2008 Major League Soccer season

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2008 Major League Soccer season
Season2008
MLS CupColumbus Crew (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldColumbus Crew (2nd shield)
Champions LeagueColumbus Crew
New York Red Bulls
Houston Dynamo
D.C. United
SuperLigaChicago Fire
N.E. Revolution
Chivas USA
Kansas City Wizards
Matches played210
Goals scored591 (2.81 per match)
Top goalscorerLandon Donovan
Los Angeles Galaxy
Goals: 20
Biggest home winCOL 4–0 LA
CHI 4–0 NE
RSL 4–0 DCU
Biggest away winFCD 1–5 LA
NY 1–5 CHI
Highest scoringNY 4–5 COL
Longest winning run5 games:
Columbus Crew
Longest unbeaten run9 games:
Columbus Crew
San Jose Earthquakes
Longest losing run4 games:
D.C. United
Highest attendanceLA @ NY: 46,754
Lowest attendanceCLB @ CHV: 6,733
Total attendance3,456,641
Average attendance16,460
2007
2009
2008 Major League Soccer season is located in the United States
D.C. United
D.C.
United
New York Red Bulls
New York
Red Bulls
Columbus Crew
Columbus Crew
New England Revolution
New England Revolution
Chicago Fire
Chicago
Fire
Kansas City Wizards
Kansas City Wizards
Toronto FC
Toronto FC
Colorado Rapids
Colorado Rapids
FC Dallas
FC Dallas
Chivas USA
Chivas USA
Los Angeles Galaxy
Los Angeles Galaxy
Houston Dynamo
Houston Dynamo
Real Salt Lake
Real
Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes
Locations of teams for the 2008 Major League Soccer season
Western Conference   Eastern Conference

The 2008 Major League Soccer season was the 13th season of Major League Soccer. It was also the 96th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer in the United States, and the 30th with a national first-division league.

The San Jose Earthquakes returned to the league, following a two-year hiatus that began after the 2005 season.

The Kansas City Wizards left Arrowhead Stadium and moved to the Kansas side of the metropolitan area, occupying CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City. The league also debuted its newest soccer-specific stadium in October when Real Salt Lake opened Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

The regular season began on March 29, and concluded on October 26. The 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs began on October 30, and concluded with MLS Cup 2008 on November 23. The Columbus Crew captured the league double by winning their second Supporters' Shield and by defeating the New York Red Bulls, 3-1, in MLS Cup.

Overview[edit]

Season format[edit]

The season began on March 29 and concluded with MLS Cup on November 23. The 14 teams were split evenly into two conferences. 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 League. Additionally, the winner of MLS Cup, and the runner-up, also qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League. An additional berth in the Champions League was also awarded to the winner of the U.S. Open Cup. If a team qualified for multiple berths into the Champions League, 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 six overall finishers, as opposed 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.

Due to fixture congestion, qualification for the SuperLiga was limited to the top four overall finishers not already qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League. This applied retroactively to the 2008 season, and thus was related to qualification for MLS teams to SuperLiga 2009.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
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 CommunityAmerica Ballpark 10,385
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
Rio Tinto Stadium
45,017
20,213
San Jose Earthquakes Buck Shaw Stadium 10,525
Toronto FC BMO Field 21,566

Personnel and sponsorships[edit]

Team Head coach Captain Shirt sponsor
Chicago Fire Costa Rica Denis Hamlett Best Buy
Chivas USA United States Preki Comex
Colorado Rapids United States Fernando Clavijo
Columbus Crew United States Sigi Schmid United States Frankie Hejduk Glidden
D.C. United United States Tom Soehn Volkswagen
FC Dallas Northern Ireland Steve Morrow
Houston Dynamo United States Dominic Kinnear United States Wade Barrett
Kansas City Wizards United States Curt Onalfo
LA Galaxy Netherlands Ruud Gullit Herbalife
New England Revolution Scotland Steve Nicol
New York Red Bulls Colombia Juan Carlos Osorio United States Claudio Reyna Red Bull
Real Salt Lake United States Jason Kreis United States Kyle Beckerman
San Jose Earthquakes Canada Frank Yallop United States Nick Garcia
Toronto FC England John Carver


Coaching changes[edit]

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming coach Date of appointment
FC Dallas Northern Ireland Steve Morrow Fired May 20, 2008 United States Marco Ferruzzi May 20, 2008
FC Dallas United States Marco Ferruzzi Interim June 16, 2008 United States Schellas Hyndman June 16, 2008

