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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.

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

Contents

OverviewEdit

Changes from 1999Edit

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.

StandingsEdit

Division standingsEdit

Eastern DivisionEdit

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 DivisionEdit

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 DivisionEdit

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 standingsEdit

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 PlayoffsEdit

BracketEdit

  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.

QuarterfinalsEdit

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

Kansas City Wizards advance 7–1 on points.


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

Chicago Fire advance 6–3 on points.


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

MetroStars advance 6–0 on points.


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

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6–0 on points.

SemifinalsEdit

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

Chicago Fire advance 6-3 on points.


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

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

MLS Cup 2000Edit

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

Player awardsEdit

End of season awardsEdit

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

Player statisticsEdit

AttendanceEdit

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 CompetitionEdit

2000 CONCACAF Champions' Cup

CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit