2004 MLS Season
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2004 MLS Season
2004 Major League Soccer season
Season 2004
MLS Cup D.C. United (4th title)
Supporters' Shield Columbus Crew (1st shield)
Matches played 150
Goals scored 392 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Brian Ching
San Jose Earthquakes Goals: 12
Eddie Johnson
Dallas Burn
Goals: 12
Biggest home win NE 6-1 COL
Biggest away win LA 0-3 NY
DAL 0-3 NE
CHI 0-3 COL
Highest scoring SJ 5-5 NY
Longest winning run Columbus Crew
Games: 4
(05/15 - 06/06)
Columbus Crew
Games: 4
(09/04 - 09/25)
Longest unbeaten run Columbus Crew
Games: 18
(07/03/2004)
Longest losing run Dallas Burn
Games: 4
(05/08 - 05/29)
Highest attendance Los Angeles Galaxy
Season: 357,137
Game Avg.: 23,809
Lowest attendance Dallas Burn
Season: 136,319
Game Avg.: 9,088
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,333,797
Game Avg.: 15,559
2003 season

The 2004 Major League Soccer season culminated with D.C. United winning its fourth MLS Cup championship.

The biggest news in the beginning of the season was the signing of 14-year-old prodigy Freddy Adu, who made his debut as a substitute in United's season opener and scored his first goal several games later against the rival MetroStars. Adu contributed as a substitute on D.C.'s championship team, scoring five goals as the youngest player in North American sports history.

The season saw the emergence of forwards Brian Ching (San Jose) and Eddie Johnson (Dallas) as formidable forwards, not only for their MLS teams, but for the United States national team as well. The two shared Golden Boot honors.

The Columbus Crew emerged as a dominant team in the second half of the regular season, running off an MLS-record 18-game unbeaten streak en route to the Supporters' Shield title, won after finishing level on points with Kansas City.

Playoffs

In the playoffs the Crew were taken down by the New England Revolution, who ended the Crew's streak in the opening leg, and goalkeeper Matt Reis, who saved two penalty kicks in the second leg. United cruised past the rival MetroStars (and league MVP Amado Guevara) 4-0 on aggregate in the other Eastern Conference semifinal.

In the Western Conference, Kansas City rallied from a 2-0 first-leg deficit for a dramatic 3-0 win in stoppage time over the defending MLS Cup champion San Jose Earthquakes in their conference semifinal. The Los Angeles Galaxy used a 2-0 home victory in the second leg to overcome the Colorado Rapids and goalie Joe Cannon, who had led the Rapids to a 1-0 victory in the opener.

In the conference finals, Kansas City used two goals from unsung forward Davy Arnaud, who enjoyed a breakout season, to beat the Galaxy and return to the final for the first time since 2000. D.C. United and New England hooked up in the Eastern Conference final in one of the best games in MLS playoff history. Playing at home, D.C. United took three different leads, only to see New England recover each time to tie the match 3-3 in a game full of highlight-reel goals. The match was finally decided by the first conventional shootout in MLS history, with Nick Rimando saving the first 'sudden death' penalty from Rookie of the Year Clint Dempsey to send D.C. to the championship.

In the second consecutive final held at the Home Depot Center, D.C. rebounded from an early Jose Burciaga goal by scoring three goals in eight minutes, including two from Alecko Eskandarian to take a 3-1 lead. In the second half, Dema Kovalenko became the first player to be sent off in an MLS Cup final after knocking a shot off the goal line with his hand. Although Josh Wolff converted the penalty kick, D.C. United held on with only 10 men to win its fourth championship in the nine-year history of MLS.

Play-off Bracket

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2004
                             


E1 Columbus 0 1  
E4 New England (wins 2-1 agg.) 1 1  
  E4 New England 3  
Eastern Conference
  E3 D.C. (wins 4-3 on PK's) 3*  
E3 D.C. (wins 4-0 agg.) 2 2
E2 MetroStars 0 0  
  E3 D.C. 3
  W1 Kansas City 2
W1 Kansas City (wins 3-2 agg.) 0 3  
W4 San Jose 2 0  
  W1 Kansas City 2
Western Conference
  W3 Los Angeles 0  
W3 Los Angeles (wins 2-1 agg.) 0 2
W2 Colorado 1 0  

Final standings

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
s - Columbus Crew 30 12 5 13 40 32 8 49
x - D.C. United 30 11 10 9 43 42 1 42
x - MetroStars 30 11 12 7 47 49 -2 40
x - New England Revolution 30 8 13 9 42 43 -1 33
Chicago Fire 30 8 13 9 36 44 -8 33
Western Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
x - Kansas City Wizards 30 14 9 7 38 30 8 49
x - Los Angeles Galaxy 30 11 9 10 42 40 2 43
x - Colorado Rapids 30 10 9 11 29 32 -3 41
x - San Jose Earthquakes 30 9 10 11 41 35 6 38
Dallas Burn 30 10 14 6 34 45 -11 36