Results table[edit]

Abbreviation and Color Key:
Chicago Fire - CHI • Chivas USA - CHV • Colorado Rapids - COL • Columbus Crew - CLB • D.C. United - DC
FC Dallas - DAL • Houston Dynamo - HOU • Kansas City Wizards - KC • Los Angeles Galaxy - LA • New England Revolution - NE
New York Red Bulls - NY • Real Salt Lake - RSL • San Jose Earthquakes - SJ • Toronto FC - TOR
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Chicago Fire RSL NE SJ KC COL NE DC HOU NY DC DAL CHV SJ CLB TOR RSL KC CHV NE DC LA HOU NY COL DAL LA KC CLB TOR NY
1-1 0-4 1-0 1-0 1-2 3-0 2-0 2-1 5-1 2-1 0-1 0-2 0-0 2-2 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-1 2-1 1-0 1-0 1-2 0-1 0-2 4-1 1-3 1-1 2-2 2-3 2-5
Chivas USA DAL RSL CLB DAL LA HOU NE DC COL CLB NY RSL CHI NY SJ LA CHI KC LA HOU SJ TOR TOR NE RSL KC DC SJ COL HOU
1-1 1-3 3-4 2-0 2-5 0-0 2-1 1-3 2-1 0-2 0-1 1-0 0-2 1-1 0-1 1-1 0-1 2-3 2-2 0-4 0-0 1-2 3-1 0-4 1-0 1-2 3-0 1-0 2-1 1-1
Colorado Rapids LA KC NE SJ CHI DC HOU RSL CHV DAL LA TOR HOU CLB NY SJ DAL CLB TOR KC DC RSL DAL CHI NE NY HOU LA CHV RSL
0-4 2-3 1-0 2-0 1-2 0-2 1-2 0-2 2-1 1-2 2-3 1-3 0-0 1-2 0-4 1-1 2-2 2-0 0-1 1-2 0-3 0-2 1-0 0-2 1-1 5-4 3-1 2-3 2-1 1-1
Columbus Crew TOR NY CHV DC HOU KC SJ TOR NE CHV SJ KC LA COL CHI RSL KC COL HOU DAL RSL DAL NE TOR NY NE LA CHI NY DC
0-2 0-2 3-4 2-1 0-1 1-2 3-2 0-0 1-0 0-2 2-0 3-0 3-3 1-2 2-2 0-2 3-3 2-0 0-2 1-2 0-3 2-1 0-4 1-1 1-3 1-0 0-1 2-2 1-3 0-1
D.C. United KC TOR RSL CLB RSL COL CHI CHV TOR TOR NE CHI NY SJ LA HOU KC NY CHI NE COL NY SJ DAL LA DAL CHV HOU NE CLB
0-2 1-4 0-4 2-1 1-4 0-2 2-0 1-3 0-1 2-3 2-2 2-1 1-4 1-3 1-4 2-0 0-2 4-1 1-0 1-2 0-3 0-0 1-2 2-2 2-5 0-3 3-0 0-0 1-2 0-1
FC Dallas CHV HOU NY CHV NE SJ RSL LA RSL HOU COL NE CHI NY HOU KC COL LA TOR CLB KC CLB COL DC CHI DC SJ TOR RSL LA
1-1 3-3 0-2 2-0 1-0 0-0 1-2 5-1 1-2 2-2 1-2 1-2 0-1 0-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 0-4 2-0 1-2 1-1 2-1 1-0 2-2 4-1 0-3 1-1 2-2 1-3 2-2
Houston Dynamo NE DAL KC LA CLB CHV COL CHI SJ DAL NY TOR NE COL DAL RSL DC CLB RSL CHV NY CHI KC SJ TOR COL DC SJ LA CHV
0-3 3-3 0-0 2-2 0-1 0-0 1-2 2-1 1-2 2-2 0-1 1-3 2-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 2-0 0-2 3-4 0-4 0-3 1-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 3-1 0-0 1-2 0-3 1-1
Kansas City Wizards DC COL NE HOU CHI TOR CLB NY LA RSL CLB TOR RSL DAL NY CLB CHI DC CHV COL DAL SJ HOU LA TOR CHV CHI NE SJ NE
0-2 2-3 3-1 0-0 1-0 0-2 1-2 1-1 1-3 0-0 3-0 0-0 0-1 1-1 1-2 3-3 0-0 0-2 2-3 1-2 1-1 1-2 1-3 0-2 0-2 1-2 1-1 0-1 2-3 3-1
Los Angeles Galaxy COL SJ TOR HOU CHV RSL NY DAL KC TOR COL SJ CLB DC NE CHV NY DAL SJ CHV CHI NE RSL KC DC CHI CLB COL HOU DAL
0-4 0-2 3-2 2-2 2-5 2-2 2-1 5-1 1-3 0-2 2-3 3-0 3-3 1-4 2-1 1-1 2-2 0-4 2-3 2-2 1-0 2-2 2-2 0-2 2-5 1-3 0-1 2-3 0-3 2-2
New England Revolution HOU CHI KC COL NY DAL CHI CHV SJ CLB DC DAL HOU NY RSL TOR LA CHI SJ DC TOR LA CLB CHV COL CLB RSL KC DC KC
0-3 0-4 3-1 1-0 1-1 1-0 3-0 2-1 0-2 1-0 2-2 1-2 2-0 1-1 1-2 1-2 2-1 2-1 0-4 1-2 1-1 2-2 0-4 0-4 1-1 1-0 2-2 0-1 1-2 3-1
New York Red Bulls CLB DAL NE SJ TOR LA KC CHI HOU CHV DC NE DAL CHV COL KC LA SJ DC TOR HOU DC CHI RSL CLB COL TOR RSL CLB CHI
0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-1 1-1 5-1 0-1 0-1 1-4 1-1 0-1 1-1 0-4 1-2 2-2 1-1 4-1 0-2 0-3 0-0 0-1 1-2 1-3 5-4 3-1 1-1 1-3 2-5
Real Salt Lake CHI CHV DC TOR DC LA DAL COL DAL SJ KC CHV SJ NE KC HOU CLB CHI TOR HOU CLB COL LA NY CHV SJ NE NY DAL COL
1-1 1-3 0-4 0-1 1-4 2-2 1-2 0-2 1-2 1-3 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-2 0-0 1-2 3-4 0-3 0-2 2-2 1-2 1-0 3-2 2-2 1-1 1-3 1-1
San Jose Earthquakes LA CHI COL NY DAL CLB NE HOU RSL CLB LA RSL DC CHI CHV COL TOR NY LA NE CHV KC DC HOU RSL DAL CHV HOU KC TOR
0-2 1-0 2-0 0-2 0-0 3-2 0-2 1-2 1-3 2-0 3-0 0-0 1-3 0-0 1-0 1-1 0-0 1-1 2-3 0-4 0-0 1-2 1-2 1-1 3-2 1-1 1-0 1-2 2-3 0-2
Toronto FC CLB DC LA RSL KC NY CLB DC DC LA HOU COL KC NE CHI SJ RSL DAL COL NY NE CHV CHV CLB KC HOU NY DAL CHI SJ
0-2 1-4 3-2 0-1 0-2 1-1 0-0 0-1 2-3 0-2 1-3 1-3 0-0 1-2 1-2 0-0 1-2 2-0 1-0 0-2 1-1 1-2 3-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 3-1 2-2 2-3 0-2

