1997 Major League Soccer season

The 1997 Major League Soccer season was the second season of Major League Soccer.

1997 Major League Soccer season
Season1997
MLS CupD.C. United (2nd title)
Supporters' ShieldD.C. United (1st shield)
Matches played160
Goals scored522 (3.26 per match)
Top goalscorerJaime Moreno
(16 goals)
Longest winning runKansas City Wizards
Games: 7
(07/19 – 08/31)
Longest losing runNew England Revolution
Games: 9
(07/20 – 09/12)
Highest attendanceNew England Revolution
Season: 342,762
Game Avg.: 21,423
Lowest attendanceKansas City Wizards
Season: 144,935
Game Avg.: 9,058
Total attendance2,339,019
Average attendance14,619
1996
1998

Standings

Eastern Conference

Pos Team Pld W L SOW GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D.C. United 32 17 11 4 70 53 +17 55 Playoffs
2 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 14 15 3 55 60 5 45
3 Columbus Crew 32 12 17 3 42 41 +1 39
4 New England Revolution 32 11 17 4 40 53 13 37
5 NY/NJ MetroStars 32 11 19 2 43 53 10 35
Source: MLS

Western Conference

Pos Team Pld W L SOW GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Kansas City Wizards 32 14 11 7 57 51 +6 49 Playoffs
2 Los Angeles Galaxy 32 14 16 2 55 44 +11 44
3 Dallas Burn 32 13 16 3 55 49 +6 42
4 Colorado Rapids 32 12 18 2 50 59 9 38
5 San Jose Clash 32 9 20 3 55 59 4 30
Source: MLS

Overall standings

Pos Team Pld W L SOW GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D.C. United (C, X) 32 17 11 4 70 53 +17 55 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup[lower-alpha 1]
2 Kansas City Wizards 32 14 11 7 57 51 +6 49
3 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 14 15 3 55 60 5 45
4 Los Angeles Galaxy 32 14 16 2 55 44 +11 44
5 Dallas Burn 32 13 16 3 55 49 +6 42
6 Columbus Crew 32 12 17 3 42 41 +1 39
7 Colorado Rapids 32 12 18 2 50 59 9 38 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup[lower-alpha 1]
8 New England Revolution 32 11 17 4 40 53 13 37
9 NY/NJ MetroStars 32 11 19 2 43 53 10 35
10 San Jose Clash 32 9 20 3 55 59 4 30
Source: MLS
(C) Champion; (X) Supporters' Shield winner.
Notes:
  1. Qualified as 1997 MLS Cup finalists

MLS Cup Playoffs

Bracket

  • The ties were a best-of-three series.
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup '97
                                   
  1 D.C. United 4 1 (4) x  
4 New England Revolution 1 1 (3) x  
  1 D.C. United 3 1 x  
  3 Columbus Crew 2 0 x  
2 Tampa Bay Mutiny 1 0 x
  3 Columbus Crew 2 2 x  
    1 D.C. United 2
  4 Colorado Rapids 1
  1 Kansas City Wizards 0 2 x  
4 Colorado Rapids 3 3 x  
  4 Colorado Rapids 1 2 x
  3 Dallas Burn 0 1 x  
2 LA Galaxy 0 (0) 0 x
  3 Dallas Burn 0 (2) 3 x  

Conference Semi-finals

Eastern Conference

D.C. United4–1New England Revolution
Wegerle  13', 56'
Moreno  65', 76'
Burns  89'
Attendance: 12,540
Referee: Tim Weyland
New England Revolution1–2
3–4 (S.O.)
D.C. United
  • D.C. United advance to the Conference Finals.

Tampa Bay Mutiny1–2Columbus Crew
Gilmar  35' Farrell  11'
Wood  83'
Attendance: 8,272
Referee: Noel Kenny
Columbus Crew2–0Tampa Bay Mutiny
McBride  43'
Warzycha  73'
Attendance: 13,102
Referee: Joshua Patlak
  • Columbus Crew advance to the Conference Finals.

Western Conference

LA Galaxy0–1
0–2 (S.O.)
Dallas Burn
Attendance: 18,921
Referee: Kevin Stott
Dallas Burn3–0Los Angeles Galaxy
Washington  29', 69'
Peinado  86'
Attendance: 11,248
  • Dallas Burn advance to the Conference Finals.

Kansas City Wizards0–3Colorado Rapids
Henderson  25'
Bravo  67'
Paule  75'
Colorado Rapids3–2Kansas City Wizards
Bravo  16', 68'
Harris  83'
Takawira  9'
Preki  88'
  • Colorado Rapids advance to the Conference Finals.

Conference finals

Western Conference

Dallas Burn0–1Colorado Rapids
Henderson  42'
Attendance: 7,376
Referee: Kevin Stott
Colorado Rapids2–1Dallas Burn
Patiño  23'
Henderson  87'
Damian  5'
Attendance: 18,452
Referee: Noel Kenny
  • Colorado Rapids advance to MLS Cup '97.

