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2002 Major League Soccer season

 

2002 Major League Soccer season


The 2002 Major League Soccer season was the league's 7th of competition. On January 8, 2002, after only four years in existence, the Miami Fusion F.C. ceased operations due to low attendance and an unfavorable stadium deal, and the Tampa Bay Mutiny also ceased operations due to the lack of local ownership. MLS eliminated the Central Division and in favor of its original two-conference alignment.

Contents

  • Final standings 1
    • Conference 1.1
    • Overall 1.2
  • MLS Cup Playoffs 2
  • Conference Semi-finals 3
  • Conference Finals 4
  • MLS Cup 2002 5
  • CONCACAF Champions' Cup 6
  • Club awards 7
  • Individual awards 8
  • Top goal scorers 9
  • Goal-scoring totals 10
  • Winningest coaches (by wins) 11
  • Team attendance totals 12
  • References 13

Final standings

Conference

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
y - New England Revolution 28 12 14 2 49 49 0 38
x - Columbus Crew 28 11 12 5 44 43 1 38
x - Chicago Fire 28 11 13 4 43 38 5 37
MetroStars 28 11 15 2 41 47 -6 35
D.C. United 28 9 14 5 31 40 -9 32
Western Conference GP* W L D GF GA GD Pts
s - Los Angeles Galaxy 28 16 9 3 44 33 11 51
x - San Jose Earthquakes 28 14 11 3 45 35 10 45
x - Dallas Burn 28 12 9 7 44 43 1 43
x - Colorado Rapids 28 13 11 4 43 48 -5 43
x - Kansas City Wizards 28 9 10 9 37 45 -8 36
  • Top eight teams with the highest points clinch play-off berth, regardless of conference.
    x = Playoff berth
    y = Conference Winner (Season)
    s = Supporters Shield/Conference winner (Season)

Overall

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.

  • ^Note 1 - Since Los Angeles Galaxy won MLS Cup 2002 and the Supporters' Shield, San Jose Earthquakes qualified for the CONCACAF Champions Cup by finishing as Supporters' Shield runners-up.
  • ^Note 2 - Since Kansas City Wizards, MetroStars, and D.C. United finished outside of the top seven in the league standings, they enter the U.S. Open Cup in the third round proper rather than fourth.

MLS Cup Playoffs

Playoff bracket

  Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2002
                                       
   Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* (6 Points) 3* 1 5  
 Kansas City Wizards (3 Points) 2 4 2  
   Los Angeles Galaxy (6 Points) 4 1 x  
   Colorado Rapids (0 Points) 0 0 x  
 Dallas Burn (4 Points) 4 0 1
   Colorado Rapids (SDET)** (4 Points) 2 1 1**  
     Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)*     1*
   New England Revolution     0
   New England Revolution (6 Points) 2 1 2  
 Chicago Fire (3 Points) 0 2 0  
   New England Revolution (5 Points) 0 1 2
   Columbus Crew (2 Points) 0 0 2  
 San Jose Earthquakes (0 Points) 1 1 x
   Columbus Crew (6 Points) 2 2 x  
  • Points system
    Win = 3 Pts.
    Loss = 0 Pts.
    Draw = 1 Pts.
  • ASDET*=Added Sudden Death Extra Time (Game tie breaker)
    SDET**=Sudden Death Extra Time (Series tie breaker)
    Teams will advance at 5 points.

Conference Semi-finals

September 25, 2002
Kansas City Wizards 2 – 3 (AET) Los Angeles Galaxy
Preki Goal 25'
Brown Goal 70'
Ruiz (Pen) Goal 62' Goal 99'
Jones Goal 85'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California

Attendance: 14,585
October 2, 2002
Kansas City Wizards 2 – 5 Los Angeles Galaxy
Klein Goal 47'
Preki Goal 72'
Ruiz Goal 34' Goal 66'
Jones Goal 45'+, Goal 62'
Tennyson Goal 93'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California

Attendance: 14,713
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6-3 on points.

  • New England Revolution advance 6-3 on points.

  • Columbus Crew advance 6-0 on points.