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Columbus Crew 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14 57 MLS Cup Playoffs
2 Chicago Fire 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11 46
3 New England Revolution 30 12 11 7 40 43 −3 43
4 Kansas City Wizards 30 11 10 9 37 39 −2 42
5 New York Red Bulls 30 10 11 9 42 48 −6 39
6 D.C. United 30 11 15 4 43 51 −8 37
7 Toronto FC 30 9 13 8 34 43 −9 35
Source: MLS

Western Conference[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Houston Dynamo 30 13 5 12 45 32 +13 51 MLS Cup Playoffs
2 Chivas USA 30 12 11 7 40 41 −1 43
3 Real Salt Lake 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1 40
4 Colorado Rapids 30 11 14 5 44 45 −1 38
5 FC Dallas 30 8 10 12 45 41 +4 36
6 LA Galaxy 30 8 13 9 55 62 −7 33
7 San Jose Earthquakes 30 8 13 9 32 38 −6 33
Source: MLS

Overall standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Columbus Crew (C, S) 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14 57 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Houston Dynamo 30 13 5 12 45 32 +13 51
3 Chicago Fire 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11 46 North American SuperLiga
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
8 New York Red Bulls 30 10 11 9 42 48 −6 39 CONCACAF Champions League
9 Colorado Rapids 30 11 14 5 44 45 −1 38
10 D.C. United 30 11 15 4 43 51 −8 37 CONCACAF Champions League
11 FC Dallas 30 8 10 12 45 41 +4 36
12 Toronto FC 30 9 13 8 34 43 −9 35 CONCACAF Champions League[a]
13 LA Galaxy 30 8 13 9 55 62 −7 33
14 San Jose Earthquakes 30 8 13 9 32 38 −6 33
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head record; 3) goal difference; 4) number of goals scored
(C) Champions; (S) Supporters' Shield
Notes:
  1. ^ As winners of the 2009 Canadian Championship