Eastern Conference

D.C. United3–2Columbus Crew
Sanneh  9', 45'
Díaz Arce  29'
Farrell  57'
Dooley  73'
Attendance: 11,820
Referee: Kevin Terry
Columbus Crew0–1D.C. United
Díaz Arce  47'
  • D.C. United advance to MLS Cup '97.

MLS Cup '97

D.C. United2–1Colorado Rapids
Moreno  37'
Sanneh  68'
Paz  75'
Attendance: 57,431
Referee: Brian Hall

Player awards

Weekly awards

WeekPlayer of the WeekClub
Week 1 Dave SalzwedelSan Jose Clash
Week 2 Giuseppe GalderisiTampa Bay Mutiny
Week 3 Carlos ValderramaTampa Bay Mutiny
Week 4 Raúl Díaz ArceD.C. United
Week 5 Dante WashingtonDallas Burn
Week 6 Roberto DonadoniMetroStars
Week 7 Doctor KhumaloColumbus Crew
Week 8 Damian AlvarezDallas Burn
Week 9 Chiquinho CondeNew England Revolution
Week 10 Preki RadosavljevićKansas City Wizards
Week 11 Eric WynaldaSan Jose Clash
Week 12 Preki RadosavljevićKansas City Wizards
Week 13 GilmarTampa Bay Mutiny
Week 14 Paul BravoColorado Rapids
Week 15 Tab RamosMetroStars
Week 16 Dante WashingtonDallas Burn
Week 17 Antony de ÁvilaMetroStars
Week 18 GilmarTampa Bay Mutiny
Week 19 Wolde HarrisColorado Rapids
Week 20 Thomas DooleyColumbus Crew
Week 21 Giovanni SavareseMetroStars
Week 22 Marco EtcheverryD.C. United
Week 23 Eduardo HurtadoLos Angeles Galaxy
Week 24 Cobi JonesLos Angeles Galaxy
Week 25 Martín VásquezTampa Bay Mutiny
Week 26 Marcelo BalboaColorado Rapids

Monthly awards

MonthPlayer of the MonthClub
April Jaime MorenoD.C. United
May Alain SutterDallas Burn
June John HarkesD.C. United
July WéltonLos Angeles Galaxy
August Brad FriedelColumbus Crew
September Walter ZengaNew England Revolution

End of season awards

AwardPlayerClub
Most Valuable Player Preki RadosavljevićKansas City Wizards
Scoring Champion Preki Radosavljević (41 Pts.)Kansas City Wizards
Defender of the Year Eddie PopeD.C. United
Goalkeeper of the Year Brad FriedelColumbus Crew
Rookie of the Year Mike DuhaneyTampa Bay Mutiny
Coach of the Year Bruce ArenaD.C. United
Goal of the Year Marco EtcheverryD.C. United
Fair Play Award Mark ChungKansas City Wizards

Player statistics

Top goal scorers

Position Player Club Goals
1 Jaime Moreno D.C. United 16
2 Raúl Díaz Arce D.C. United 15
3 Giovanni Savarese NY/NJ MetroStars 14
4 Preki Kansas City Wizards 12
Ronald Cerritos San Jose Clash
Dante Washington Dallas Burn
7 Damián Dallas Burn 11
Wélton Los Angeles Galaxy
9 Jeff Baicher San Jose Clash 10
Mark Chung Kansas City Wizards
Roy Lassiter Tampa Bay Mutiny
Lawrence Lozzano San Jose Clash

Goalkeeping leaders

(Minimum 1,000 minutes)

No. Player Club Games
played
Minutes Goals
against
GA
average
Wins Loses
1 Brad Friedel Columbus Crew 29 2,609 35 1.21 14 15
2 Walter Zenga New England Revolution 22 1,980 28 1.27 15 7
3 Jorge Campos Los Angeles Galaxy 19 1,661 24 1.30 12 6
4 Marcus Hahnemann Colorado Rapids 25 2,157 37 1.54 13 10
5 Mike Ammann Kansas City Wizards 29 2,597 45 1.56 21 8
6 Mark Dodd Dallas Burn 30 2,700 48 1.60 14 16
7 Tony Meola NY/NJ MetroStars 30 2,684 48 1.61 12 18
8 David Kramer* San Jose Clash 21 1,831 33 1.62 7 14
9 Scott Garlick D.C. United 14 1,171 22 1.69 9 5
10 Dave Salzwedel San Jose Clash 20 1,679 35 1.88 7 11
11 Mark Dougherty Tampa Bay Mutiny 25 2,143 45 1.89 15 10

Played for more than one team – Most Recent Team Listed*

Attendance

Club Games Season Total Game Average
New England Revolution 16 342,762 21,423
Los Angeles Galaxy 16 330,015 20,626
NY/NJ MetroStars 16 270,388 16,899
D.C. United 16 267,171 16,698
Columbus Crew 16 240,680 15,043
San Jose Clash 16 217,546 13,597
Colorado Rapids 16 189,355 11,835
Tampa Bay Mutiny 16 181,322 11,333
Dallas Burn 16 154,845 9,678
Kansas City Wizards 16 144,935 9,058
OVERALL 160 2,339,019 14,619

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

References

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