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2005 Major League Soccer Season
2005 Major League Soccer season
Season 2005
MLS Cup Los Angeles Galaxy (2nd title)
Supporters' Shield S.J. Earthquakes (1st shield)
Matches played 192
Goals scored 551 (2.87 per match)
Top goalscorer Taylor Twellman
N.E. Revolution
Goals: 17
Biggest home win CHV 5-1 RSL
DCU 5-1 RSL
Biggest away win CLB 0-4 KCW
Highest scoring NY 5-4 NE
Longest winning run N.E. Revolution
Games: 6
(04/09 - 05/14)
S.J. Earthquakes
Games: 6
(08/20 - 09/21)
Longest unbeaten run S.J. Earthquakes
Games: 14
(07/20/2005)
Longest losing run Real Salt Lake
Games: 10
(08/10 - 10/05)
Highest attendance Los Angeles Galaxy
Season: 387,256
Game Avg.: 24,204
Lowest attendance K.C. Wizards
Season: 155,060
Game Avg.: 9,691
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,900,716
Game Avg.: 15,108
2004 season

The 2005 Major League Soccer season was the tenth season of Major League Soccer. The season began on April 2, 2005, and concluded on November 13, 2005 with the first Supporters' Shield victory for the San Jose Earthquakes and a second MLS Cup victory for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Changes from 2004 Season

2005 in Summary

The New England Revolution and FC Dallas began the year as the league's dominant teams, especially when Dallas acquired Carlos Ruiz in a trade after Landon Donovan returned from a disappointing stint with Bayer Leverkusen and wanted to play with his hometown Los Angeles Galaxy. Injuries and inconsistent play slowed FC Dallas down as the season wore on, and the 2001 and 2003 MLS Cup champion San Jose Earthquakes eventually won the regular-season Supporters' Shield with the third-best record in the league's 10-year history. FC Dallas opened its new stadium, Pizza Hut Park, in August, although it did not operate at full capacity until November. As he did at the Home Depot Center, Ruiz scored the first two goals in the new stadium in a 2-2 tie against the MetroStars.

Expansion franchises Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA struggled in their first season, making playoff qualification a routine matter for the other four Western Conference teams. Chivas USA proved a disappointment in terms of consistent attendance, but its derbies against Los Angeles added excitement and intensity to the calendar, even though the Galaxy won all five (four regular season and one U.S. Open Cup) meetings. Real Salt Lake finished second in the league in attendance.

The MetroStars fired head coach Bob Bradley late in the season and qualified for the playoffs with a 2-0 win over Chivas USA on the final day of the season. Their campaign was boosted by former French international Youri Djorkaeff, who proved one of the league's most successful international signings and took over as MetroStars captain.

In the playoffs, Western Conference No. 4 seed Los Angeles knocked off rival San Jose behind inspired play from former Earthquake Donovan. Colorado edged Dallas on penalty kicks after a classic overtime that saw each team score in overtime and Ruiz hit the post with a penalty kick. In the Eastern Conference, New England rallied from a 2-0 aggregate deficit with three goals in the game's final 25 minutes to beat the MetroStars in snowy Gillette Stadium. Defending champion D.C. United crashed out after a 4-0 home loss to the Chicago Fire.

In the conference finals, Donovan scored twice to lead the Galaxy past Colorado, and an early Clint Dempsey goal carried New England into the final. Fire players thought they had tied the game in stoppage time, but a linesman's controversial offside call (proven correct by video replay) denied them the equalizer.

For the second time in four years, Los Angeles beat New England 1-0 in overtime to win MLS Cup. Maligned Guatemalan forward Pando Ramirez, whose only goal on the season came on a penalty kick that hit the post and went in off Joe Cannon's back, scored the game's only goal before a sellout crowd at Pizza Hut Park.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 New England Revolution 59 32 17 7 8 55 37 +18
2 D.C. United 54 32 16 10 6 58 37 +21
3 Chicago Fire 49 32 15 13 4 49 50 -1
4 MetroStars 47 32 12 9 11 53 49 +4
5 Kansas City Wizards 45 32 11 9 12 52 44 +8
6 Columbus Crew 38 32 11 16 5 34 45 -11


Western Conference

Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 San Jose Earthquakes 64 32 18 4 10 53 31 +22
2 FC Dallas 48 32 13 10 9 52 44 +8
3 Colorado Rapids 45 32 13 13 6 40 37 +3
4 Los Angeles Galaxy 45 32 13 13 6 44 45 -1
5 Real Salt Lake 20 32 5 22 5 30 65 -35
6 Chivas USA 18 32 4 22 6 31 67 -36


