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The 1998 Major League Soccer season was the third season of Major League Soccer. Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion played their inaugural seasons as the first two MLS expansion teams. Chicago would become the first expansion team to win the MLS Cup and the first to win it in the inaugural year.

1998 Major League Soccer season
Season1998
MLS CupChicago Fire (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldLos Angeles Galaxy (1st shield)
Matches played192
Goals scored701 (3.65 per match)
Top goalscorerStern John
(26 goals)
Longest winning runChicago Fire
Games: 11
(05/16 – 07/09)
Longest losing runNew England Revolution
Games: 9
(05/13 – 07/04)
Highest attendanceLos Angeles Galaxy
Season: 348,549
Game Avg.: 21,784
Lowest attendanceKansas City Wizards
Season: 129,163
Game Avg.: 8,073
Total attendance2,747,897
Average attendance14,312
1997
1999

Final standingsEdit

  • 3 points were awarded for a win.
  • 1 point was awarded for a shootout win and considered a win in the standings.
  • No points were awarded for a loss or a shootout loss, with the latter being considered a loss in the standings
  • The top four teams in each conference advanced to the playoffs.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Eastern Conference P W SW SL L WIR SO LIR GF GA GD APts Pts
D.C. United 32 24 7 3 8 17 10 5 74 48 26 61 58
Columbus Crew 32 15 0 5 17 15 5 12 67 56 11 50 45
MetroStars 32 15 3 4 17 12 7 13 54 63 -9 43 39
Miami Fusion 32 15 5 0 17 10 5 17 46 68 -22 35 35
Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 12 1 5 20 11 6 15 46 57 -11 39 34
New England Revolution 32 11 2 4 21 9 6 17 53 66 -13 33 29

Western ConferenceEdit

Western Conference P W SW SL L WIR SO LIR GF GA GD APts Pts
Los Angeles Galaxy (SS) 32 24 2 2 8 22 4 6 85 44 41 70 68
Chicago Fire 32 20 2 2 12 18 4 10 62 45 17 58 56
Colorado Rapids 32 16 2 2 16 14 4 14 62 69 -7 46 44
Dallas Burn 32 15 4 2 17 11 6 15 43 59 -16 39 37
San Jose Clash 32 13 3 5 19 10 8 14 48 60 -12 38 33
Kansas City Wizards 32 12 2 4 20 10 6 16 45 50 -5 36 32

MLS Cup PlayoffsEdit

BracketEdit

  • The ties were a best of three series.
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup '98
                                   
  E1 D.C. United 2 0 (3) x  
E4 Miami 1 0 (2) x  
  E1 D.C. United 2 2 3  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Columbus 0 4 0  
E2 Columbus 5 1 (3) x
  E3 MetroStars 3 1 (2) x  
    E1 D.C. United 0
  W2 Chicago 2
  W1 Los Angeles 6 3 x  
W4 Dallas 1 2 x  
  W1 Los Angeles 0 1 (1) x
Western Conference
  W2 Chicago 1 1 (2) x  
W2 Chicago 2 1 x
  W3 Colorado 1 0 x  

Conference semifinalsEdit

Eastern Conference

Miami Fusion1–2D.C. United
Paulinho McLaren Roy Lassiter, Jamie Moreno
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 15,187
D.C. United0–0
3–2 (S.O.)
Miami Fusion
  • D.C. United advance 2–0, to the Conference Finals.

MetroStars3–5Columbus Crew
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 10,996
Columbus Crew1–1
3–2 (S.O.)
MetroStars
  • Columbus Crew advance 2–0, to the Conference Finals.

Western Conference

Dallas Burn1–6Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Galaxy3–2Dallas Burn
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 8,130
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 2–0, to the Conference Finals.

Colorado Rapids1–2Chicago Fire
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 12,610
Chicago Fire1–0Colorado Rapids
  • Chicago Fire advance 2–0, to the Conference Finals.

Conference finalsEdit

Eastern Conference

Columbus Crew0–2D.C. United
Sanneh   68'
Etcheverry   78'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 17,755
D.C. United2–4Columbus Crew
Sanneh   65'
Lassiter   77'
McBride   8', 47'
Dooley   37'
John   81'
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,193
Columbus Crew0–3D.C. United
Agoos   12'
Lassiter   44', 79'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 21,453
  • D.C. United advance 2–1, to MLS Cup '98

Western Conference

Chicago Fire1–0Los Angeles Galaxy
Marsch   86'
Los Angeles Galaxy1–1
1–2 (SO)
Chicago Fire
Pena   37' Nowak   31'
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 32,744
  • Chicago Fire advance 2–0, to MLS Cup '98

MLS Cup '98Edit

Chicago Fire2–0D.C. United
Podbrozny   29'
Gutiérrez   45'
Referee: Kevin Terry

Player awardsEdit

Weekly awardEdit

Week Player of the Week Team
Week 1   Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 2   Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 3   Frank Klopas Chicago Fire
Week 4   Jason Farrell Columbus Crew
Week 5   Stern John Columbus Crew
Week 6   Paul Bravo Colorado Rapids
Week 7   Tony Meola MetroStars
Week 8   Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 9   Vitalis Takawira Kansas City Wizards
Week 10   Peter Nowak Chicago Fire
Week 11   Stern John Columbus Crew
Week 12   Jerzy Podbrożny Chicago Fire
Week 13   Zach Thornton Chicago Fire
Week 14   Roman Kosecki Chicago Fire
Week 15   Luboš Kubík Chicago Fire
Week 16   John Harkes D.C. United
Week 17   Roy Lassiter D.C. United
Week 18   Marco Etcheverry D.C. United
Week 19   Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 20   Stern John Columbus Crew
Week 21   Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 22   Diego Serna Miami Fusion
Week 23   Carlos Hermosillo Los Angeles Galaxy
Week 24   Josh Wolff Chicago Fire
Week 25   Diego Serna Miami Fusion

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Player of the Month Team
March   Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
April   Juergen Sommer Columbus Crew
May   Peter Nowak Chicago Fire
June   Ross Paule Colorado Rapids
July   Roy Lassiter D.C. United
August   Stern John Columbus Crew
September   Diego Serna Miami Fusion

End of year awardsEdit

Award Player Team
Most Valuable Player   Marco Etcheverry D.C. United
Scoring Champion   Stern John – (57 Pts.) Columbus Crew
Defender of the Year   Lubos Kubik Chicago Fire
Goalkeeper of the Year   Zach Thornton Chicago Fire
Rookie of the Year   Ben Olsen D.C. United
Coach of the Year   Bob Bradley Chicago Fire
Goal of the Year   Brian McBride Columbus Crew
Fair Play Award   Thomas Dooley Columbus Crew

Player statisticsEdit

AttendanceEdit

Club Games Home Total Home Average
Los Angeles Galaxy 16 348,549 21,784
New England Revolution 16 307,004 19,187
Chicago Fire 16 286,190 17,886
MetroStars 16 264,316 16,519
D.C. United 16 256,127 16,007
Colorado Rapids 16 236,995 14,812
San Jose Clash 16 218,450 13,653
Columbus Crew 16 196,394 12,274
Dallas Burn 16 175,162 10,947
Tampa Bay Mutiny 16 164,999 10,312
Miami Fusion 16 164,548 10,284
Kansas City Wizards 16 129,163 8,072
OVERALL 192 2,747,897 14,311

International CompetitionEdit

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Interamerican Cup

First leg played at RFK Stadium
Second leg played at Lockhart Stadium.

CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit