2007 Major League Soccer season
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The 2007 Major League Soccer season was the 12th season in the history of Major League Soccer. The season began on April 7 and concluded with MLS Cup 2007 on November 18, 2007 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.
|MLS Cup||Houston Dynamo (2nd title)|
|Supporters' Shield||D.C. United (4th shield)|
|2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League||Houston Dynamo|
|2008 SuperLiga||D.C. United|
|Goals scored||518 (2.66 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Luciano Emilio|
|Biggest home win||CHV 4–0 RSL|
NY 4–0 CLB
TOR 4–0 FCD
|Biggest away win||CHI 0–4 HOU|
FCD 0–4 DCU
|Highest scoring||NY 5–4 LA|
|Longest winning run||D.C. United|
(08/05/ – 09/01)
|Longest unbeaten run||D.C. United|
(08/05 – 10/13)
|Longest losing run||Los Angeles Galaxy|
(08/09 – 09/01)
|Highest attendance||Los Angeles Galaxy|
Game Avg.: 24,252
|Lowest attendance||K.C. Wizards|
Game Avg.: 11,586
Game Avg.: 16,770
For the first time in MLS history, the same two clubs consecutively won the MLS Cup title and the MLS Supporters' Shield honor. The 2007 MLS Cup champions were Houston Dynamo who defeated New England Revolution in the final. D.C. United won the MLS Supporters' Shield edging Chivas USA by two points for the regular season honor.
New England, Houston, and D.C. United earned berths into the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League for their performances in the regular season and playoffs.
Changes from the 2006 SeasonEdit
The 2007 season was often cited as the first season in the modern-era of Major League Soccer. Most notably, the regular season decreased from 32 matches to 30, emphasizing the importance of matches during this time window, as well as boosting the credibility for the MLS Supporters' Shield. This year marked the inaugural season for expansion franchise, Toronto FC who began play in the Eastern Conference.
For the 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, the top two clubs in each conference automatically qualified for the playoffs, down from four. Additionally, the next four highest remaining point totals regardless of conference qualified via wild-card berth. The change allowed a single table to determine the entire playoff field.
Starting this season, MLS clubs were allowed to sell advertisements on the front of their jerseys. Six MLS clubs took advantage of the opportunity. Local corporations XanGo and Amigo Energy became the kit sponsors of Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo, respectively. More national brands such as BMO, Comex and Herbalife became the sponsors of Toronto FC, Chivas USA and Los Angeles Galaxy, respectively. The international recognized brand, Red Bull became the shirt sponsor of New York Red Bulls, whom they owned.
- The Designated Player Rule was implemented, permitting one big-ticket foreign player to play for each team without going against the team's salary cap.
Six players were signed under the rule for the 2007 season:
Two new soccer-specific stadiums opened this season. The Colorado Rapids moved into Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the Denver-suburb of Commerce City, Colorado. Before the season began, BMO Field opened for expansion side, Toronto FC.
The format for the 2007 season was as follows:
- The season ran from April 7 to November 18.
- The 13 teams were split into two conferences. The Eastern Conference had seven teams with the addition of Toronto FC, while the Western Conference had six teams. Each team played 30 games that were evenly divided between home and away games. Each team played every other team twice, home and away, for a total of 24 games. The remaining six games were played against six regional rivals, three at home and three away.
- The two teams from each conference with the most points qualified for the playoffs. In addition, the next four highest point totals, regardless of conference, also qualified. In the first round aggregate goals over two matches determined the winners. The conference finals were played as a single match, and the winners advanced to MLS Cup 2007. In all rounds, draws were followed by two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. The away goals rule was not used in any round.
- The team with the most points in the regular season won the MLS Supporters' Shield and qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League 2008–09. The MLS Cup winner also qualified for the Champions League 2008–09. The MLS Cup runner-up qualified for the Champions League 2008–09. An additional berth in the Champions League was also awarded to the winner of the 2007 U.S. Open Cup. If a team qualified for multiple berths into the Champions League, then additional berths were awarded to the highest overall finishing MLS team(s) not already qualified. Also, Toronto FC, as a Canadian-based team, cannot qualify through MLS for the Champions League, and must instead qualify through the Canadian Championship.
- The four teams with the most points in the regular season, regardless of conference, qualified for SuperLiga 2008.
- The three teams from each conference with the most points also qualified for berths into the 2008 U.S. Open Cup. The rest of the U.S.-based MLS teams had to qualify for the remaining two berths via a series of play-in games.
- Head-to-Head (Points only)
- Overall Goal Differential
- Overall Total Goals Scored
- Tiebreakers 1-3 applied only to matches on the road
- Tiebreakers 1-3 applied only to matches at home
- Fewest team disciplinary points in the League Fair Play table
- Coin toss
|1||D.C. United||30||16||7||7||56||34||+22||55||2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2008 U.S. Open Cup|
|2||New England Revolution||30||14||8||8||51||43||+8||50|
|3||New York Red Bulls||30||12||11||7||47||45||+2||43||2007 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card), 2008 U.S. Open Cup|
|4||Chicago Fire||30||10||10||10||31||36||−5||40||2007 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)|
|5||Kansas City Wizards||30||11||12||7||45||45||0||40|
- Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team. If they had qualified for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team in the Eastern Conference not already qualified would have qualified.
