2003 Major League Soccer season

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2003 Major League Soccer season
Season2003
MLS Cup San Jose Earthquakes (2nd title)
Supporters' Shield Chicago Fire (1st shield)
Matches played150
Goals scored433 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorer Carlos Ruiz
Los Angeles Galaxy
Goals: 15
Taylor Twellman
N.E. Revolution
Goals: 15
Biggest home win CHI 4–0 COL
CLB 6–2 CHI
Biggest away win SJ 1–4 CHI
DAL 0–3 SJ
Highest scoring NY 4–4 SJ
CLB 6–2 CHI
Longest winning run Colorado Rapids
Games: 5
(07/04 – 08/09)
MetroStars
Games: 5
(04/26 – 05/24)
Longest unbeaten run Chicago Fire
Games: 7
(07/19 – 08/24)
Colorado Rapids
Games: 7
(08/16 – 10/01)
Longest losing run Colorado Rapids
Games: 4
(05/03 – 05/25)
Dallas Burn
Games: 4
(07/19 -08/13)
Highest attendance Los Angeles Galaxy
Season: 329,752
Game Avg.: 21,983
Lowest attendance Dallas Burn
Season: 118,585
Game Avg.: 7,906
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,234,747
Game Avg.: 14,898
2002
2004
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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 2003 Major League Soccer season
ButtonRed.svg Western Conference   ButtonBlue.svg Eastern Conference

The 2003 Major League Soccer season was the eighth season of play for Major League Soccer.

Contents

Changes from 2002

Instead of a best-of-three series, the MLS Cup Playoffs changed their format so that the quarterfinal fixtures (or conference semifinals) would be a home and away aggregate over two matches, the team with the higher seed would have the home game in the second leg. The two semifinals (or conference finals) became one match fixtures instead of two legs. The Cup final remained one match.

Standings

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
s – Chicago Fire 3015785343+1053
x – New England Revolution 3012995547+845
x – MetroStars 30111094040042
x – D.C. United 30101193836+239
Columbus Crew 30101284444038
Western Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
x – San Jose Earthquakes 3014794535+1051
x – Kansas City Wizards 30111094844+442
x – Colorado Rapids 30111274045–540
x – Los Angeles Galaxy 3091293535036
Dallas Burn 3061953564–2923

s = Supporters Shield
x = Playoff Berth

Playoffs

Bracket

Conference SemifinalsConference Finals MLS Cup 2003
          
E1 Chicago (wins 4–0 agg.) 22
E4 D.C. United 0 0
E1 Chicago 1
Eastern Conference
E3 New England 0
E2 New England (wins 3–1 agg.) 21
E3 MetroStars 0 1
E1 Chicago 2
W1 San Jose 4
W1 San Jose (wins 5–4 agg.) 05*
W4 Los Angeles 2 2
W1 San Jose 3
Western Conference
W3 Kansas City 2
W3 Kansas City (wins 3–1 agg.) 12
W2 Colorado 1 0

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Chicago Fire 2–0 D.C. United
Williams Soccerball shade.svg4'
Razov Soccerball shade.svg94'
Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 15,202
D.C. United 0–2 Chicago Fire
Ralph Soccerball shade.svg17'
Razov Soccerball shade.svg55'
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 15,312

Chicago Fire won 4–0 on aggregate.


New England Revolution won 3–1 on aggregate.

Western Conference Semifinals

Los Angeles Galaxy 2–5 (a.e.t.) San Jose Earthquakes
Ruiz Soccerball shade.svg7'
Vagenas Soccerball shade.svg13'
Agoos Soccerball shade.svg21'
Donovan Soccerball shade.svg35'
Walker Soccerball shade.svg50'
Roner Soccerball shade.svg90'
Faria Soccerball shade gold.svg 96'

San Jose Earthquakes won 5–4 on aggregate after golden goal extra time.


Kansas City Wizards 1–1 Colorado Rapids
Harris Soccerball shade.svg3' Borchers Soccerball shade.svg53'
INVESCO Field
Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 6,434

Kansas City Wizards won 3–1 on aggregate.