Overall

Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 San Jose Earthquakes (W1) 64 32 18 4 10 53 31 +22
2 New England Revolution (E1) 59 32 17 7 8 55 37 +18
3 D.C. United (E2) 54 32 16 10 6 58 37 +21
4 Chicago Fire (E3) 49 32 15 13 4 49 50 -1
5 FC Dallas (W2) 48 32 13 10 9 52 44 +8
6 MetroStars 47 32 12 9 11 53 49 +4
7 Colorado Rapids (W3) 45 32 13 13 6 40 37 +3
8 Los Angeles Galaxy 45 32 13 13 6 44 45 -1
9 Kansas City Wizards 45 32 11 9 12 52 44 +8
10 Columbus Crew 38 32 11 16 5 34 45 -11
11 Real Salt Lake 20 32 5 22 5 30 65 -35
12 Chivas USA 18 32 4 22 6 31 67 -36


MLS Cup Playoffs

Bracket

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2005
                             


E1 New England 0 3  
E4 MetroStars 1 1  
  E1 New England 1  
Eastern Conference
  E3 Chicago 0  
E3 Chicago 0 4
E2 D.C. 0 0  
  E1 New England 0
  W4 Los Angeles 1
W1 San Jose 1 1  
W4 Los Angeles 3 1  
  W4 Los Angeles 2
Western Conference
  W3 Colorado 0  
W3 Colorado 0 2(5)
W2 Dallas 0 2(4)  

Conference Semifinals

October 22, 2005
Giants Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey

Attendance: 10,003
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela

October 29, 2005
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts

Attendance: 9,581
Referee: Brian Hall

New England Revolution advance 3-2 on aggregate.


October 21, 2005
Soldier Field
Chicago

Attendance: 11,493
Referee: Brian Hall

October 30, 2005
Chicago Fire 4-0 D.C. United
Stewart Goal 10'
Guerrero Goal 37'
Guerrero Goal 45+5'
Segares YC 52'
Marsch Goal 67'
Report Olsen YC 21'
Gómez Red card 55'
Filomeno YC 71'
Adu YC 80'
RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.

Attendance: 20,089
Referee: Kevin Stott

Chicago Fire advance 4-0 on aggregate.


October 23, 2005
Home Depot Center
Carson, California

Attendance: 17,466
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja

October 29, 2005
Spartan Stadium
San Jose, California

Attendance: 17,824
Referee: Alex Prus

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 4-2 on aggregate.


October 22, 2005
INVESCO Field
Denver, Colorado

Attendance: 9,625
Referee: Michael Kennedy

October 29, 2005
Pizza Hut Park
Frisco, Texas

Attendance: 10,104
Referee: Terry Vaughn

Colorado Rapids advance 5-4 on penalties (2-2 on aggregate).


Conference finals

November 5, 2005
INVESCO Field
Denver, Colorado

Attendance: 12,789
Referee: Brian Hall

November 6, 2005
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts

Attendance: 18,118
Referee: Terry Vaughn

MLS Cup 2005

November 13, 2005
Pizza Hut Park
Frisco, Texas

Attendance: 21,193
Referee: Kevin Stott

Conference champions New England Revolution and Los Angeles Galaxy
earn MLS berths to CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2006.

Team Awards

Individual awards

Top Goal Scorers

Goal-Scoring Totals

Club Overall
Record
Goals
For
Goals
For Avg.
Goals
Against
Goals
Against Avg.
D.C. United 16-10-6 58 1.81 (1st) 27 1.16 (2nd)
New England Revolution 17-7-8 55 1.72 (2nd) 37 1.16 (2nd)
MetroStars 12-9-11 53 1.66 (3rd) 49 1.53 (9th)
San Jose Earthquakes 18-4-10 53 1.66 (4th) 31 0.97 (1st)
FC Dallas 13-10-9 52 1.63 (5th) 44 1.38 (5th)
Kansas City Wizards 11-9-12 52 1.63 (6th) 44 1.38 (5th)
Chicago Fire 15-13-4 49 1.53 (7th) 50 1.56 (10th)
Los Angeles Galaxy 13-13-6 44 1.38 (8th) 45 1.41 (7th)
Colorado Rapids 13-13-6 40 1.25 (9th) 37 1.16 (2nd)
Columbus Crew 11-16-5 34 1.06 (10th) 45 1.41 (7th)
CD Chivas USA 4-22-6 31 0.97 (11th) 67 2.09 (12th)
Real Salt Lake 5-22-5 30 0.94 (12th) 65 2.03 (11th)
Overall Totals 551 2.87

Team Attendance Totals

Club Stadium Games Season Game Avg.
Chicago Fire Soldier Field 16 275,811 17,238
Colorado Rapids INVESCO Field 16 218,206 13,638
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew Stadium 16 206,654 12,916
MetroStars Giants Stadium 16 241,230 15,077
Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium 16 155,060 9,691
D.C. United Robert F. Kennedy Stadium 16 266,617 16,664
New England Revolution Gillette Stadium 16 200,397 12,525
Los Angeles Galaxy Home Depot Center 16 387,256 24,204
San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium 16 208,594 13,037
FC Dallas Pizza Hut Park 16 179,021 11,189
CD Chivas USA Home Depot Center 16 273,284 17,080
Real Salt Lake Rice-Eccles Stadium 16 288,586 18,037
MLS Totals 192 2,900,716 15,108

References


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