|MLS Cup||Houston Dynamo (2nd title)|
|Supporters' Shield||D.C. United (4th shield)|
|2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League||Houston Dynamo|
|2008 SuperLiga||D.C. United|
|2008 CONCACAF Champions' Cup||Houston Dynamo|
|Goals scored||518 (2.66 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Luciano Emilio|
|Biggest home win||CHV 4–0 RSL|
NY 4–0 CLB
TOR 4–0 FCD
|Biggest away win||CHI 0–4 HOU|
FCD 0–4 DCU
|Highest scoring||NY 5–4 LA|
|Longest winning run||D.C. United|
(08/05/ – 09/01)
|Longest unbeaten run||D.C. United|
(08/05 – 10/13)
|Longest losing run||Los Angeles Galaxy|
(08/09 – 09/01)
|Highest attendance||Los Angeles Galaxy|
Game Avg.: 24,252
|Lowest attendance||K.C. Wizards|
Game Avg.: 11,586
The 2007 Major League Soccer season was the 12th season of Major League Soccer. It was also the 95th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer in the United States, and the 29th with a national first-division league.
This year marked the inaugural season for expansion franchise, Toronto FC who began play in the Eastern Conference. Two new soccer-specific stadiums opened as well. The Colorado Rapids moved into Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the Denver-suburb of Commerce City and, before the season began, BMO Field opened for expansion side, Toronto FC.
This season is often cited as the first in the modern-era of Major League Soccer because of the introduction of the Designated Player Rule which permitted each team to sign one big-ticket player without it counting against the salary cap. Six such players were signed for the 2007 season: David Beckham, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Juan Pablo Ángel, Luciano Emilio, Denílson and Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
The regular season began on April 7, and concluded on October 21. The 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs began on October 25, and concluded with MLS Cup 2007 on November 18. For the first time in league history, the same two clubs consecutively won the MLS Cup and the Supporters' Shield. The Houston Dynamo repeated as MLS Cup Champions by defeating the New England Revolution in the final and D.C. United won the Supporters' Shield by edging Chivas USA by two points in the standings.
The season began on April 7 and concluded with MLS Cup on November 18. The 13 teams were split into two conferences with 7 playing the Eastern Conference and 6 playing in the Western Conference. Each team played 30 games that were evenly divided between home and away. Each team played every other team twice, home and away, for a total of 26 games. The remaining four games were played against four regional rivals, two at home and two away.
The top three teams from each conference automatically qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs. In addition, the two highest remaining point totals, regardless of conference, also qualified. In the first round, aggregate goals over two matches determined the winners. The conference finals were played as a single match, and the winners advanced to MLS Cup. In all rounds, draws were broken with two 15-minute periods of extra time, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. The away goals rule was not used in any round.
The team with the most points in the regular season was awarded the MLS Supporters' Shield and qualified for the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. Additionally, the winner of MLS Cup also qualified for the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. If a team qualified for multiple berths into the Champions' Cup, then additional berths were awarded to the highest overall finishing MLS team(s) not already qualified. Also, Toronto FC, as a Canadian-based team, could not qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS, and had to instead qualify through the Canadian Championship.
Automatic qualification for the U.S. Open Cup was awarded to the top three finishers in each conference. The rest of the U.S.-based MLS teams had to qualify for the remaining two berths via a series of play-in games.
