2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
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2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
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Country United States
Teams 8
Defending champions Houston Dynamo
Champions Columbus Crew (1st title)
Runners-up New York Red Bulls
Semi-finalists
Matches played 11
Goals scored 25 (2.27 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)
United States John Wolyniec
(2 goals each)
2007
2009 ->

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.

Format

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.

Standings

Conference standings

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


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


Overall standings

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

Bracket

  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 Semifinals

Columbus Crew 1 - 1 Kansas City Wizards
Padula Yellow card 84'
Lenhart Goal 90+2'
Carroll Yellow card 90+3'
[1] Jewsbury Yellow card 40'
Arnaud Goal 53'
Gomez Red card 75'
Attendance: 10,385
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Kansas City Wizards 0 - 2 Columbus Crew
Arnaud Yellow card 39'
Wahl Yellow card 49'
[2] Evans Goal 7' Yellow card 63'
Rogers Goal 57' Yellow card 66'
Hejduk Yellow card 87'
Ekpo Yellow card 90'

Attendance: 5,221
Referee: Alex Prus
New England Revolution 0 - 3 Chicago Fire
Albright Yellow card 7' Yellow cardRed card 83'
Igwe Yellow card 45+2'
Joseph Yellow card 53'
[4] Thorrington Yellow card 36'
Rolfe Goal 45+2'
Conde Goal 47'
Busch Yellow card 62'
Segares Goal 74'
Attendance: 17,312
Referee: Jair Marrufo

Houston Dynamo 1 - 1 New York Red Bulls
Mullan Yellow card 53'
Kamara Goal 85'
[5] Richards Yellow card 29'
Angel Yellow card 37' Goal 48'
Attendance: 11,578
Referee: Kevin Stott
Attendance: 30,053
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Attendance: 14,719
Real Salt Lake 2 - 2 Chivas USA
Mathis Yellow card 10'
Borchers Yellow card 30'
Kovalenko Goal 39' Yellow card 42'
Morales Goal 77'
[8] Nagamura Yellow card 22'
Kljestan Goal 30' (pen.)
Bornstein Yellow card 60'
Braun Goal 83'
Razov Yellow card 86'
Thomas Yellow card 90+1'

Conference finals

Chicago Fire 1-2 Columbus Crew
Soumare Yellow card 22'
McBride Goal 29'
Segares Yellow card 48'
Prideaux Yellow card 67'
[9] Marshall Goal 49'
Gaven Goal 55'
O'Rourke Yellow card 57'
Hesmer Yellow card 90+2'
Attendance: 14,688
Referee: Terry Vaughn

Attendance: 20,008
Referee: Jair Marrufo

MLS Cup

Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Additional References


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