Conference Finals

Eastern Conference

New England Revolution 0–1 (a.e.t.) Chicago Fire
Armas Soccerball shade gold.svg 101'
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 14,610

Western Conference

Kansas City Wizards 2–3 (a.e.t.) San Jose Earthquakes
Simutenkov Soccerball shade.svg57'
Klein Soccerball shade.svg72'
Lagos Soccerball shade.svg61'
Mullan Soccerball shade.svg83'
Donovan Soccerball shade gold.svg 117'

MLS Cup 2003

Chicago Fire 2–4 San Jose Earthquakes
Beasley Soccerball shade.svg49'
Roner Soccerball shade.svg54' (o.g.)
Ekelund Soccerball shade.svg5'
Donovan Soccerball shade.svg38', 71'
Mulrooney Soccerball shade.svg50'

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Awards and statistics

Team awards

Individual awards

AwardPlayerClub
Most Valuable Player Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Flag of the United States.svg Preki Kansas City Wizards
Scoring Champion Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Flag of the United States.svg Preki (41) points Kansas City Wizards
Defender of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Carlos Bocanegra Chicago Fire
Goalkeeper of the Year Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Pat Onstad San Jose Earthquakes
Rookie of the Year Flag of Jamaica.svg Damani Ralph Chicago Fire
Coach of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Dave Sarachan Chicago Fire
Comeback Player of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Chris Armas Chicago Fire
Goal of the Year Flag of Jamaica.svg Damani Ralph Chicago Fire
Fair Play Award Flag of the United States.svg Brian McBride Columbus Crew
Humanitarian of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Ben Olsen D.C. United

Top goal scorers

RankPlayerClubGoals
1 Flag of Guatemala.svg Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy 15
Flag of the United States.svg Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 15
3 Flag of the United States.svg Ante Razov Chicago Fire 14
Flag of Scotland.svg John Spencer Colorado Rapids 14
5 Flag of the United States.svg Landon Donovan San Jose Earthquakes 12
Flag of the United States.svg Brian McBride Columbus Crew 12
Flag of the United States.svg Preki Kansas City Wizards 12
8 Flag of the United States.svg Mark Chung Colorado Rapids 11
Flag of Jamaica.svg Damani Ralph Chicago Fire 11
10 Flag of the United States.svg Edson Buddle Columbus Crew 10
Flag of the United States.svg Pat Noonan New England Revolution 10

Goal scoring totals

ClubOverall
Record
Goals
For
Goals
For Avg.
Goals
Against
Goals
Against Avg.
New England Revolution 12-9-9551.83 (1st)471.57 (9th)
Chicago Fire 15-7-8531.77 (2nd)431.43 (5th)
Kansas City Wizards 11-10-9481.60 (3rd)441.47 (6th)
San Jose Earthquakes 14-7-9451.50 (4th)351.17 (1st)
Columbus Crew 10-12-8441.47 (5th)441.47 (6th)
Colorado Rapids 11-12-7401.33 (6th)451.50 (8th)
MetroStars 11-10-9401.33 (7th)401.33 (4th)
D.C. United 10-11-9381.27 (8th)361.20 (3rd)
Dallas Burn 6-19-5351.117 (9th)642.13 (10th)
Los Angeles Galaxy 9-12-9351.17 (10th)351.17 (1st)
Overall totals4332.89

Team attendance totals

ClubStadiumGamesSeasonGame Avg.
Los Angeles Galaxy The Home Depot Center 15329,75221,983
Colorado Rapids Invesco Field 15251,57816,772
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew Stadium 15243,75616,250
MetroStars Giants Stadium 15237,32615,822
Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium 15233,59415,573
D.C. United Robert F. Kennedy Stadium 15233,47615,565
New England Revolution Gillette Stadium 15219,61114,641
Chicago Fire Cardinal Stadium 15210,08014,005
San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium 15156,98910,466
Dallas Burn Cotton Bowl 15118,5857,906
MLS totals1502,234,74714,898

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