|1||Chivas USA||30||15||7||8||46||28||+18||53||2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2008 U.S. Open Cup|
|3||FC Dallas||30||13||12||5||37||44||−7||44||2007 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card), 2008 U.S. Open Cup|
|5||Los Angeles Galaxy||30||9||14||7||38||48||−10||34|
|6||Real Salt Lake||30||6||15||9||31||45||−14||27|
|1||D.C. United (SS, E1)||30||16||7||7||56||34||+22||55||2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2|
|2||Chivas USA (W1)||30||15||7||8||46||28||+18||53||2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2|
|3||Houston Dynamo||30||15||8||7||43||23||+20||52||2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2|
|4||New England Revolution||30||14||8||8||51||43||+8||50||2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 2|
|5||FC Dallas||30||13||12||5||37||44||−7||44||2007 MLS Cup Playoffs|
|6||New York Red Bulls||30||12||11||7||47||45||+2||43|
|8||Kansas City Wizards||30||11||12||7||45||45||0||40|
|12||Real Salt Lake||30||6||15||9||31||45||−14||27|
|13||Toronto FC 1||30||6||17||7||25||49||−24||25|
- ^Note 1 – Toronto FC cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS. Rather, they can qualify through the Canadian Championship.
If they had qualified for the Champions League through MLS, then the highest placed team not already qualified would have qualified.
- ^Note 2 – The winner of the 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield (D.C. United) and the winner of MLS Cup 2007 (Houston Dynamo) qualified for the 2008 CONCACAF Champions' Cup and the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage. The runner-up of MLS Cup 2007 and the winner of the 2007 U.S. Open Cup (New England Revolution) qualified for the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round. Because New England qualified twice, the additional berth in the Preliminary Round was awarded to the 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield runner-up (Chivas USA).
2007 MLS Cup PlayoffsEdit
|Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||MLS Cup 2007|
|E2||New England Revolution||1|
|E3||New York Red Bulls||0||0|
|E2||New England Revolution||0||1|
|E2||New England Revolution||1|
|W4||Kansas City Wizards1||1||0|
|W4||Kansas City Wizards||0|
|W2||Houston Dynamo (AET)||0||4|
1 The Kansas City Wizards earned the eighth and final playoff berth, despite finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference.
They represent the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket, as only three teams in the Western Conference qualified for the playoffs.
- Full article: MLS Golden Boot
|1||Luciano Emilio||D.C. United||29||20||1|
|2||Juan Pablo Ángel||New York Red Bulls||24||19||5|
|3||Taylor Twellman||New England Revolution||26||16||3|
|4||Eddie Johnson||Kansas City Wizards||24||15||6|
|5||Maykel Galindo||Chivas USA||28||12||5|
|6||Ante Razov||Chivas USA||26||11||8|
|7||Christian Gomez||D.C. United||27||10||9|
|8||Jozy Altidore||New York Red Bulls||22||9||4|
|9||Landon Donovan||Los Angeles Galaxy||24||8||13|
|10||Robbie Findley||Real Salt Lake||25||8||0|
|1||Pat Onstad||Houston Dynamo||27||2418||109||85||22||0.82||13-8-6||11|
|2||Brad Guzan||Chivas USA||27||2430||119||87||25||0.93||14-6-7||13|
|3||Bouna Coundoul||Colorado Rapids||30||2668||158||120||32||1.08||9-12-8||9|
|4||Jon Conway||New York Red Bulls||14||1143||79||57||14||1.10||6-5-2||4|
|5||Troy Perkins||D.C. United||29||2610||155||117||32||1.10||16-6-7||8|
Player of the WeekEdit
Player of the MonthEdit
|Month||Player of the Month||Club|
|April||Eddie Johnson||Kansas City Wizards|
|May||Juan Pablo Ángel||New York Red Bulls|
|June||Juan Pablo Ángel||New York Red Bulls|
|July||Guillermo Barros Schelotto||Columbus Crew|
|August||Troy Perkins||D.C. United|
|September||Luciano Emilio||D.C. United|
|October||Matt Pickens||Chicago Fire|
Goal Of The WeekEdit
Team Attendance TotalsEdit
|Los Angeles Galaxy||15||390,132||26,009|
|New England Revolution||15||263,706||17,580|
|Real Salt Lake||15||242,690||16,179|
|New York Red Bulls||15||238,925||15,928|
|San Jose Earthquakes||15||416,258||13,875|
|Kansas City Wizards||15||160,286||10,686|
CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2007Edit
Finished in fourth place and did not advance from
Group A after going 0-1-2 in group play.
Copa Sudamericana 2007Edit
2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open CupEdit
Eight of the twelve U.S.-based MLS teams entered the tournament in the Third Round.
Defeated Atlanta Silverbacks on penalty kicks in the Third Round,
Defeated Charleston Battery after extra time in the Quarterfinals,
Defeated Seattle Sounders (USL) after extra time in the Semifinals,
Lost to New England Revolution in the Final.
New England Revolution
Defeated Rochester Raging Rhinos in the Third Round.
Defeated Harrisburg City Islanders in the Quarterfinals.
Defeated Carolina RailHawks after extra time in the Semifinals.
Defeated FC Dallas in the Final.
MLS All-Stars 2-0 Celtic F.C.
- Columbus Crew: Sigi Schmid
- D.C. United: Tom Soehn
- Kansas City Wizards: Curt Onalfo
- Toronto FC: Mo Johnston