2003 Major League Soccer season

The 2003 Major League Soccer season was the 8th season of play for Major League Soccer.

2003 Major League Soccer season
Season2003
MLS CupSan Jose Earthquakes (2nd title)
Supporters' ShieldChicago Fire (1st shield)
Matches played150
Goals scored433 (2.89 per match)
Top goalscorerCarlos Ruiz
Los Angeles Galaxy
Goals: 15
Taylor Twellman
N.E. Revolution
Goals: 15
Biggest home winCHI 4–0 COL
CLB 6–2 CHI
Biggest away winSJ 1–4 CHI
DAL 0–3 SJ
Highest scoringNY 4–4 SJ
CLB 6–2 CHI
Longest winning runColorado Rapids
Games: 5
(07/04 – 08/09)
MetroStars
Games: 5
(04/26 – 05/24)
Longest unbeaten runChicago Fire
Games: 7
(07/19 – 08/24)
Colorado Rapids
Games: 7
(08/16 – 10/01)
Longest losing runColorado Rapids
Games: 4
(05/03 – 05/25)
Dallas Burn
Games: 4
(07/19 -08/13)
Highest attendanceLos Angeles Galaxy
Season: 329,752
Game Avg.: 21,983
Lowest attendanceDallas Burn
Season: 118,585
Game Avg.: 7,906
Average attendanceMLS
Season: 2,234,747
Game Avg.: 14,898
2002
2004

Changes From 2002

Instead of a best-of-three series, the MLS Cup Playoffs changed their format so that the quarterfinal fixtures (or conference semifinals) would be a home and away aggregate over two matches, the team with the higher seed would have the home game in the second leg. The two semifinals (or conference finals) became one match fixtures instead of two legs. The Cup final remained one match.

Final standings

Eastern Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
s – Chicago Fire 3015785343+1053
x – New England Revolution 3012995547+845
x – MetroStars 30111094040042
x – D.C. United 30101193836+239
Columbus Crew 30101284444038
Western Conference GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
x – San Jose Earthquakes 3014794535+1051
x – Kansas City Wizards 30111094844+442
x – Colorado Rapids 30111274045–540
x – Los Angeles Galaxy 3091293535036
Dallas Burn 3061953564–2923
  • The top four teams in each conference make the playoffs.

s = Supporters Shield
x = Playoff Berth

Play-off Bracket

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2003
                             
E1 Chicago (wins 4–0 agg.) 2 2  
E4 D.C. United 0 0  
  E1 Chicago 1  
Eastern Conference
  E3 New England 0  
E2 New England (wins 3–1 agg.) 2 1
E3 MetroStars 0 1  
  E1 Chicago 2
  W1 San Jose 4
W1 San Jose (wins 5–4 agg.) 0 5*  
W4 Los Angeles 2 2  
  W1 San Jose 3
Western Conference
  W3 Kansas City 2  
W3 Kansas City (wins 3–1 agg.) 1 2
W2 Colorado 1 0  

Eastern Conference Semifinals

Chicago Fire2–0D.C. United
Williams  4'
Razov  94'
Attendance: 15,202
D.C. United0–2Chicago Fire
Ralph  17'
Razov  55'
Attendance: 15,312

Chicago Fire won 4–0 on aggregate.


MetroStars1–1New England Revolution
Guevara  45' (pen.) Noonan  21'

New England Revolution won 3–1 on aggregate.

Western Conference Semifinals

Los Angeles Galaxy2–5 (a.e.t.)San Jose Earthquakes
Ruiz  7'
Vagenas  13'
Agoos  21'
Donovan  35'
Walker  50'
Roner  90'
Faria  96'

San Jose Earthquakes won 5–4 on aggregate after golden goal extra time.


Kansas City Wizards1–1Colorado Rapids
Harris  3' Borchers  53'

Kansas City Wizards won 3–1 on aggregate.

Conference Finals

Eastern Conference

New England Revolution0–1 (a.e.t.)Chicago Fire
Armas  101'
Attendance: 14,610

Western Conference

Kansas City Wizards2–3 (a.e.t.)San Jose Earthquakes
Simutenkov  57'
Klein  72'
Lagos  61'
Mullan  83'
Donovan  117'

MLS Cup 2003

Chicago Fire2–4San Jose Earthquakes
Beasley  49'
Roner  54' (o.g.)
Ekelund  5'
Donovan  38', 71'
Mulrooney  50'

CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Team awards

Individual awards

AwardPlayerClub
Most Valuable Player PrekiKansas City Wizards
Scoring Champion Preki (41) pointsKansas City Wizards
Defender of the Year Carlos BocanegraChicago Fire
Goalkeeper of the Year Pat OnstadSan Jose Earthquakes
Rookie of the Year Damani RalphChicago Fire
Coach of the Year Dave SarachanChicago Fire
Comeback Player of the Year Chris ArmasChicago Fire
Goal of the Year Damani RalphChicago Fire
Fair Play Award Brian McBrideColumbus Crew
Humanitarian of the Year Ben OlsenD.C. United

Top goal scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Carlos Ruiz Los Angeles Galaxy 15
Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 15
2 Ante Razov Chicago Fire 14
John Spencer Colorado Rapids 14
3 Landon Donovan San Jose Earthquakes 12
Brian McBride Columbus Crew 12
Preki Kansas City Wizards 12
4 Mark Chung Colorado Rapids 11
Damani Ralph Chicago Fire 11
5 Edson Buddle Columbus Crew 10
Pat Noonan New England Revolution 10

Goal-scoring totals

ClubOverall
Record
Goals
For
Goals
For Avg.
Goals
Against
Goals
Against Avg.
New England Revolution12-9-9551.83 (1st)471.57 (9th)
Chicago Fire15-7-8531.77 (2nd)431.43 (5th)
Kansas City Wizards11-10-9481.60 (3rd)441.47 (6th)
San Jose Earthquakes14-7-9451.50 (4th)351.17 (1st)
Columbus Crew10-12-8441.47 (5th)441.47 (6th)
Colorado Rapids11-12-7401.33 (6th)451.50 (8th)
MetroStars11-10-9401.33 (7th)401.33 (4th)
D.C. United10-11-9381.27 (8th)361.20 (3rd)
Dallas Burn6-19-5351.117 (9th)642.13 (10th)
Los Angeles Galaxy9-12-9351.17 (10th)351.17 (1st)
Overall totals4332.89

Team attendance totals

Club Stadium Games Season Game Avg.
Los Angeles Galaxy The Home Depot Center 15 329,752 21,983
Colorado Rapids Invesco Field 15 251,578 16,772
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew Stadium 15 243,756 16,250
MetroStars Giants Stadium 15 237,326 15,822
Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium 15 233,594 15,573
D.C. United Robert F. Kennedy Stadium 15 233,476 15,565
New England Revolution Gillette Stadium 15 219,611 14,641
Chicago Fire Cardinal Stadium 15 210,080 14,005
San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium 15 156,989 10,466
Dallas Burn Cotton Bowl 15 118,585 7,906
MLS totals 150 2,234,747 14,898

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

References

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