2002 MLS Season
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2002 MLS Season
2002 Major League Soccer season
Season 2002
MLS Cup Los Angeles Galaxy (1st title)
Supporters' Shield Los Angeles Galaxy (2nd shield)
Matches played 140
Goals scored 421 (3.01 per match)
Top goalscorer Carlos Ruiz
Los Angeles Galaxy
Goals: 24
Highest attendance Colorado Rapids
Season: 289,663
Game Avg.: 20,690
Lowest attendance San Jose Earthquakes
Season: 156,104
Game Avg.: 11,150
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,215,019
Game Avg.: 15,822
2001 season

The 2002 Major League Soccer season was the seventh season of competition for Major League Soccer.

On January 8, 2002, MLS folded two of its teams. The Miami Fusion F.C. ceased operations after only four years in existence due to low attendance and an unfavorable stadium deal. The Tampa Bay Mutiny also ceased operations due to the lack of local ownership. MLS eliminated the Central Division and returned to its original two-conference alignment.

Final standings

Conference

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
y - New England Revolution 28 12 14 2 49 49 0 38
x - Columbus Crew 28 11 12 5 44 43 1 38
x - Chicago Fire 28 11 13 4 43 38 5 37
MetroStars 28 11 15 2 41 47 -6 35
D.C. United 28 9 14 5 31 40 -9 32
Western Conference GP* W L D GF GA GD Pts
s - Los Angeles Galaxy 28 16 9 3 44 33 11 51
x - San Jose Earthquakes 28 14 11 3 45 35 10 45
x - Dallas Burn 28 12 9 7 44 43 1 43
x - Colorado Rapids 28 13 11 4 43 48 -5 43
x - Kansas City Wizards 28 9 10 9 37 45 -8 36
  • Top eight teams with the highest points clinch play-off berth, regardless of conference.
    x = Playoff berth
    y = Conference Winner (Season)
    s = Supporters Shield/Conference winner (Season)
  • New England Revolution wins first tiebreaker vs. Columbus Crew (head-to-head: 2-1-1)
    Dallas Burn wins first tiebreaker vs. Colorado Rapids (head-to-head: 2-1-1)

Overall

Source: MLSSoccer.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head record; 3rd goal difference; 4th number of goals scored.
(SS) = MLS Supporters' Shield; (E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (W1) = Western Conference champion
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff-contention.

  • ^Note 1 - Since Los Angeles Galaxy won MLS Cup 2002 and the Supporters' Shield, San Jose Earthquakes qualified for the CONCACAF Champions Cup by finishing as Supporters' Shield runners-up.
  • ^Note 2 - Since Kansas City Wizards, MetroStars, and D.C. United finished outside of the top seven in the league standings, they enter the U.S. Open Cup in the third round proper rather than fourth.

MLS Cup Playoffs

Playoff bracket

  Conference Semi-finals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2002
                                   
  1 Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* (6 Points) 3* 1 5  
8 Kansas City Wizards (3 Points) 2 4 2  
  1 Los Angeles Galaxy (6 Points) 4 1 x  
  4 Colorado Rapids (0 Points) 0 0 x  
3 Dallas Burn (4 Points) 4 0 1
  4 Colorado Rapids (SDET)** (4 Points) 2 1 1**  
    1 Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* 1
  5 New England Revolution 0
  5 New England Revolution (6 Points) 2 1 2  
7 Chicago Fire (3 Points) 0 2 0  
  5 New England Revolution (5 Points) 0 1 2
  6 Columbus Crew (2 Points) 0 0 2  
2 San Jose Earthquakes (0 Points) 1 1 x
  6 Columbus Crew (6 Points) 2 2 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.

Conference Semi-finals

September 25, 2002
Kansas City Wizards 2 - 3 (AET) Los Angeles Galaxy
Preki Goal 25'
Brown Goal 70'
Ruiz (Pen) Goal 62' Goal 99'
Jones Goal 85'

October 2, 2002
Kansas City Wizards 2 - 5 Los Angeles Galaxy
Klein Goal 47'
Preki Goal 72'
Ruiz Goal 34' Goal 66'
Jones Goal 45'+, Goal 62'
Tennyson Goal 93'
  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6-3 on points.

  • New England Revolution advance 6-3 on points.

  • Columbus Crew advance 6-0 on points.

September 25, 2002
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas

Attendance: 6,360

October 2, 2002
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas

Attendance: 8,008


  1 - 0 series OT (ASDET)  
Chung Golden goal 1'
  • Colorado Rapids advance in series (sudden death) overtime, after 4-4 tie on points.

Conference Finals

  • Los Angeles Galaxy advance 6-0 on points.

  • New England Revolution advance 5-2 on points.

MLS Cup 2002

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Club awards

Individual awards

Top goal scorers

Played for more than one team - Most Recent Team Listed*

Goal-scoring totals

Club Overall
Record
Goals
For
Goals For
Avg.
Goals
Against
Goals
Against Avg.
New England Revolution 12-14-2 49 1.75 (1st) 49 1.75 (10th)
San Jose Earthquakes 14-11-3 45 1.61 (2nd) 35 1.25 (2nd)
Columbus Crew 11-12-5 44 1.57 (3rd) 43 1.54 (5th)
Dallas Burn 12-9-7 44 1.57 (4th) 43 1.54 (5th)
Los Angeles Galaxy 16-9-3 44 1.57 (5th) 33 1.18 (1st)
Colorado Rapids 13-11-4 43 1.54 (6th) 48 1.71 (9th)
Chicago Fire 11-13-4 43 1.54 (7th) 38 1.36 (3rd)
MetroStars 11-15-2 41 1.46 (8th) 47 1.68 (8th)
Kansas City Wizards 9-10-9 37 1.32 (9th) 45 1.61 (7th)
D.C. United 9-14-5 31 1.11 (10th) 40 1.43 (4th)
Overall totals 421 3.01

Winningest coaches (by wins)

Coach Club Win Loss Draw Pct. Pts. OT Rec.
United States Sigi Schmid Los Angeles Galaxy 16 9 3 0.625 51 3-3-3
Canada Frank Yallop San Jose Earthquakes 14 11 3 0.554 45 1-0-3
United States Tim Hankinson Colorado Rapids 13 11 4 0.536 43 1-1-4
United States Mike Jeffries Dallas Burn 12 9 7 0.554 43 3-0-7
United States Greg Andrulis Columbus Crew 11 12 5 0.482 38 1-3-5
United States Bob Bradley Chicago Fire 11 13 4 0.464 37 2-1-4
Ecuador Octavio Zambrano MetroStars 11 15 2 0.429 35 1-1-2
Scotland Steve Nicol New England Revolution 10 10 1 0.500 31 0-1-1
United States Bob Gansler Kansas City Wizards 9 10 9 0.482 36 0-2-9
England Ray Hudson D.C. United 9 14 5 0.411 32 2-2-5
United States Fernando Clavijo New England Revolution 2 4 1 0.357 7 0-0-1

Team attendance totals

Club Games Season Game Avg.
Colorado Rapids 14 289,663 20,690
Los Angeles Galaxy 14 266,664 19,047
MetroStars 14 254,174 18,155
Columbus Crew 14 243,999 17,429
New England Revolution 14 236,973 16,927
D.C. United 14 231,264 16,519
Dallas Burn 14 183,702 13,122
Chicago Fire 14 180,908 12,922
Kansas City Wizards 14 171,568 12,255
San Jose Earthquakes 14 156,104 11,150
OVERALL 140 2,215,019 15,822

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