2001 Major League Soccer season

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2001 Major League Soccer season
Season2001
MLS CupSan Jose Earthquakes (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldMiami Fusion (1st shield)
2002 CONCACAF Champions' CupSan Jose Earthquakes
Matches played158
Goals scored519 (3.28 per match)
Top goalscorerAlex Pineda Chacon
Miami Fusion F.C.
Goals: 19
Highest attendanceD.C. United
Season: 258,213
Game Avg.: 21,518
Lowest attendanceSan Jose Earthquakes
Season: 125,250
Game Avg.: 9,635
Total attendance2,363,859
Average attendance14,961
2000
2002
2001 Major League Soccer season is located in the United States
D.C. United
D.C.
United
MetroStars
MetroStars
Miami Fusion
Miami
Fusion
New England Revolution
New England Revolution
Chicago Fire
Chicago
Fire
Columbus Crew
Columbus Crew
Dallas Burn
Dallas
Burn
Tampa Bay Mutiny
Tampa Bay Mutiny
Colorado Rapids
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Galaxy
Kansas City Wizards
Kansas City Wizards
San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes
Locations of teams for the 2001 Major League Soccer season
Western Division   Central Division   Eastern Division

The 2001 Major League Soccer season was the sixth season of Major League Soccer. It was also the 89th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer in the United States, and the 23rd with a national first-division league.

The season was shortened due to the September 11 attacks, with the final weeks' regular season matches being canceled. Due to the different number of games played, playoff ordering was determined by points per game, instead of total points.[1]

The regular season began on April 7, and concluded prematurely on September 9. The 2001 MLS Cup Playoffs began on September 20, and concluded with MLS Cup 2001 on October 21. The Miami Fusion won their first Supporters' Shield and the San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy in the final to win their first MLS Cup.

Overview[edit]

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Chicago Fire Soldier Field 66,944
Colorado Rapids Mile High Stadium 76,273
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew Stadium 22,555
D.C. United RFK Stadium 46,000
Dallas Burn Cotton Bowl 92,100
Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium 81,425
Los Angeles Galaxy Rose Bowl 92,542
Miami Fusion Lockhart Stadium 20,450
New England Revolution Foxboro Stadium 60,292
MetroStars Giants Stadium 80,200
San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium 30,456
Tampa Bay Mutiny Raymond James Stadium 69,218

Personnel and sponsorships[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Chicago Fire United States Bob Bradley
Colorado Rapids United States Tim Hankinson
Columbus Crew United States Tom Fitzgerald
D.C. United Netherlands Thomas Rongen MasterCard
Dallas Burn United States Mike Jeffries
Kansas City Wizards United States Bob Gansler
Los Angeles Galaxy United States Sigi Schmid
MetroStars Ecuador Octavio Zambrano United States Tab Ramos
Miami Fusion England Ray Hudson
New England Revolution United States Fernando Clavijo
San Jose Earthquakes Canada Frank Yallop United States Jeff Agoos Yahoo! Sports
Tampa Bay Mutiny Spain Alfonso Mondelo

Coaching changes[edit]

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming coach Date of appointment
Columbus Crew United States Tom Fitzgerald Fired May 17, 2001 United States Greg Andrulis May 17, 2001
Tampa Bay Mutiny Spain Alfonso Mondelo Resigned July 5, 2001 United States Perry Van der Beck Jul 5, 2001

Standings[edit]

Eastern Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Miami Fusion 26 16 5 5 57 36 +21 53 MLS Cup Playoffs
2 MetroStars 26 13 10 3 38 35 +3 42
3 New England Revolution 27 7 14 6 35 52 −17 27
4 D.C. United 26 8 16 2 42 50 −8 26
Source: MLS

Central Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Chicago Fire 27 16 6 5 50 30 +20 53 MLS Cup Playoffs
2 Columbus Crew 26 13 7 6 49 36 +13 45
3 Dallas Burn 26 10 11 5 48 47 +1 35
4 Tampa Bay Mutiny 27 4 21 2 32 68 −36 14
Source: MLS