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Conference semifinals Conference finals MLS Cup
          
E1 Columbus Crew 1 2
E4 Kansas City Wizards 1 0
E1 Columbus Crew 2
Eastern Conference
E2 Chicago Fire 1
E3 New England Revolution 0 0
E2 Chicago Fire 0 3
E1 Columbus Crew 3
W4 New York Red Bulls 1
W1 Houston Dynamo 1 0
W4 New York Red Bulls1 1 3
W4 New York Red Bulls 1
Western Conference
W3 Real Salt Lake 0
W3 Real 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.

Player statistics[edit]

Goals[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 United States Landon Donovan LA Galaxy 20
2 United States Kenny Cooper FC Dallas 18
3 United States Edson Buddle LA Galaxy 15
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel New York Red Bulls 14
5 United States Brian Ching Houston Dynamo 13
6 Brazil Luciano Emilio D.C. United 11
United States Conor Casey Colorado Rapids
8 Bolivia Jaime Moreno D.C. United 10
9 United States Chad Barrett Chicago Fire
Toronto FC
9
United States Chris Rolfe Chicago Fire

Assists[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew 16
2 Argentina Javier Morales Real Salt Lake 11
3 England Terry Cooke Colorado Rapids 10
4 England David Beckham LA Galaxy 8
United States Justin Mapp Chicago Fire
6 Argentina Christian Gómez Colorado Rapids 7
7 Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco Chicago Fire 6
United States Brad Davis Houston Dynamo
United States Landon Donovan LA Galaxy
Bolivia Jaime Moreno Chicago Fire
Republic of Ireland Ronnie O'Brien San Jose Earthquakes

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Player Club Clean
sheets
1 United States Jon Busch Chicago Fire 10
United States Kevin Hartman Kansas City Wizards
United States Will Hesmer Columbus Crew
4 United States Joe Cannon San Jose Earthquakes 9
5 United States Nick Rimando Real Salt Lake 8
6 United States Jon Conway New York Red Bulls 7
Canada Pat Onstad Houston Dynamo
Argentina Darío Sala FC Dallas
9 United States Matt Reis New England Revolution 6
Canada Greg Sutton Toronto FC

Awards[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew
Defender of the Year United States Chad Marshall Columbus Crew
Goalkeeper of the Year United States Jon Busch Chicago Fire
Coach of the Year United States Sigi Schmid Columbus Crew
Rookie of the Year United States Sean Franklin LA Galaxy
Comeback Player of the Year United States Kenny Cooper FC Dallas
Golden Boot United States Landon Donovan LA Galaxy
Goal of the Year Canada Will Johnson Real Salt Lake
Fair Play Award United States Michael Parkhurst New England Revolution
Humanitarian of the Year United States José Burciaga Jr. Colorado Rapids

MLS Best XI[edit]

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
United States Jon Busch, Chicago United States Jimmy Conrad, Kansas City
United States Chad Marshall, Columbus
Mali Bakary Soumaré, Chicago
Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Chicago
Grenada Shalrie Joseph, New England
United States Sacha Kljestan, Chivas USA
United States Robbie Rogers, Columbus
Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus
United States Kenny Cooper, Dallas
United States Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy

Weekly awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Attendances[edit]

Club Games Season Game Avg.
LA Galaxy 15 390,132 26,009
Toronto FC 15 301,793 20,120
D.C. United 15 297,531 19,835
New England Revolution 15 263,706 17,580
Chicago Fire 15 255,511 17,034
Houston Dynamo 15 254,083 16,939
Real Salt Lake 15 242,690 16,179
New York Red Bulls 15 238,925 15,928
Chivas USA 15 226,717 15,114
Columbus Crew 15 219,332 14,622
San Jose Earthquakes 15 205,695 13,713
Colorado Rapids 15 204,884 13,659
FC Dallas 15 195,356 13,024
Kansas City Wizards 15 160,286 10,686
Totals 210 3,456,641 16,460

Related competitions[edit]

International competitions[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2008[edit]

The Houston Dynamo and D.C. United earned berths in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup by virtue of their MLS Cup and Supporters' Shield wins, respectively. Houston and D.C. were both victorious in their quarterfinal ties and advanced to the semifinals. For the second straight year, however, both lost their respective semifinals, and were eliminated.

