2001 Major League Soccer season

The 2001 Major League Soccer season was shortened due to the September 11 attacks, with the final weeks' regular season matches canceled.[1] The playoffs, however, were played, and the San Jose Earthquakes won their first MLS Cup.

2001 Major League Soccer season
Season2001
MLS CupSan Jose Earthquakes (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldMiami Fusion (1st shield)
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

Standings

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Miami Fusion 53 26 16 5 5 57 36  +21
2 MetroStars 42 26 13 10 3 38 35  +3
3 New England Revolution 27 27 7 14 6 35 52  −17
4 D.C. United 26 26 8 16 2 42 50  −8
2001 Supporters' Shield winner
2001 MLS Cup Playoffs
Central Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Chicago Fire 53 27 16 6 5 50 30  +20
2 Columbus Crew 45 26 13 7 6 49 36  +13
3 Dallas Burn 35 26 10 11 5 48 47  +1
4 Tampa Bay Mutiny 14 27 4 21 2 32 68  −36
2001 MLS Cup Playoffs
Western Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 47 26 14 7 5 52 36  +16
2 San Jose Earthquakes 45 26 13 7 6 47 29  +18
3 Kansas City Wizards 36 27 11 13 3 33 53  −20
4 Colorado Rapids 23 26 5 13 8 36 47  −11
2001 MLS Cup Playoffs
  • Top eight teams with the highest points per game clinch playoff berth, regardless of division.
  • Miami Fusion F.C. wins first tiebreaker with Chicago Fire (2-0 in head-to-head competition)
  • Columbus Crew wins first tiebreaker with San Jose Earthquakes (1-0-1 in head-to-head competition)
  • Season shortened due to September 11 attacks. Due to the different number of games played, playoff ordering determined by points per game, instead of total points.[1]
  • Dallas Burn (1.35 ppg) finishes ahead of Kansas City Wizards (1.33 ppg) in points per game

MLS Cup Playoffs

Playoff Bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals MLS Cup 2001
                                   
  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

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'+
Kansas City Wizards1–2Miami Fusion
Lowe  13' Preki  14'
Henderson  71'

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  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.)
Columbus Crew0–3San Jose Earthquakes
Lagos  9'
Cerritos  68'
Donovan  76'

San Jose Earthquakes advance 6–0 on points.

Semifinals


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

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 7–1 on points.


Miami Fusion0–4San Jose Earthquakes
Donovan  16'
Russell  57'
Lagos  69'
De Rosario  89'

San Jose Earthquakes advance 6–3 on points.

MLS Cup

Player awards

AwardPlayerClub
Most Valuable Player Alex Pineda ChaconMiami Fusion
Scoring Champion Alex Pineda Chacon (47 Points)Miami Fusion
Defender of the Year Jeff AgoosSan Jose Earthquakes
Goalkeeper of the Year Tim HowardMetroStars
Rookie of the Year Rodrigo FariaMetroStars
Coach of the Year Frank YallopSan Jose Earthquakes
Comeback Player of the Year Troy DayakSan Jose Earthquakes
Goal of the Year Clint MathisMetroStars
Fair Play Award Alex Pineda ChaconMiami Fusion
Humanitarian of the Year Tim HowardMetroStars

Player statistics

Top goal scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Alex Pineda Chacon Miami Fusion F.C. 19
2 Diego Serna Miami Fusion F.C. 15
3 John Spencer Colorado Rapids 14
Abdul Thompson Conteh D.C. United 14
5 Ronald Cerritos San Jose Earthquakes 11
Ariel Graziani Dallas Burn 11
7 Jeff Cunningham Columbus Crew 10
Eric Wynalda* Chicago Fire 10
9 Mamadou Diallo Tampa Bay Mutiny 9
10 Jaime Moreno D.C. United 9

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

Attendance

Club Games Season Game Avg.
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
OVERALL 158 2,363,859 14,961


International Competition

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Copa Merconorte

CONCACAF Giants Cup

References

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