Earthquakes 3–1 New York Red Bulls
Corrales YC 32'
Convey Goal 8'76'
Wondolowski Goal 81'
Busch YC 81'
Report Ángel Goal 78'
Red Bull Arena
Harrison, New Jersey

Attendance: 22,839
Referee: Mark Geiger

San Jose Earthquakes advance 3–2 on aggregate


November 6, 2010
4:00PM EDT
Colorado Rapids 1–2 Columbus Crew
Mullan YC 38'
Casey YC 48'
Casey Goal 84'
Report Gaven Goal 22'
Schelotto YC 31'
Ekpo YC 52'
Carroll YC 56'
Francis YC 64'
RogersGoal 70'
Rogers YC 70'
  Penalties  
Casey Penalty scored
Kandji Penalty scored
Larentowicz Penalty scored
Lopez Penalty scored
Baudet Penalty scored
5–4 Penalty scored Schelotto
Penalty scored Garey
Penalty scored Gaven
Penalty scored Brunner
Penalty missed Carroll
Columbus Crew Stadium
Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 10,322
Referee: Michael Kennedy

Colorado Rapids advance 5–4 on penalties


October 30, 2010
4:00PM CDT
Real Salt Lake 1–2 FC Dallas
Espindola Goal 5'
Williams YC 46'
Morales Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 49', 69'
Report Benitez YC 25'
Cunningham Goal 44'
Hernandez YC 49'
Harris Red card 75'
Avila Goal 88'
Pizza Hut Park
Frisco, Texas

Attendance: 11,003
Referee: Kevin Stott

November 6, 2010
8:00PM MDT
FC Dallas 1–1 Real Salt Lake
McCarty Goal 17'
Chavez YC 27'
Loyd YC 84'
Report Olave YC 25'
Grabavoy YC 29'
Borchers YC 34'
Findley Goal 79'
Rio Tinto Stadium
Sandy, Utah

Attendance: 19,324
Referee: Jorge González

FC Dallas advance 3–2 on aggregate


October 31, 2010
5:00PM PDT
Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 Seattle Sounders FC
Buddle Goal 38'
Juninho YC 48'
Kovalenko YC 65'
Kirovski YC 82'
Report Montero YC 49'
Nkufo YC 90+4'
Qwest Field
Seattle, Washington

Attendance: 35,521
Referee: Alex Prus

November 7, 2010
6:00PM PST
Seattle Sounders FC 1–2 Los Angeles Galaxy
Ianni YC 65'
Zakuani Goal 86'
Report Beckham YC 8'
Buddle Goal 19'
Gonzalez Goal 27'
Home Depot Center
Carson, California

Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 3–1 on aggregate

Conference Finals[edit]

November 13, 2010
7:30PM MST
San Jose Earthquakes 0–1 Colorado Rapids
Report Kimura Goal 42'
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Commerce City, Colorado

Attendance: 17,779
Referee: Jorge González

November 14, 2010
6:00PM PST
FC Dallas 3–0 Los Angeles Galaxy
Ferreira Goal 26'
John Goal 54'
Chavez Goal 73'
Loyd YC 85'
Report Kovalenko YC 31'
Beckham YC 73'
Birchall YC 82'
Cazumba YC 84'
Home Depot Center
Carson, California

Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Jair Marrufo

MLS Cup 2010[edit]

November 21, 2010
8:30PM EST
FC Dallas 1 – 2 (a.e.t.) Colorado Rapids
Ferreira Goal 35'
Benitez YC 84'
Report Wallace YC 41'
Smith YC 51'
Casey Goal 57'
Casey YC 84'
John Goal 106' (o.g.)
BMO Field
Toronto, Ontario

Attendance: 21,700
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2010-10-29.