2000 Major League Soccer season

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2000 Major League Soccer season
Season2000
MLS CupKansas City Wizards (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldKansas City Wizards (1st shield)
Matches played192
Goals scored612 (3.19 per match)
Top goalscorerMamadou Diallo
Tampa Bay Mutiny
Goals: 26
Longest winning runMetroStars
Games: 5
(1 Jul – 2 Aug)
Longest unbeaten runKansas City Wizards
Games: 12
(25 Mar – 4 Jun)
Longest losing runSan Jose Earthquakes
Games: 6
(15 Jul – 19 Aug)
Highest attendanceLos Angeles Galaxy
Season: 326,392
Game Avg.: 20,400
Lowest attendanceMiami Fusion
Season: 119,352
Game Avg.: 7,460
Total attendance2,641,085
Average attendance13,756
1999
2001

The 2000 Major League Soccer season was the 88th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer in the United States and Canada, the 22nd with a national first-division league, and the fifth season of Major League Soccer. The regular season began on March 25 and continued through September 9, culminating with the 2000 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Overview[edit]

Changes from 1999[edit]

Most notably the 2000 season marked the first time in Major League Soccer history (and the first season of American first division soccer since 1974), that ties were allowed to stand. Following a ten-minute sudden death extra time, rather than going to a penalty shoot-out, if two teams were tied, the tie would stand. Also, the league adopted the IFAB-standard running clock, as well as injury time.

Additionally, the league broke into three separate divisions, the East, Central and West divisions. The league would use this format until 2002, when the two Florida franchises, Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion folded.

Standings[edit]

Division standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 MetroStars 32 17 12 3 64 56 +8 54 Playoffs
2 New England Revolution 32 13 13 6 47 49 −2 45
3 Miami Fusion 32 12 15 5 54 56 −2 41
4 D.C. United 32 8 18 6 44 63 −19 30
Source: MLS

Central Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Chicago Fire 32 17 9 6 67 51 +16 57 Playoffs
2 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 16 12 4 62 50 +12 52
3 Dallas Burn 32 14 14 4 54 54 0 46
4 Columbus Crew 32 11 16 5 48 58 −10 38
Source: MLS

Western Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Kansas City Wizards 32 16 7 9 47 29 +18 57 Playoffs
2 Los Angeles Galaxy 32 14 10 8 0 37 −37 50
3 Colorado Rapids 32 13 15 4 43 59 −16 43
4 San Jose Earthquakes 32 7 17 8 35 50 −15 29
Source: MLS

Overall standings[edit]

Pos Club Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Kansas City Wizards (SS) (W1) 32 16 7 9 47 29 +18 57 2000 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2002 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
2 Chicago Fire (C1) 32 17 9 6 67 51 +16 57
3 MetroStars (E1) 32 17 12 3 64 56 +8 54 2000 MLS Cup Playoffs
4 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 16 12 4 62 50 +12 52
5 Los Angeles Galaxy 32 14 10 8 47 37 +10 50
6 Dallas Burn 32 14 14 4 54 54 0 46
7 New England Revolution 32 13 13 6 47 49 –2 45
8 Colorado Rapids 32 13 15 4 43 59 –16 43
9 Miami Fusion 32 12 15 5 54 56 –2 41  
10 Columbus Crew 32 11 16 5 48 58 –10 38
11 D.C. United 32 8 18 6 44 63 –19 30
12 San Jose Earthquakes 32 7 17 8 35 50 –15 29

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 Division champion, (C1) = Central Division champion, (W1) = Western Division 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[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  Quarter-finals Semi-finals MLS Cup '00
                                   
  1 Kansas City Wizards (7 Points) 1 0 3  
8 Colorado Rapids (1 Points) 0 0 2  
  1 Kansas City Wizards (SDET**) (4 Points) 0 1 1**  
  5 Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET*) (4 Points) 0 2* 0  
4 Tampa Bay Mutiny (0 Points) 0 2 x
  5 Los Angeles Galaxy (6 Points) 1 5 x  
    1 Kansas City Wizards 1
  2 Chicago Fire 0
  2 Chicago Fire (6 Points) 2 1 6  
7 New England Revolution (3 Points) 1 2 0  
  2 Chicago Fire (6 Points) 3 0 3
  3 MetroStars (3 Points) 0 2 2  
3 MetroStars (ASDET*) (6 Points) 2* 2 x
  6 Dallas Burn (0 Points) 1 1 x  
  • Points system
    Win = 3 Pts.
    Loss = 0 Pts.
    Draw = 1 Pt.
  • ASDET*=Added Sudden Death Extra Time (Game tie breaker)
    SDET**=Sudden Death Extra Time (Series tie breaker)
    Teams will advance at 5 points.

