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2005 Major League Soccer season

2005 Major League Soccer season
Season 2005
MLS Cup Los Angeles Galaxy
Supporters' Shield S.J. Earthquakes
Matches played 192
Goals scored 551 (2.87 per match)
Top goalscorer Taylor Twellman
N.E. Revolution
Goals: 17
Biggest home win CHV 5-1 RSL
Biggest away win CLB 0-4 KCW
Highest scoring NY 5-4 NE
Longest winning run N.E. Revolution
Games: 6
(04/09 - 05/14)
S.J. Earthquakes
Games: 6
(08/20 - 09/21)
Longest unbeaten run S.J. Earthquakes
Games: 14
Longest losing run Real Salt Lake
Games: 10
(08/10 - 10/05)
Highest attendance Los Angeles Galaxy
Season: 387,256
Game Avg.: 24,204
Lowest attendance K.C. Wizards
Season: 155,060
Game Avg.: 9,691
Average attendance MLS
Season: 2,900,716
Game Avg.: 15,108

The 2005 Major League Soccer season was the tenth season of MLS, which began on April 2, 2005, and concluded on November 13, 2005 with the first Supporters' Shield victory for the San Jose Earthquakes and a second MLS Cup victory for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Changes from 2004 Season

2005 in Summary

The New England Revolution and FC Dallas began the year as the league's dominant teams, especially when Dallas acquired Carlos Ruiz in a trade after Landon Donovan returned from a disappointing stint with Bayer Leverkusen and wanted to play with his hometown Los Angeles Galaxy. Injuries and inconsistent play slowed FC Dallas down as the season wore on, and the 2001 and 2003 MLS Cup champion San Jose Earthquakes eventually won the regular-season Supporters' Shield with the third-best record in the league's 10-year history. FC Dallas opened its new stadium, Pizza Hut Park, in August, although it did not operate at full capacity until November. As he did at the Home Depot Center, Ruiz scored the first two goals in the new stadium in a 2-2 tie against the MetroStars.

Expansion franchises Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA struggled in their first season, making playoff qualification a routine matter for the other four Western Conference teams. Chivas USA proved a disappointment in terms of consistent attendance, but its derbies against Los Angeles added excitement and intensity to the calendar, even though the Galaxy won all five (four regular season and one U.S. Open Cup) meetings. Real Salt Lake finished second in the league in attendance.

The MetroStars fired head coach Bob Bradley late in the season and qualified for the playoffs with a 2-0 win over Chivas USA on the final day of the season. Their campaign was boosted by former French international Youri Djorkaeff, who proved one of the league's most successful international signings and took over as MetroStars captain.

In the playoffs, Western Conference No. 4 seed Los Angeles knocked off rival San Jose behind inspired play from former Earthquake Donovan. Colorado edged Dallas on penalty kicks after a classic overtime that saw each team score in overtime and Ruiz hit the post with a penalty kick. In the Eastern Conference, New England rallied from a 2-0 aggregate deficit with three goals in the game's final 25 minutes to beat the MetroStars in snowy Gillette Stadium. Defending champion D.C. United crashed out after a 4-0 home loss to the Chicago Fire.

In the conference finals, Donovan scored twice to lead the Galaxy past Colorado, and an early Clint Dempsey goal carried New England into the final. Fire players thought they had tied the game in stoppage time, but a linesman's controversial offside call (proven correct by video replay) denied them the equalizer.

For the second time in four years, Los Angeles beat New England 1-0 in overtime to win MLS Cup. Maligned Guatemalan forward Pando Ramirez, whose only goal on the season came on a penalty kick that hit the post and went in off Joe Cannon's back, scored the game's only goal before a sellout crowd at Pizza Hut Park.

Final standings

Eastern Conference

Western Conference


MLS Cup Playoffs


Conference Semifinals

October 22, 2005
New England Revolution 0–1 MetroStars
Joseph Booked 43' Report Guevara Goal 34'
Stammler Booked 41'
Djorkaeff Booked 74'
Giants Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey

Attendance: 10,003
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela
October 29, 2005
MetroStars 1–3 New England Revolution
Djorkaeff Goal 59' Report Hednandez Booked 31'
Cancela Goal 68'
Noonan Goal 73'
Smith Goal 83'
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts

Attendance: 9,581
Referee: Brian Hall

New England Revolution advance 3-2 on aggregate.

October 21, 2005
D.C. United 0–0 Chicago Fire
Kovalenko Booked 28'
Quaranta Booked 31'
Carroll Booked 47'
Report Brown Booked 24'
Soldier Field
Chicago, Illinois

Attendance: 11,493
Referee: Brian Hall
October 30, 2005
Chicago Fire 4–0 D.C. United
Stewart Goal 10'
Guerrero Goal 37'
Guerrero Goal 45+5'
Segares Booked 52'
Marsch Goal 67'
Report Olsen Booked 21'
Gómez Red card 55'
Filomeno Booked 71'
Adu Booked 80'
RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.

Attendance: 20,089
Referee: Kevin Stott

Chicago Fire advance 4-0 on aggregate.

October 23, 2005
San Jose Earthquakes 1–3 Los Angeles Galaxy
Barrett Booked 12'
Clark Booked 26'
Robinson Booked 63'
Clark Goal 68'
Report Gomez Goal 13'
Nagamura Booked 33'
Donovan Goal 39'
Dunivant Booked 68'
Albright Booked 71'
Gomez Booked 79'
Donovan Goal 87'
Home Depot Center
Carson, California

Attendance: 17,466
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
October 29, 2005
Los Angeles Galaxy 1–1 San Jose Earthquakes
Grabavoy Goal 67' Report Ching Goal 42'
Gray Booked 44'
Clark Booked 89'
Spartan Stadium
San Jose, California

Attendance: 17,824
Referee: Alex Prus

Los Angeles Galaxy advance 4-2 on aggregate.