Western Division[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 26 14 7 5 52 36 +16 47 MLS Cup Playoffs
2 San Jose Earthquakes 26 13 7 6 47 29 +18 45
3 Kansas City Wizards 27 11 13 3 33 53 −20 36
4 Colorado Rapids 26 5 13 8 36 47 −11 23
Source: MLS

Overall standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts PPG Qualification
1 Miami Fusion (S) 26 16 5 5 57 36 +21 53 2.04 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
2 Chicago Fire 27 16 6 5 50 30 +20 53 1.96
3 Los Angeles Galaxy 26 14 7 5 52 36 +16 47 1.81
4 Columbus Crew 26 13 7 6 49 36 +13 45 1.73
5 San Jose Earthquakes (C) 26 13 7 6 47 29 +18 45 1.73 CONCACAF Champions' Cup
6 MetroStars 26 13 10 3 38 35 +3 42 1.62
7 Dallas Burn 26 10 11 5 48 47 +1 35 1.35
8 Kansas City Wizards 27 11 13 3 33 53 −20 36 1.33
9 New England Revolution 27 7 14 6 35 52 −17 27 1.00
10 D.C. United 26 8 16 2 42 50 −8 26 1.00
11 Colorado Rapids 26 5 13 8 36 47 −11 23 0.88
12 Tampa Bay Mutiny 27 4 21 2 32 68 −36 14 0.52
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points per game; 2) total goal differential per match played; 3) total goals scored per match played; 4) away record; 5) away goal differential; 6) total goals scored in away matches; 7) home record; 8) home goal differential; 9) total goals scored in home matches; 10) fewest disciplinary points per match played; 6) away goal differential per away match played; 11) coin toss or drawing of lots.
(C) Champion; (S) Supporters' Shield

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals MLS Cup
             
2 Chicago Fire (7 Points) 2 1 2
7 Dallas Burn (1 Points) 0 1 0
2 Chicago Fire (1 Points) 1 0 1
3 Los Angeles Galaxy (ASDET)* (7 Points) 1 1* 2*
3 Los Angeles Galaxy (SDET)* (4 Points) 1 1 3*
6 MetroStars (4 Points) 1 4 2
3 Los Angeles Galaxy 1
5 San Jose Earthquakes (ASDET)* 2
1 Miami Fusion (6 Points) 2 0 2
8 Kansas City Wizards (3 Points) 0 3 1
1 Miami Fusion (3 Points) 1 0 0
5 San Jose Earthquakes (SDET)* (6 Points) 0 4 1*
4 Columbus Crew (0 Points) 1 0 x
5 San Jose Earthquakes (6 Points) 3 3 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.

Quarterfinals[edit]

Dallas Burn0–2Chicago Fire
Bocanegra 40'
Whitfield 90'+
Chicago Fire1–1Dallas Burn
J. Beasley 84' Deering 27'
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
Attendance:: 17,149
Dallas Burn0–2Chicago Fire
Kovalenko 17'
Armas 55'

Chicago Fire advance 7–1 on points.


Miami Fusion0–3Kansas City Wizards
Lowe 24'
McKeon 31' (pen.)
Gomez 45'+

Miami Fusion advance 6–3 on points.


MetroStars1–1Los Angeles Galaxy
Faria 29' Caligiuri 63'
Los Angeles Galaxy1–4MetroStars
Victorine 4' Faria 72', 80'
Chung 75'
Valencia 83'
MetroStars2–3Los Angeles Galaxy
Villegas 49', 60' Victorine 21', 33'
Frye 56'
 0–1 series (SDET) 
Cienfuegos gold-colored soccer ball 8'

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 1-0 in series overtime (SDET) after 4-4 tie on points.


San Jose Earthquakes3–1Columbus Crew
Donovan 5' 45'+
Lagos 31'
Warzycha 54' (pen.)

San Jose Earthquakes advance 6–0 on points.

