2008 MLS Cup Playoffs

The 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs were the postseason to Major League Soccer's 2008 season, and culminated with MLS Cup 2008 on November 23, 2008 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
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CountryUnited States
Teams8
Defending championsHouston Dynamo
ChampionsColumbus Crew (1st title)
Runners-upNew York Red Bulls
Semi-finalists
Matches played11
Goals scored25 (2.27 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel
United States Chad Marshall

United States John Wolyniec
(2 goals each)
2007
2009

FormatEdit

At the 2008 season's end, the top three teams of each conference made the playoffs; in addition the clubs with the next two highest point totals, regardless of conference, were added to the playoffs. In the first round of this knockout tournament, aggregate goals over two matches determined the winners; the Conference Championships were one match each, with the winner of each conference advancing to MLS Cup. In all rounds, the tie-breaking method was two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. The away goals rule was not used.

StandingsEdit

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew 57 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14
2 Chicago Fire 46 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11
3 New England Revolution 43 30 12 11 7 40 43 –3
4 Kansas City Wizards 42 30 11 10 9 37 39 –2
5 New York Red Bulls 39 30 10 11 9 42 48 –6
6 D.C. United 37 30 11 15 4 43 51 –8
7 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 34 43 –9
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)


Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Houston Dynamo 51 30 13 5 12 45 32 +13
2 Chivas USA 43 30 12 11 7 40 41 –1
3 Real Salt Lake 40 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1
4 Colorado Rapids 38 30 11 14 5 44 45 –1
5 FC Dallas 36 30 8 10 12 45 41 +4
6 LA Galaxy 33 30 8 13 9 55 62 –7
7 San Jose Earthquakes 33 30 8 13 9 32 38 –6
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)


Overall standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 Columbus Crew (SS, E1) 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14 57 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Houston Dynamo (W1) 30 13 5 12 45 32 +13 51
3 Chicago Fire 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11 46 2009 North American SuperLiga 4
4 Chivas USA 30 12 11 7 40 41 −1 43
5 New England Revolution 30 12 11 7 40 43 −3 43
6 Kansas City Wizards 30 11 10 9 37 39 −2 42
7 Real Salt Lake 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1 40 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
8 New York Red Bulls 30 10 11 9 42 48 −6 39 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 3
9 Colorado Rapids 30 11 14 5 44 45 −1 38
10 D.C. United 30 11 15 4 43 51 −8 37 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 3
11 FC Dallas 30 8 10 12 45 41 +4 36
12 Toronto FC 30 9 13 8 34 43 −9 35
13 LA Galaxy 30 8 13 9 55 62 −7 33
14 San Jose Earthquakes 30 8 13 9 32 38 −6 33

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner; (E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (W1) = Western Conference champion

BracketEdit

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2008
                             


E1 Columbus 1 2  
E4 Kansas City 1 0  
  E1 Columbus 2  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Chicago 1  
E3 New England 0 0
E2 Chicago 0 3  
  E1 Columbus 3
  W4 New York 1
W1 Houston 1 0  
W4 New York 1 3  
  W4 New York 1
Western Conference
  W3 Salt Lake 0  
W3 Salt Lake 1 2
W2 Chivas USA 0 2  

1 The New York Red Bulls 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.

Conference SemifinalsEdit

Columbus Crew1 – 1Kansas City Wizards
Padula   84'
Lenhart   90+2'
Carroll   90+3'
[1] Jewsbury   40'
Arnaud   53'
Gomez   75'
Attendance: 10,385
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Kansas City Wizards0 – 2Columbus Crew
Arnaud   39'
Wahl   49'
[2] Evans   7'   63'
Rogers   57'   66'
Hejduk   87'
Ekpo   90'

Chicago Fire0 – 0New England Revolution
Soumare   16'
Pause   59'
Blanco   69'
[3] Mansally   42'
Castro   73'
Attendance: 5,221
Referee: Alex Prus
New England Revolution0 – 3Chicago Fire
Albright   7'   83'  
Igwe   45+2'
Joseph   53'
[4] Thorrington   36'
Rolfe   45+2'
Conde   47'
Busch   62'
Segares   74'
Attendance: 17,312
Referee: Jair Marrufo

Houston Dynamo1 – 1New York Red Bulls
Mullan   53'
Kamara   85'
[5] Richards   29'
Angel   37'   48'
Attendance: 11,578
Referee: Kevin Stott
New York Red Bulls3 – 0Houston Dynamo
van den Bergh   5'
Richards   25'
Goldthwaite   28'
Angel   36' (pen.)
Sassano   45+2'
Wolyniec   81'
[6] Robinson   62'
Onstad   69'
Mullan   73'
Attendance: 30,053
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Chivas USA0 – 1Real Salt Lake
Razov   66'
Thomas   75'
[7] Williams   29'
Beckerman   42'
Movsisyan   90'
Attendance: 14,719
Real Salt Lake2 – 2Chivas USA
Mathis   10'
Borchers   30'
Kovalenko   39'   42'
Morales   77'
[8] Nagamura   22'
Kljestan   30' (pen.)
Bornstein   60'
Braun   83'
Razov   86'
Thomas   90+1'

Conference finalsEdit

Chicago Fire1–2Columbus Crew
Soumare   22'
McBride   29'
Segares   48'
Prideaux   67'
[9] Marshall   49'
Gaven   55'
O'Rourke   57'
Hesmer   90+2'
Attendance: 14,688
Referee: Terry Vaughn

New York Red Bulls1–0Real Salt Lake
van den Bergh   28'
Goldthwaite   45'
Rojas   64'
Leitch   90+4'
[10]
Attendance: 20,008
Referee: Jair Marrufo

MLS CupEdit

New York Red Bulls1–3Columbus Crew
Leitch   4'
Wolyniec   51'
Moreno   31'
Marshall   53'
Padula   68'
Hejduk   82'
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Additional ReferencesEdit