Stadiums and locations
|Chicago Fire||Toyota Park||20,000|
|Chivas USA||Home Depot Center||27,000|
|Colorado Rapids||Dick's Sporting Goods Park||18,061|
|Columbus Crew||Columbus Crew Stadium||22,555|
|D.C. United||RFK Stadium||46,000|
|FC Dallas||Pizza Hut Park||21,193|
|Houston Dynamo||Robertson Stadium||32,000|
|Kansas City Wizards||Arrowhead Stadium||81,425|
|LA Galaxy||Home Depot Center||27,000|
|New England Revolution||Gillette Stadium||68,756|
|New York Red Bulls||Giants Stadium||80,200|
|Real Salt Lake||Rice-Eccles Stadium||45,017|
|Toronto FC||BMO Field||21,566|
Personnel and sponsorships
|Team||Outgoing coach||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Incoming coach||Date of appointment|
|Chicago Fire||Dave Sarachan||Fired||June 20, 2007||Juan Carlos Osorio||July 1, 2007|
|Real Salt Lake||John Ellinger||Fired||May 3, 2007||Jason Kreis||May 3, 2007|
|1||D.C. United||30||16||7||7||56||34||+22||55||MLS Cup Playoffs|
|2||New England Revolution||30||14||8||8||51||43||+8||50|
|3||New York Red Bulls||30||12||11||7||47||45||+2||43|
|5||Kansas City Wizards||30||11||12||7||45||45||0||40|
|1||Chivas USA||30||15||7||8||46||28||+18||53||MLS Cup Playoffs|
|6||Real Salt Lake||30||6||15||9||31||45||−14||27|
|1||D.C. United (S)||30||16||7||7||56||34||+22||55||CONCACAF Champions' Cup|
|2||Chivas USA||30||15||7||8||46||28||+18||53||North American SuperLiga|
|3||Houston Dynamo (C)||30||15||8||7||43||23||+20||52||CONCACAF Champions' Cup|
|4||New England Revolution||30||14||8||8||51||43||+8||50||North American SuperLiga|
|6||New York Red Bulls||30||12||11||7||47||45||+2||43|
|8||Kansas City Wizards||30||11||12||7||45||45||0||40|
|12||Real Salt Lake||30||6||15||9||31||45||−14||27|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head record; 3) goal difference; 4) number of goals scored
(C) Champions; (S) Supporters' Shield
MLS Cup Playoffs
|Conference Semifinals||Conference Finals||MLS Cup 2007|
|E2||New England Revolution||1|
|E3||New York Red Bulls||0||0|
|E2||New England Revolution||0||1|
|E2||New England Revolution||1|
|W4||Kansas City Wizards1||1||0|
|W4||Kansas City Wizards||0|
|W2||Houston Dynamo (AET)||0||4|
1 The Kansas City Wizards 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.
|1||Luciano Emilio||D.C. United||20|
|2||Juan Pablo Ángel||New York Red Bulls||19|
|3||Taylor Twellman||New England Revolution||16|
|4||Eddie Johnson||Kansas City Wizards||15|
|5||Maykel Galindo||Chivas USA||12|
|6||Ante Razov||Chivas USA||11|
|7||Christian Gómez||D.C. United||10|
|8||Jozy Altidore||New York Red Bulls||9|
|9||Landon Donovan||LA Galaxy||8|
|Robbie Findley||Real Salt Lake|
|1||Brad Guzan||Chivas USA||13|
|2||Pat Onstad||Houston Dynamo||11|
|3||Matt Pickens||Chicago Fire||10|
|Matt Reis||New England Revolution|
|5||Bouna Coundoul||Colorado Rapids||9|
|6||Troy Perkins||D.C. United||8|
|7||Nick Rimando||Real Salt Lake||7|
|8||Joe Cannon||LA Galaxy||5|
|Jon Conway||New York Red Bulls|
|Kevin Hartman||Kansas City Wizards|
|Will Hesmer||Columbus Crew|
|Darío Sala||FC Dallas|
|Ronald Waterreus||New York Red Bulls|
|Player of the Month|
|April||Eddie Johnson||Kansas City Wizards|
|May||Juan Pablo Ángel||New York Red Bulls|
|June||Juan Pablo Ángel||New York Red Bulls|
|July||Guillermo Barros Schelotto||Columbus Crew|
|August||Troy Perkins||D.C. United|
|September||Luciano Emilio||D.C. United|
|October||Matt Pickens||Chicago Fire|
|New England Revolution||15||251,132||16,742|
|New York Red Bulls||15||247,948||16,530|
|Real Salt Lake||15||239,395||15,960|
|Kansas City Wizards||15||173,784||11,586|
CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2007
Finished in fourth place and did not advance from
Group A after going 0-1-2 in group play.
Copa Sudamericana 2007
2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Eight of the twelve U.S.-based MLS teams entered the tournament in the third round.
Defeated Atlanta Silverbacks on penalty kicks in the third round,
Defeated Charleston Battery after extra time in the Quarterfinals,
Defeated Seattle Sounders (USL) after extra time in the Semifinals,
Lost to New England Revolution in the Final.
New England Revolution
Defeated Rochester Raging Rhinos in the third round.
Defeated Harrisburg City Islanders in the Quarterfinals.
Defeated Carolina RailHawks after extra time in the Semifinals.
Defeated FC Dallas in the Final.
MLS All-Stars 2-0 Celtic F.C.