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The 2001 Major League Soccer season was shortened due to the September 11 attacks, with the final weeks' regular season matches canceled.[1] The playoffs, however, were played, and the San Jose Earthquakes won their first MLS Cup.

2001 Major League Soccer season
Season2001
MLS CupSan Jose Earthquakes (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldMiami Fusion F.C. (1st shield)
Matches played158
Goals scored519 (3.28 per match)
Top goalscorerAlex Pineda Chacon
Miami Fusion F.C.
Goals: 19
Highest attendanceD.C. United
Season: 258,213
Game Avg.: 21,518
Lowest attendanceSan Jose Earthquakes
Season: 125,250
Game Avg.: 9,635
Total attendance2,363,859
Average attendance14,961
2000
2002

StandingsEdit

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Miami Fusion 53 26 16 5 5 57 36  +21
2 MetroStars 42 26 13 10 3 38 35  +3
3 New England Revolution 27 27 7 14 6 35 52  −17
4 D.C. United 26 26 8 16 2 42 50  −8
2001 Supporters' Shield winner
2001 MLS Cup Playoffs


Central Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Chicago Fire 53 27 16 6 5 50 30  +20
2 Columbus Crew 45 26 13 7 6 49 36  +13
3 Dallas Burn 35 26 10 11 5 48 47  +1
4 Tampa Bay Mutiny 14 27 4 21 2 32 68  −36
2001 MLS Cup Playoffs


Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 47 26 14 7 5 52 36  +16
2 San Jose Earthquakes 45 26 13 7 6 47 29  +18
3 Kansas City Wizards 36 27 11 13 3 33 53  −20
4 Colorado Rapids 23 26 5 13 8 36 47  −11
2001 MLS Cup Playoffs


  • Top eight teams with the highest points per game clinch playoff berth, regardless of division.
  • Miami Fusion F.C. wins first tiebreaker with Chicago Fire (2-0 in head-to-head competition)
  • Columbus Crew wins first tiebreaker with San Jose Earthquakes (1-0-1 in head-to-head competition)
  • Season shortened due to September 11 attacks. Due to the different number of games played, playoff ordering determined by points per game, instead of total points.[1]
  • Dallas Burn (1.35 ppg) finishes ahead of Kansas City Wizards (1.33 ppg) in points per game

MLS Cup PlayoffsEdit

Playoff BracketEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals MLS Cup 2001
                                   
  2 Chicago Fire (7 Points) 2 1 2  
7 Dallas Burn (1 Points) 0 1 0  
  2 Chicago Fire (1 Points) 1 0 1  
  3 Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* (7 Points) 1 1* 2*  
3 Los Angeles Galaxy (SDET)* (4 Points) 1 1 3*
  6 MetroStars (4 Points) 1 4 2  
    3 Los Angeles Galaxy 1
  5 San Jose Earthquakes (ASDET)* 2
  1 Miami Fusion (6 Points) 2 0 2  
8 Kansas City Wizards (3 Points) 0 3 1  
  1 Miami Fusion (3 Points) 1 0 0
  5 San Jose Earthquakes (SDET)* (6 Points) 0 4 1*  
4 Columbus Crew (0 Points) 1 0 x
  5 San Jose Earthquakes (6 Points) 3 3 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

Dallas Burn0–2Chicago Fire
Bocanegra   40'
Whitfield   90'+
Chicago Fire1–1Dallas Burn
J. Beasley   84' Deering   27'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance:: 17,149
Dallas Burn0–2Chicago Fire
Kovalenko   17'
Armas   55'

Chicago Fire advance 7–1 on points.


Kansas City Wizards0–2Miami Fusion
Serna   28'
Pineda Chacon   53'
Miami Fusion0–3Kansas City Wizards
Lowe   24'
McKeon   31' (pen.)
Gomez   45'+
Kansas City Wizards1–2Miami Fusion
Lowe   13' Preki   14'
Henderson   71'

Miami Fusion advance 6–3 on points.


MetroStars1–1Los Angeles Galaxy
Faria   29' Caligiuri   63'
Los Angeles Galaxy1–4MetroStars
Victorine   4' Faria   72',   80'
Chung   75'
Valencia   83'
MetroStars2–3Los Angeles Galaxy
Villegas   49',   60' Victorine   21',   33'
Frye   56'
 0–1 series (SDET) 
Cienfuegos   8'

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 1-0 in series overtime (SDET) after 4-4 tie on points.


San Jose Earthquakes3–1Columbus Crew
Donovan   5'   45'+
Lagos   31'
Warzycha   54' (pen.)
Columbus Crew0–3San Jose Earthquakes
Lagos   9'
Cerritos   68'
Donovan   76'

San Jose Earthquakes advance 6–0 on points.

SemifinalsEdit


Los Angeles Galaxy1–1Chicago Fire
Hernández   44' Wynalda   32'
Chicago Fire0–1 (AET)Los Angeles Galaxy
Vagenas   94'
Los Angeles Galaxy2–1 (AET)Chicago Fire
Califf   44'
Cienfuegos   98'
D. Beasley   30'

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 7–1 on points.


Miami Fusion0–4San Jose Earthquakes
Donovan   16'
Russell   57'
Lagos   69'
De Rosario   89'

San Jose Earthquakes advance 6–3 on points.

MLS CupEdit

Los Angeles Galaxy1–2 (AET)San Jose Earthquakes
Hernández   21' Donovan   43'
De Rosario   96'

Player awardsEdit

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player   Alex Pineda Chacon Miami Fusion
Scoring Champion   Alex Pineda Chacon (47 Points) Miami Fusion
Defender of the Year   Jeff Agoos San Jose Earthquakes
Goalkeeper of the Year   Tim Howard MetroStars
Rookie of the Year   Rodrigo Faria MetroStars
Coach of the Year   Frank Yallop San Jose Earthquakes
Comeback Player of the Year   Troy Dayak San Jose Earthquakes
Goal of the Year   Clint Mathis MetroStars
Fair Play Award   Alex Pineda Chacon Miami Fusion
Humanitarian of the Year   Tim Howard MetroStars

Player statisticsEdit

AttendanceEdit

Club Games Season Game Avg.
D.C. United 12 258,213 21,518
MetroStars 13 270,477 20,806
Columbus Crew 13 227,644 17,511
Los Angeles Galaxy 13 226,035 17,387
Colorado Rapids 13 214,249 16,481
Chicago Fire 14 229,438 16,388
New England Revolution 13 203,501 15,654
Dallas Burn 13 163,465 12,574
Miami Fusion 14 156,481 11,177
Kansas City Wizards 13 142,402 10,954
Tampa Bay Mutiny 14 146,704 10,479
San Jose Earthquakes 13 125,250 9,635
OVERALL 158 2,363,859 14,961


International CompetitionEdit

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Copa Merconorte

CONCACAF Giants Cup

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "MLS Teleconference: September 13, 2001". MLSNET. Archived from the original on February 11, 2002. Retrieved November 25, 2018.

External linksEdit