Overall

Pos Club GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 Columbus Crew 30 12 5 13 40 32 8 49
2 Kansas City Wizards 30 14 9 7 38 30 8 49
3 Los Angeles Galaxy 30 11 9 10 42 40 2 43
4 D.C. United 30 11 10 9 43 42 1 42
5 Colorado Rapids 30 10 9 11 29 32 -3 41
6 MetroStars 30 11 12 7 47 49 -2 40
7 San Jose Earthquakes 30 9 10 11 41 35 6 38
8 Dallas Burn 30 10 14 6 34 45 -11 36
9 New England Revolution 30 8 13 9 42 43 -1 33
10 Chicago Fire 30 8 13 9 36 44 -8 33
  • The top four teams in each conference make the playoffs.

s = Supporters Shield
x = playoff berth

MLS Cup Playoffs

Conference Semifinals

October 31, 2004
Crew Stadium
Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 15,224
Referee: Alex Prus

New England Revolution advance 2-1 on aggregate.


October 23, 2004
Giants Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey

Attendance: 11,161
Referee: Kevin Stott

October 30, 2004
MetroStars 0-2 D.C. United
Flores YC 6'
Guevara YC 18'
Clark YC 45+1'
Pope YC 88'
Report Olsen YC 27'
Namoff YC 35'
Kovalenko YC 41'
Nelsen YC 61'
Moreno Goal 85'
Adu YC 86'
Namoff Goal 89'
RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.

Attendance: 15,763
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela

D.C. United advance 4-0 on aggregate.


October 30, 2004
Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri

Attendance: 10,022
Referee: Terry Vaugn

Kansas City Wizards advance 3-2 on aggregate.


October 22, 2004
INVESCO Field
Denver, Colorado

Attendance: 8,028
Referee: Terry Vaughn

October 30, 2004
Home Depot Center
Carson, California

Attendance: 20,026
Referee: Michael Kennedy

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 2-1 on aggregate.


Conference finals

November 5, 2004
Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri

Attendance: 11,931
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja

November 6, 2004
RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.

Attendance: 21,201
Referee: Terry Vaughn

D.C. United advance 4-3 on penalties (3-3 after extra time).


MLS Cup 2004

November 14, 2004
Home Depot Center
Carson, California

Attendance: 25,797
Referee: Michael Kennedy

D.C. United wins the MLS Cup
Kansas City Wizards and D.C. United earn MLS berths to
CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2005.

Team Awards

Individual awards

Top Goal Scorers

Goal-Scoring Totals

Club Overall
Record
Goals
For
Goals
For Avg.
Goals
Against
Goals
Against Avg.
MetroStars 11-12-7 47 1.57 (1st) 49 1.63 (10th)
D.C. United 11-10-9 43 1.43 (2nd) 42 1.40 (6th)
Los Angeles Galaxy 11-9-10 42 1.40 (3rd) 40 1.33 (5th)
New England Revolution 8-13-9 42 1.40 (4th) 43 1.43 (7th)
San Jose Earthquakes 9-10-11 41 1.37 (5th) 35 1.17 (4th)
Columbus Crew 12-5-13 40 1.33 (6th) 32 1.07 (2nd)
Kansas City Wizards 14-9-7 38 1.27 (7th) 30 1.00 (1st)
Chicago Fire 8-13-9 36 1.20 (8th) 44 1.47 (8th)
Dallas Burn 10-14-6 34 1.13 (9th) 45 1.50 (9th)
Colorado Rapids 10-9-11 29 0.97 (10th) 32 1.07 (2nd)
Overall Totals 392 2.61

Team Attendance Totals

Club Stadium Games Season Game Avg.
Chicago Fire Soldier Field 15 257,295 17,153
Colorado Rapids INVESCO Field 15 212,925 14,195
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew Stadium 15 253,079 16,872
MetroStars Giants Stadium 15 257,923 17,195
Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium 15 222,235 14,816
D.C. United Robert F. Kennedy Stadium 15 258,484 17,232
New England Revolution Gillette Stadium 15 183,385 12,226
Los Angeles Galaxy Home Depot Center 15 357,137 23,809
San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium 15 195,015 13,001
Dallas Burn Cotton Bowl 15 136,319 9,088
MLS Totals 150 2,333,797 15,559

References


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