Quarterfinals[edit]

Colorado Rapids0–1Kansas City Wizards
Molnar Goal 18'
Kansas City Wizards0–0Colorado Rapids
Colorado Rapids2–3Kansas City Wizards
Bravo Goal 70', Goal 90+' (pen.) Henderson Goal 11'
Molnar Goal 65'
Gomez Goal 69'

Kansas City Wizards advance 7–1 on points.


New England Revolution1–2Chicago Fire
Harris Goal 50' Wright Goal 54' (o.g.)
Kovalenko Goal 73'
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 10,476
Chicago Fire1–2New England Revolution
Kovalenko Goal 83' Wynalda Goal 18'
Wright Goal 86'
New England Revolution0–6Chicago Fire
Razov Goal 5', Goal 65'
Stoichkov Goal 14', Goal 17'
Nowak Goal 45'+
George Goal 75'
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 5,972

Chicago Fire advance 6–3 on points.


Dallas Burn1–1 (AET)
0–1 (ASDET)
MetroStars
Rhine Goal 57' Mathis Goal 34'
Valencia Golden goal 100'
MetroStars2–1Dallas Burn
Mathis Goal 53', Goal 81' Rodríguez Goal 82' (pen.)
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 7,555

MetroStars advance 6–0 on points.


Los Angeles Galaxy1–0Tampa Bay Mutiny
Vanney Goal 61' (pen.)
Tampa Bay Mutiny2–5Los Angeles Galaxy
Diallo Goal 21'67' Hendrickson Goal 14'
Kelly Goal 19'
Hernández Goal 48'
Cienfuegos Goal 51'
Jones Goal 85'

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6–0 on points.

Semifinals[edit]

MetroStars0–3Chicago Fire
Stoichkov Goal 21'
Kovalenko Goal 35'
Razov Goal 84'
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 7,141
Chicago Fire0–2MetroStars
Chung Goal 40'
Valencia Goal 84'
MetroStars2–3Chicago Fire
Valencia Goal 32', Goal 36' Brown Goal 4'
Stoichkov Goal 31'
Razov Goal 88'
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 10,133

Chicago Fire advance 6-3 on points.


Los Angeles Galaxy0–0Kansas City Wizards
Kansas City Wizards1–1 (AET)
0–1 (ASDET)
Los Angeles Galaxy
McKeon Goal 29' Jones Goal 16'
Califf Golden goal 93'
Los Angeles Galaxy0–1Kansas City Wizards
Molnar Goal 22' (pen.)
 0–1 series (SDET) 
Molnar Golden goal 6'

Kansas City Wizards advance 1–0 in series overtime (SDET) after 4–4 tie on points.

MLS Cup 2000[edit]

Kansas City Wizards1–0Chicago Fire
Molnar Goal 11'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 39,159

Player awards[edit]

End of season awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player United States Tony Meola Kansas City Wizards
Scoring Champion Senegal Mamadou Diallo (56 Points) Tampa Bay Mutiny
Defender of the Year United States Peter Vermes Kansas City Wizards
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Tony Meola Kansas City Wizards
Rookie of the Year United States Carlos Bocanegra Chicago Fire
Coach of the Year United States Bob Gansler Kansas City Wizards
Comeback Player of the Year United States Tony Meola Kansas City Wizards
Goal of the Year United States Marcelo Balboa Colorado Rapids
Fair Play Award United States Steve Ralston Tampa Bay Mutiny
Humanitarian of the Year Sierra Leone Abdul Thompson Conteh San Jose Earthquakes

Player statistics[edit]

Top Goal Scorers[edit]

Position Player Club Goals
1 Senegal Mamadou Diallo Tampa Bay Mutiny 26
2 United States Ante Razov Chicago Fire 18
3 United States Clint Mathis MetroStars* 16
Colombia Diego Serna Miami Fusion 16
Colombia Adolfo Valencia MetroStars 16
6 Ecuador Ariel Graziani Dallas Burn 15
United States Dante Washington Columbus Crew 15
Jamaica Wolde Harris New England Revolution 15
9 Colombia Alex Comas MetroStars 13
10 Denmark Miklos Molnar Kansas City Wizards 12
Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 12

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

Attendance[edit]

Club Games Season Game Avg.
Los Angeles Galaxy 16 326,392 20,400
D.C. United 16 297,279 18,580
MetroStars 16 281,938 17,621
New England Revolution 16 247,409 15,463
Columbus Crew 16 247,220 15,451
Chicago Fire 16 214,189 13,387
Dallas Burn 16 209,637 13,102
Colorado Rapids 16 201,280 12,580
San Jose Earthquakes 16 199,364 12,460
Tampa Bay Mutiny 16 151,232 9,452
Kansas City Wizards 16 145,793 9,112
Miami Fusion F.C. 16 119,352 7,460
OVERALL 192 2,641,085 13,756

International Competition[edit]

2000 CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Coaches[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Western Conference[edit]

References[edit]