SuperLiga 2008[edit]

D.C. United, Chivas USA, the New England Revolution, and the Houston Dynamo were MLS's entrants into SuperLiga 2008, based on their top-four finish in the 2007 regular season.

Following the Group Stage, which took place from July 12 to July 20, Houston and New England each won their respective groups to advance to the Semifinals, where they faced 2007 champion Pachuca on July 29 and Atlante on July 30, respectively. D.C. United finished last and Chivas USA finished third in their respective groups and failed to advance.

Both MLS teams were victorious in the Semifinals, setting up a rematch of the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cups in the Final on August 5 at Gillette Stadium.

The teams played to a 2–2 draw after extra time. New England eventually defeated Houston 6–5 on penalty kicks.

CONCACAF Champions League 2008–09[edit]

The Houston Dynamo (MLS Cup winner), D.C. United (Supporters' Shield Winner), the New England Revolution (U.S. Open Cup winner and MLS Cup runner-up), and Chivas USA (Supporters' Shield runner-up) were the representatives in the rebranded successor to the CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

New England and Chivas USA entered at the preliminary round, and were eliminated over two legs by Joe Public of Trinidad and Tobago and Tauro of Panama, respectively.

D.C. and Houston were seeded into the Group Stage as the top seeds in Groups A and B, respectively.

D.C. was eliminated from Group A with two games remaining in group play, while Houston qualified for the Championship Round with a 1–0 win in their last match against Luis Ángel Firpo on November 26, which was postponed from Matchday 1 due to Hurricane Ike.

Houston was eliminated in the Quarterfinals over two legs by Atlante.

National competitions[edit]

2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup[edit]

MLS awarded the top three finishers in each conference last season automatic berths into the 2008 U.S. Open Cup's Third Round. D.C. United, the New England Revolution, and the New York Red Bulls qualified from the Eastern Conference while Chivas USA, the Houston Dynamo, and FC Dallas qualified from the Western Conference. The rest of MLS's U.S.-based teams would have to compete for the final two berths into the third round via a seven-team playoff. Eventually Chicago Fire and the Kansas City Wizards qualified by beating the Columbus Crew and the Colorado Rapids respectively.

Each of the qualified MLS teams was matched up against the winner of a Second Round game, all of whom came from either one of the USL's three divisions or the USASA, in the third round on July 1. Three MLS teams were eliminated by these lower division clubs. Chivas USA was eliminated by USL-1's Seattle Sounders, the New York Red Bulls were upset by Crystal Palace Baltimore of USL-2, and the Houston Dynamo lost a penalty shootout to the USL-1's Charleston Battery.

In the Quarterfinals on July 8, FC Dallas and the Kansas City Wizards were eliminated by the Charleston Battery and the Seattle Sounders, respectively. This meant an MLS team, either D.C. United or the New England Revolution would face a USL-1 team in the final.

In the Semifinals on August 12, D.C. United upset the Open Cup holding Revolution by a score of 3 to 1. This earned United a berth in the final against the USL-1's Charleston Battery on September 3 at RFK Stadium.

In the Final on September 3, D.C. United won their second U.S. Open Cup in a 2–1 win over the Charleston Battery.

2008 Canadian Championship[edit]

Due to the fact that none of the Canadian teams playing in the American soccer pyramid can qualify for Canada's berth in the CONCACAF Champions League through their leagues or the U.S. Open Cup, the Canadian Soccer Association was forced to develop a tournament to determine the country's representative in the Champions League. The country's top three teams, MLS's Toronto FC and the USL-1's Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps FC were entered into the inaugural Canadian Championship. The tournament was played as a double round robin group from May 27 to July 22. The Montreal Impact finished first, claiming the Canadian berth in the Champions League.

All-Star game[edit]

The 2008 MLS All-Star Game was held at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, home of Toronto FC, on July 24.[1] The opponent was West Ham United, of England's Premier League. It was the first time that the game was played outside the United States.

The game was won by the MLS All-Stars by a score of 3–2. Cuauhtémoc Blanco was named MVP of the game after assisting the All-Stars' first goal and scoring their second.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly, Cathal (February 28, 2008). "Luring Liverpool to Toronto would be an all-star coup". The Star. Retrieved April 22, 2010.

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