2002 Major League Soccer season

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2002 Major League Soccer season
Season2002
MLS Cup Los Angeles Galaxy (1st title)
Supporters' Shield Los Angeles Galaxy (2nd shield)
Matches played140
Goals scored421 (3.01 per match)
Top goalscorer Carlos Ruiz
Los Angeles Galaxy
Goals: 24
Highest attendance Colorado Rapids
Season: 289,663
Game Avg.: 20,690
Lowest attendance San Jose Earthquakes
Season: 156,104
Game Avg.: 11,150
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,215,019
Game Avg.: 15,822
2001
2003
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D.C.
United
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MetroStars
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Columbus Crew
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New England Revolution
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Chicago
Fire
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Colorado Rapids
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Dallas
Burn
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Los Angeles Galaxy
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Kansas City Wizards
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San Jose Earthquakes
Locations of teams for the 2002 Major League Soccer season
ButtonRed.svg Western Conference   ButtonBlue.svg Eastern Conference

The 2002 Major League Soccer season was the seventh season of competition for Major League Soccer.

Contents

On January 8, 2002, MLS folded two of its teams. The Miami Fusion F.C. ceased operations after only four years in existence due to low attendance and an unfavorable stadium deal. The Tampa Bay Mutiny also ceased operations due to the lack of local ownership. MLS eliminated the Central Division and returned to its original two-conference alignment.

According to FC Dallas president Dan Hunt, the entire league nearly folded during the 2001 offseason. [1] The owners agreed to shut down the league on a conference call in November 2001, but within two days Lamar Hunt convinced the other owners to give the league another year.

Standings

Conference

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
y – New England Revolution 28121424949038
x – Columbus Crew 28111254443+138
x – Chicago Fire 28111344338+537
MetroStars 28111524147–635
D.C. United 2891453140–932
Western Conference GP* W L D GF GA GD Pts
s – Los Angeles Galaxy 2816934433+1151
x – San Jose Earthquakes 28141134535+1045
x – Dallas Burn 2812974443+143
x – Colorado Rapids 28131144348–543
x – Kansas City Wizards 2891093745–836

Overall

Pos Club GP W L T GF GA GD Pts QualificationHead-to-head
1 Los Angeles Galaxy (SS)(W1)2816934433+1151 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup, 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2003 U.S. Open Cup
2 San Jose Earthquakes 28141134535+1045 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup 1 , 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2003 U.S. Open Cup
3 Dallas Burn 2812974443+143 2002 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2003 U.S. Open Cup DAL: 7 pts
COL: 4 pts
4 Colorado Rapids 28131144348–543
5 New England Revolution (E1)28121424949038NE: 7 pts
CLB: 4 pts
6 Columbus Crew 28111254443+138
7 Chicago Fire 28111344338+537
8 Kansas City Wizards 2891093745-836
9 MetroStars 2 28111524147–635
10 D.C. United 2 2891453140–932

Source: MLSSoccer.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head record; 3rd goal difference; 4th number of goals scored.
(SS) = MLS Supporters' Shield; (E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (W1) = Western Conference champion
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff-contention.

MLS Cup Playoffs

Bracket

Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2002
             
1 Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* (6 Points)3*1 5
8 Kansas City Wizards (3 Points)2 42
1 Los Angeles Galaxy (6 Points)41x
5 Colorado Rapids (0 Points)0 0 x
4 Dallas Burn (4 Points)40 1
5 Colorado Rapids (SDET)** (4 Points)2 11**
1 Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* 1
2 New England Revolution 0
2 New England Revolution (6 Points)21 2
7 Chicago Fire (3 Points)0 20
2 New England Revolution (5 Points)0 12
6 Columbus Crew (2 Points)0 0 2
3 San Jose Earthquakes (0 Points)1 1 x
6 Columbus Crew (6 Points)22x