September 25, 2002
Colorado Rapids 2 – 4 Dallas Burn
Valderrama Goal 2'
Spencer (Pen) Goal 75'
Morrow Goal 26'
Kreis Goal 49'
Deering Goal 68'
Martínez Goal 70'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas

Attendance: 6,360
September 28, 2002
Dallas Burn 0 – 1 Colorado Rapids
Carrieri Goal 78'
INVESCO Field
Denver, Colorado

Attendance: 9,637
October 2, 2002
Colorado Rapids 1 – 1 Dallas Burn
Spencer Goal 22' Rhine Goal 6'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas

Attendance: 8,008

  1 – 0 series OT (ASDET)  
Chung Golden goal 1'
  • Colorado Rapids advance in series (sudden death) overtime, after 4-4 tie on points.

Conference Finals

October 5, 2002
Colorado Rapids 0 – 4 Los Angeles Galaxy
Califf Goal 21'
Ruiz Goal 24' Goal 84'
Hendrickson Goal 71'
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California

Attendance: 24,742
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6-0 on points.

  • New England Revolution advance 5-2 on points.

MLS Cup 2002

October 20, 2002 (2002-10-20)
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 – 0 (2OT) New England Revolution
Ruiz Golden goal 113' Report

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Club awards

Individual awards

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

Top goal scorers

Position Player Club Goals
1 Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy 24
2 Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 23
3 Jeff Cunningham Columbus Crew 16
4 Ante Razov Chicago Fire 14
Ariel Graziani San Jose Earthquakes 14
6 Jason Kreis Dallas Burn 13
7 Mamadou Diallo* MetroStars 12
Rodrigo Faria MetroStars 12
9 Chris Carrieri Colorado Rapids 11
Mark Chung Colorado Rapids 11
Chris Henderson Colorado Rapids 11

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

Goal-scoring totals

Club Overall
Record
Goals
For
Goals For
Avg.
Goals
Against
Goals
Against Avg.
New England Revolution 12-14-2 49 1.75 (1st) 49 1.75 (10th)
San Jose Earthquakes 14-11-3 45 1.61 (2nd) 35 1.25 (2nd)
Columbus Crew 11-12-5 44 1.57 (3rd) 43 1.54 (5th)
Dallas Burn 12-9-7 44 1.57 (4th) 43 1.54 (5th)
Los Angeles Galaxy 16-9-3 44 1.57 (5th) 33 1.18 (1st)
Colorado Rapids 13-11-4 43 1.54 (6th) 48 1.71 (9th)
Chicago Fire 11-13-4 43 1.54 (7th) 38 1.36 (3rd)
MetroStars 11-15-2 41 1.46 (8th) 47 1.68 (8th)
Kansas City Wizards 9-10-9 37 1.32 (9th) 45 1.61 (7th)
D.C. United 9-14-5 31 1.11 (10th) 40 1.43 (4th)
Overall totals 421 3.01

Winningest coaches (by wins)

Coach Club Win Loss Draw Pct. Pts. OT Rec.
Sigi Schmid Los Angeles Galaxy 16 9 3 0.625 51 3-3-3
Frank Yallop San Jose Earthquakes 14 11 3 0.554 45 1-0-3
Tim Hankinson Colorado Rapids 13 11 4 0.536 43 1-1-4
Mike Jeffries Dallas Burn 12 9 7 0.554 43 3-0-7
Greg Andrulis Columbus Crew 11 12 5 0.482 38 1-3-5
Bob Bradley Chicago Fire 11 13 4 0.464 37 2-1-4
Octavio Zambrano MetroStars 11 15 2 0.429 35 1-1-2
Steve Nicol New England Revolution 10 10 1 0.500 31 0-1-1
Bob Gansler Kansas City Wizards 9 10 9 0.482 36 0-2-9
Ray Hudson D.C. United 9 14 5 0.411 32 2-2-5
Fernando Clavijo New England Revolution 2 4 1 0.357 7 0-0-1

Team attendance totals

Club Games Season Game Avg.
Colorado Rapids 14 289,663 20,690
Los Angeles Galaxy 14 266,664 19,047
MetroStars 14 254,174 18,155
Columbus Crew 14 243,999 17,429
New England Revolution 14 236,973 16,927
D.C. United 14 231,264 16,519
Dallas Burn 14 183,702 13,122
Chicago Fire 14 180,908 12,922
Kansas City Wizards 14 171,568 12,255
San Jose Earthquakes 14 156,104 11,150
OVERALL 140 2,215,019 15,822

References

  • MLS Site
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