Semifinals[edit]


Los Angeles Galaxy1–1Chicago Fire
Hernández 44' Wynalda 32'
Chicago Fire0–1 (AET)Los Angeles Galaxy
Vagenas gold-colored soccer ball 94'
Los Angeles Galaxy2–1 (AET)Chicago Fire
Califf 44'
Cienfuegos gold-colored soccer ball 98'
D. Beasley 30'

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 7–1 on points.


San Jose Earthquakes advance 6–3 on points.

MLS Cup[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Goals[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Honduras Alex Pineda Chacón Miami Fusion 19
2 Colombia Diego Serna Miami Fusion 15
3 Scotland John Spencer Colorado Rapids 14
Sierra Leone Abdul Thompson Conteh D.C. United
5 El Salvador Ronald Cerritos San Jose Earthquakes 11
Ecuador Ariel Graziani Dallas Burn
7 United States Jeff Cunningham Columbus Crew 10
United States Eric Wynalda New England Revolution,
Chicago Fire
9 Senegal Mamadou Diallo Tampa Bay Mutiny 9
Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United

Assists[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Colombia Diego Serna Miami Fusion 11
Colombia John Wilmar Pérez Columbus Crew
3 United States Ross Paule Colorado Rapids 10
United States Preki Miami Fusion
5 United States Jeff Cunningham Columbus Crew 8
United States Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy
United States Manny Lagos San Jose Earthquakes
Poland Piotr Nowak Chicago Fire
9 United States Landon Donovan San Jose Earthquakes 7
Bolivia Marco Etcheverry D.C. United
Ecuador Ariel Graziani Dallas Burn
United States Eric Quill Tampa Bay Mutiny

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 United States Matt Jordan Dallas Burn 9
United States Zach Thornton Chicago Fire
3 United States Joe Cannon San Jose Earthquakes 7
4 United States Matt Reis Los Angeles Galaxy 6
5 United States Tom Presthus Columbus Crew 5
United States Nick Rimando Miami Fusion
7 United States Kevin Hartman Los Angeles Galaxy 4
United States Tim Howard MetroStars
United States Tony Meola Kansas City Wizards
10 United States Bo Oshoniyi Kansas City Wizards 3

Awards[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player Honduras Alex Pineda Chacón Miami Fusion
Defender of the Year United States Jeff Agoos San Jose Earthquakes
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Tim Howard MetroStars
Coach of the Year Canada Frank Yallop San Jose Earthquakes
Rookie of the Year Brazil Rodrigo Faria MetroStars
Comeback Player of the Year United States Troy Dayak San Jose Earthquakes
Scoring Champion Honduras Alex Pineda Chacón Miami Fusion
Goal of the Year United States Clint Mathis MetroStars
Fair Play Award Honduras Alex Pineda Chacón Miami Fusion
Humanitarian of the Year United States Tim Howard MetroStars

Best XI[edit]

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
United States Tim Howard, MetroStars United States Jeff Agoos, San Jose
United States Carlos Llamosa, Miami
United States Pablo Mastroeni, Miami
United States Greg Vanney, LA Galaxy
United States Chris Armas, Chicago
Poland Piotr Nowak, Chicago
United States Preki, Miami
Honduras Alex Pineda Chacón, Miami
Colombia Diego Serna, Miami
Scotland John Spencer, Colorado

Attendance[edit]

Team Games Total Average
D.C. United 12 258,213 21,518
MetroStars 13 270,477 20,806
Columbus Crew 13 227,644 17,511
Los Angeles Galaxy 13 226,035 17,387
Colorado Rapids 13 214,249 16,481
Chicago Fire 14 229,438 16,388
New England Revolution 13 203,501 15,654
Dallas Burn 13 163,465 12,574
Miami Fusion 14 156,481 11,177
Kansas City Wizards 13 142,402 10,954
Tampa Bay Mutiny 14 146,704 10,479
San Jose Earthquakes 13 125,250 9,635
Totals 158 2,363,859 14,961

International Competition[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Copa Merconorte

CONCACAF Giants Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLS Teleconference: September 13, 2001". MLSNET. Archived from the original on February 11, 2002. Retrieved November 25, 2018.

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