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The 2003 Major League Soccer season was the 8th season of play for Major League Soccer.

2003 Major League Soccer season
Season2003
MLS CupSan Jose Earthquakes (2nd title)
Supporters' ShieldChicago Fire (1st shield)
Matches played150
Goals scored433 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorerCarlos Ruiz
Los Angeles Galaxy
Goals: 15
Taylor Twellman
N.E. Revolution
Goals: 15
Biggest home winCHI 4–0 COL
CLB 6–2 CHI
Biggest away winSJ 1–4 CHI
DAL 0–3 SJ
Highest scoringNY 4–4 SJ
CLB 6–2 CHI
Longest winning runColorado Rapids
Games: 5
(07/04 – 08/09)
MetroStars
Games: 5
(04/26 – 05/24)
Longest unbeaten runChicago Fire
Games: 7
(07/19 – 08/24)
Colorado Rapids
Games: 7
(08/16 – 10/01)
Longest losing runColorado Rapids
Games: 4
(05/03 – 05/25)
Dallas Burn
Games: 4
(07/19 -08/13)
Highest attendanceLos Angeles Galaxy
Season: 329,752
Game Avg.: 21,983
Lowest attendanceDallas Burn
Season: 118,585
Game Avg.: 7,906
Average attendanceMLS
Season: 2,234,747
Game Avg.: 14,898
2002
2004

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Changes From 2002Edit

Instead of a best-of-three series, the MLS Cup Playoffs changed their format so that the quarterfinal fixtures (or conference semifinals) would be a home and away aggregate over two matches, the team with the higher seed would have the home game in the second leg. The two semifinals (or conference finals) became one match fixtures instead of two legs. The Cup final remained one match.

Final standingsEdit

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
s – Chicago Fire 30 15 7 8 53 43 +10 53
x – New England Revolution 30 12 9 9 55 47 +8 45
x – MetroStars 30 11 10 9 40 40 0 42
x – D.C. United 30 10 11 9 38 36 +2 39
Columbus Crew 30 10 12 8 44 44 0 38
Western Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
x – San Jose Earthquakes 30 14 7 9 45 35 +10 51
x – Kansas City Wizards 30 11 10 9 48 44 +4 42
x – Colorado Rapids 30 11 12 7 40 45 –5 40
x – Los Angeles Galaxy 30 9 12 9 35 35 0 36
Dallas Burn 30 6 19 5 35 64 –29 23
  • The top four teams in each conference make the playoffs.

s = Supporters Shield
x = Playoff Berth

Play-off BracketEdit

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2003
                             


E1 Chicago (wins 4–0 agg.) 2 2  
E4 D.C. United 0 0  
  E1 Chicago 1  
Eastern Conference
  E3 New England 0  
E3 New England (wins 3–1 agg.) 2 1
E2 MetroStars 0 1  
  E1 Chicago 2
  W1 San Jose 4
W1 San Jose (wins 5–4 agg.) 0 5*  
W4 Los Angeles 2 2  
  W1 San Jose 3
Western Conference
  W3 Kansas City 2  
W3 Kansas City (wins 3–1 agg.) 1 2
W2 Colorado 1 0  

Eastern Conference SemifinalsEdit

Chicago Fire2–0D.C. United
Williams   4'
Razov   94'
Attendance: 15,202
D.C. United0–2Chicago Fire
Ralph   17'
Razov   55'
Attendance: 15,312

Chicago Fire won 4–0 on aggregate.


New England Revolution2–0MetroStars
Fabbro   17'
Noonan   65'
MetroStars1–1New England Revolution
Guevara   45' (pen.) Noonan   21'

New England Revolution won 3–1 on aggregate.

Western Conference SemifinalsEdit

San Jose Earthquakes0–2Los Angeles Galaxy
Victorine   59'
Ruiz   62'
Los Angeles Galaxy2–5 (a.e.t.)San Jose Earthquakes
Ruiz   7'
Vagenas   13'
Agoos   21'
Donovan   35'
Walker   50'
Roner   90'
Faria   96'

San Jose Earthquakes won 5–4 on aggregate after golden goal extra time.


Kansas City Wizards1–1Colorado Rapids
Harris   3' Borchers   53'
Colorado Rapids0–2Kansas City Wizards
Simutenkov   45'
Klein   63'

Kansas City Wizards won 3–1 on aggregate.

Conference FinalsEdit

Eastern Conference

New England Revolution0–1 (a.e.t.)Chicago Fire
Armas   101'
Attendance: 14,610

Western Conference

Kansas City Wizards2–3 (a.e.t.)San Jose Earthquakes
Simutenkov   57'
Klein   72'
Lagos   61'
Mullan   83'
Donovan   117'

MLS Cup 2003Edit

Chicago Fire2–4San Jose Earthquakes
Beasley   49'
Roner   54' (o.g.)
Ekelund   5'
Donovan   38'71'
Mulrooney   50'

CONCACAF Champions' CupEdit

Team awardsEdit

Individual awardsEdit

Top goal scorersEdit

Goal-scoring totalsEdit

Club Overall
Record
Goals
For
Goals
For Avg.
Goals
Against
Goals
Against Avg.
New England Revolution 12-9-9 55 1.83 (1st) 47 1.57 (9th)
Chicago Fire 15-7-8 53 1.77 (2nd) 43 1.43 (5th)
Kansas City Wizards 11-10-9 48 1.60 (3rd) 44 1.47 (6th)
San Jose Earthquakes 14-7-9 45 1.50 (4th) 35 1.17 (1st)
Columbus Crew 10-12-8 44 1.47 (5th) 44 1.47 (6th)
Colorado Rapids 11-12-7 40 1.33 (6th) 45 1.50 (8th)
MetroStars 11-10-9 40 1.33 (7th) 40 1.33 (4th)
D.C. United 10-11-9 38 1.27 (8th) 36 1.20 (3rd)
Dallas Burn 6-19-5 35 1.117 (9th) 64 2.13 (10th)
Los Angeles Galaxy 9-12-9 35 1.17 (10th) 35 1.17 (1st)
Overall totals 433 2.89

Team attendance totalsEdit

Club Stadium Games Season Game Avg.
Los Angeles Galaxy The Home Depot Center 15 329,752 21,983
Colorado Rapids Invesco Field 15 251,578 16,772
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew Stadium 15 243,756 16,250
MetroStars Giants Stadium 15 237,326 15,822
Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium 15 233,594 15,573
D.C. United Robert F. Kennedy Stadium 15 233,476 15,565
New England Revolution Gillette Stadium 15 219,611 14,641
Chicago Fire Cardinal Stadium 15 210,080 14,005
San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium 15 156,989 10,466
Dallas Burn Cotton Bowl 15 118,585 7,906
MLS totals 150 2,234,747 14,898

CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit