1998 Major League Soccer Season
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1998 Major League Soccer Season
1998 Major League Soccer season
Season 1998
MLS Cup Chicago Fire (1st title)
Supporters' Shield Los Angeles Galaxy (1st shield)
Matches played 192
Goals scored 685 (3.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Stern John
(26 goals)
Longest winning run Chicago Fire
Games: 11
(05/16 - 07/09)
Longest losing run New England Revolution
Games: 9
(05/13 - 07/04)
Highest attendance Los Angeles Galaxy
Season: 348,549
Game Avg.: 21,784
Lowest attendance Kansas City Wizards
Season: 129,163
Game Avg.: 8,073
Total attendance 2,747,897
Average attendance 14,312
1997
1999 ->

The 1998 Major League Soccer season was the third season of Major League Soccer. Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion played their inaugural seasons as the first two MLS expansion teams. Chicago would become the first expansion team to win the MLS Cup and the first to win it in the inaugural year.

Final standings

  • 3 points were awarded for a win.
  • 1 point was awarded for a shootout win and considered a win in the standings.
  • No points were awarded for a loss or a shootout loss, with the latter being considered a loss in the standings
  • The top four teams in each conference advanced to the playoffs.

Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference P W SW SL L WIR SO LIR GF GA GD APts Pts
D.C. United 32 24 7 3 8 17 10 5 81 51 30 61 58
Columbus Crew 32 15 0 5 17 15 5 12 67 61 6 50 45
MetroStars 32 15 3 4 17 12 7 13 57 63 -6 43 39
Miami Fusion 32 15 5 0 17 10 5 17 51 68 -17 35 35
Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 12 1 5 20 11 6 15 47 62 -15 39 34
New England Revolution 32 11 2 4 21 9 6 17 53 66 -13 33 29

Western Conference

Western Conference P W SW SL L WIR SO LIR GF GA GD APts Pts
Los Angeles Galaxy (SS) 32 24 2 2 8 22 4 6 85 44 41 70 68
Chicago Fire 32 20 2 2 12 18 4 10 62 45 17 58 56
Colorado Rapids 32 16 2 2 16 14 4 14 62 69 -7 46 44
Dallas Burn 32 15 4 2 17 11 6 15 43 59 -16 39 37
San Jose Clash 32 13 3 5 19 10 8 14 48 60 -12 38 33
Kansas City Wizards 32 12 2 4 20 10 6 16 45 50 -5 36 32

MLS Cup Playoffs

Bracket

  • The ties were a best of three series.
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup '98
                                   
  E1 D.C. 2 0 (3) x  
E4 Miami 1 0 (2) x  
  E1 D.C. 2 2 3  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Columbus 0 4 0  
E2 Columbus 5 1 (3) x
  E3 New York/New Jersey 3 1 (2) x  
    E1 D.C. 0
  W2 Chicago 2
  W1 Los Angeles 6 3 x  
W4 Dallas 1 2 x  
  W1 Los Angeles 0 1 (1) x
Western Conference
  W2 Chicago 1 1 (2) x  
W2 Chicago 2 1 x
  W3 Colorado 1 0 x  

Conference semifinals

Eastern Conference

September 30, 1998
Game 1
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 15,187

October 4, 1998
Game 2
D.C. United 0-0
3-2 (S.O.)
Miami Fusion
  • D.C. United advance 2-0, to the Conference Finals.

September 30, 1998
Game 1
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 10,996

October 3, 1998
Game 2
Columbus Crew 1-1
3-2 (S.O.)
MetroStars
  • Columbus Crew advance 2-0, to the Conference Finals.

Western Conference

  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 2-0, to the Conference Finals.

October 1, 1998
Game 1
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 12,610
  • Chicago Fire advance 2-0, to the Conference Finals.

Conference finals

Eastern Conference

October 11, 1998
Game 1
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 17,755

October 18, 1998
Game 2
D.C. United 2-4 Columbus Crew
Sanneh Goal 65'
Lassiter Goal 77'
McBride Goal 8',47'
Dooley Goal 37'
John Goal 81'
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 13,193

October 21, 1998
Game 3
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 21,453
  • D.C. United advance 2-1, to MLS Cup '98

Western Conference

October 16, 1998
Game 2
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1
1-2 (SO)
Chicago Fire
Pena Goal 37' Nowak Goal 31'
Soldier Field
Chicago
Attendance: 32,744
  • Chicago Fire advance 2-0, to MLS Cup '98

MLS Cup '98

October 25, 1998
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, California
Attendance: 51,350

Referee: Kevin Terry

Player awards

Weekly award

Monthly awards

End of year awards

Award Player Team
Most Valuable Player Bolivia Marco Etcheverry D.C. United
Scoring Champion Trinidad and Tobago Stern John - (57 Pts.) Columbus Crew
Defender of the Year Czech Republic Lubos Kubik Chicago Fire
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Zach Thornton Chicago Fire
Rookie of the Year United States Ben Olsen D.C. United
Coach of the Year United States Bob Bradley Chicago Fire
Goal of the Year United States Brian McBride Columbus Crew
Fair Play Award United States Thomas Dooley Columbus Crew

Player statistics

Top goal scorers

Attendance

Club Games Home Total Home Average
Chicago Fire 16 286,190 17,886
Colorado Rapids 16 236,995 14,812
Columbus Crew 16 196,394 12,274
D.C. United 16 256,127 16,007
Dallas Burn 16 175,162 10,947
Kansas City Wizards 16 129,163 8,072
Los Angeles Galaxy 16 348,549 21,784
MetroStars 16 264,316 16,519
Miami Fusion 16 164,548 10,284
New England Revolution 16 307,004 19,187
San Jose Clash 16 218,450 13,653
Tampa Bay Mutiny 16 164,999 10,312
OVERALL 192 2,747,897 14,311

International Competition

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Interamerican Cup

First leg played at RFK Stadium
Second leg played at Lockhart Stadium.

References


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