Conference Semi-finals

Kansas City Wizards 2–3 (AET) Los Angeles Galaxy
Preki Soccerball shade.svg25'
Brown Soccerball shade.svg70'
Ruiz Soccerball shade.svg62' (pen.)Soccerball shade gold.svg 99'
Jones Soccerball shade.svg85'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 14,585
Kansas City Wizards 2–5 Los Angeles Galaxy
Klein Soccerball shade.svg47'
Preki Soccerball shade.svg72'
Ruiz Soccerball shade.svg34'Soccerball shade.svg66'
Jones Soccerball shade.svg45'+, Soccerball shade.svg62'
Tennyson Soccerball shade.svg90+3'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 14,713

New England Revolution 1–2 Chicago Fire
Kamler Soccerball shade.svg28' Razov Soccerball shade.svg43' (pen.), Soccerball shade.svg76'

Columbus Crew 2–1 San Jose Earthquakes
Buddle Soccerball shade.svg38'
García Soccerball shade.svg81'
Donovan Soccerball shade.svg54'
San Jose Earthquakes 1–2 Columbus Crew
Graziani Soccerball shade.svg58' García Soccerball shade.svg50'
McBride Soccerball shade.svg81'

Colorado Rapids 2–4 Dallas Burn
Valderrama Soccerball shade.svg2'
Spencer (Pen) Soccerball shade.svg75'
Morrow Soccerball shade.svg26'
Kreis Soccerball shade.svg49'
Deering Soccerball shade.svg68'
Martínez Soccerball shade.svg70'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 6,360
Dallas Burn 0–1 Colorado Rapids
Carrieri Soccerball shade.svg78'
INVESCO Field
Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 9,637
Colorado Rapids 1–1 Dallas Burn
Spencer Soccerball shade.svg22' Rhine Soccerball shade.svg6'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 8,008

Conference Finals

Colorado Rapids 0–4 Los Angeles Galaxy
Califf Soccerball shade.svg21'
Ruiz Soccerball shade.svg24'Soccerball shade.svg84'
Hendrickson Soccerball shade.svg71'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 24,742
Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 Colorado Rapids
Ruiz Soccerball shade.svg64'
INVESCO Field
Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 12,367

MLS Cup

Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 (2OT) New England Revolution
Ruiz Soccerball shade gold.svg 113' Report

Attendance

ClubGamesSeasonGame Avg.
Colorado Rapids 14289,66320,690
Los Angeles Galaxy 14266,66419,047
MetroStars 14254,17418,155
Columbus Crew 14243,99917,429
New England Revolution 14236,97316,927
D.C. United 14231,26416,519
Dallas Burn 14183,70213,122
Chicago Fire 14180,90812,922
Kansas City Wizards 14171,56812,255
San Jose Earthquakes 14156,10411,150
OVERALL1402,215,01915,822

Player statistics

Goals

RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of Guatemala.svg Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy 24
2 Flag of the United States.svg Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 23
3 Flag of the United States.svg Jeff Cunningham Columbus Crew 16
4 Flag of the United States.svg Ante Razov Chicago Fire 14
Flag of Ecuador.svg Ariel Graziani San Jose Earthquakes 14
6 Flag of the United States.svg Jason Kreis Dallas Burn 13
7 Flag of Senegal.svg Mamadou Diallo* MetroStars 12
Flag of Brazil.svg Rodrigo Faria MetroStars 12
9 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Carrieri Colorado Rapids 11
Flag of the United States.svg Mark Chung Colorado Rapids 11
Flag of the United States.svg Chris Henderson Colorado Rapids 11

Played for more than one team – Most Recent Team Listed*

Awards

AwardPlayerClub
Most Valuable Player Flag of Guatemala.svg Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy
Scoring Champion Flag of the United States.svg Taylor Twellman (52 points) New England Revolution
Defender of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Carlos Bocanegra Chicago Fire
Goalkeeper of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Joe Cannon San Jose Earthquakes
Rookie of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Kyle Martino Columbus Crew
Coach of the Year Flag of Scotland.svg Steve Nicol New England Revolution
Comeback Player of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Chris Klein Kansas City Wizards
Goal of the Year Flag of Guatemala.svg Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy
Fair Play Award Flag of the United States.svg Mark Chung Colorado Rapids
Humanitarian of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Steve Jolley MetroStars

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References

  1. Yousuf, Saad (April 16, 2016). "MLS nearly folded in 2001 - FC Dallas president Dan Hunt". ESPN.com.