October 22, 2005
FC Dallas 0–0 Colorado Rapids
Jolley Booked 65'
O'Brien Booked 74'
Report Beckerman Booked 29'
Denver, Colorado

Attendance: 9,625
Referee: Michael Kennedy
October 29, 2005
Colorado Rapids 2–2 FC Dallas
Cunningham Goal 19'
Mastroeni Booked 48'
Nkong Red card 58'
Denton Booked 68'
Cannon Booked 90+1'
Kirovski Booked 92'
Kotschau Goal 106'
Report Rhine Booked 57'
Valakari Booked 63'
Ruíz Goal 67'
Gbandi Booked 90+2'
Ruiz Goal 105'
Mastroeni Penalty scored
Kirovski Penalty scored
Cunningham Penalty scored
Cooke Penalty scored
Philippe Penalty scored
5–4 Penalty scored Ruíz
Penalty scored Núñez
Penalty scored Pareja
Penalty scored Vanney
Penalty missed Miña
Pizza Hut Park
Frisco, Texas

Attendance: 10,104
Referee: Terry Vaughn

Colorado Rapids advance 5-4 on penalties (2-2 on aggregate).

Conference finals

November 5, 2005
Los Angeles Galaxy 2–0 Colorado Rapids
Ihemelu Booked 25'
Donovan Goal 28' Goal 88'
Marshall Booked 71'
Report Mastroeni Booked 22'
Denver, Colorado

Attendance: 12,789
Referee: Brian Hall

November 6, 2005
Chicago Fire 0–1 New England Revolution
Jaqua Booked 27'
Barrett Booked 73'
Marsch Booked 80'
Segares Booked 83'
Caballero Booked 89'
Herron Red card 90+2'
Report Dempsey Goal 4'
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts

Attendance: 18,118
Referee: Terry Vaughn

MLS Cup 2005

November 13, 2005
New England Revolution 0–1
Los Angeles Galaxy
Hernandez Booked 15'
Franchino Booked 22'
Joseph Booked 37'
Riley Booked 54'
Heaps Booked 76'
Report Dunivant Booked 33'
Nagamura Booked 56'
Marshall Booked 69'
Gomez Booked 78'
Albright Booked 81'
Ramírez Goal 105'
Pizza Hut Park
Frisco, Texas

Attendance: 21,193
Referee: Kevin Stott

Conference champions New England Revolution and Los Angeles Galaxy
earn MLS berths to CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2006.

Team Awards

Individual Awards

Award Player Club
Most Valuable Player Taylor Twellman New England Revolution
Scoring Champion Taylor Twellman (17) points New England Revolution
Defender of the Year Jimmy Conrad Kansas City Wizards
Goalkeeper of the Year Pat Onstad San Jose Earthquakes
Rookie of the Year Michael Parkhurst New England Revolution
Coach of the Year Dominic Kinnear San Jose Earthquakes
Comeback Player of the Year Chris Klein Kansas City Wizards
Goal of the Year Dwayne De Rosario San Jose Earthquakes
Fair Play Award Ronald Cerritos San Jose Earthquakes
Humanitarian of the Year Brian Kamler Real Salt Lake

Top Goal Scorers

Position Player Club Goals
1 Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 17
2 Jaime Moreno D.C. United 16
3 Jeff Cunningham Colorado Rapids 12
Landon Donovan Los Angeles Galaxy 12
5 Christian Gomez D.C. United 11
Herculez Gomez Los Angeles Galaxy 11
Amado Guevara MetroStars 11
Carlos Ruiz FC Dallas 11
9 Clint Dempsey New England Revolution 10
Youri Djorkaeff MetroStars 10
Josh Wolff Kansas City Wizards 10

Goal-Scoring Totals

Club Overall
For Avg.
Against Avg.
D.C. United 16-10-6 58 1.81 (1st) 27 1.16 (2nd)
New England Revolution 17-7-8 55 1.72 (2nd) 37 1.16 (2nd)
MetroStars 12-9-11 53 1.66 (3rd) 49 1.53 (9th)
San Jose Earthquakes 18-4-10 53 1.66 (4th) 31 0.97 (1st)
FC Dallas 13-10-9 52 1.63 (5th) 44 1.38 (5th)
Kansas City Wizards 11-9-12 52 1.63 (6th) 44 1.38 (5th)
Chicago Fire 15-13-4 49 1.53 (7th) 50 1.56 (10th)
Los Angeles Galaxy 13-13-6 44 1.38 (8th) 45 1.41 (7th)
Colorado Rapids 13-13-6 40 1.25 (9th) 37 1.16 (2nd)
Columbus Crew 11-16-5 34 1.06 (10th) 45 1.41 (7th)
CD Chivas USA 4-22-6 31 0.97 (11th) 67 2.09 (12th)
Real Salt Lake 5-22-5 30 0.94 (12th) 65 2.03 (11th)
Overall Totals 551 2.87

Team Attendance Totals

Club Stadium Games Season Game Avg.
Chicago Fire Soldier Field 16 275,811 17,238
Colorado Rapids INVESCO Field 16 218,206 13,638
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew Stadium 16 206,654 12,916
MetroStars Giants Stadium 16 241,230 15,077
Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium 16 155,060 9,691
D.C. United Robert F. Kennedy Stadium 16 266,617 16,664
New England Revolution Gillette Stadium 16 200,397 12,525
Los Angeles Galaxy Home Depot Center 16 387,256 24,204
San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium 16 208,594 13,037
FC Dallas Pizza Hut Park 16 179,021 11,189
CD Chivas USA Home Depot Center 16 273,284 17,080
Real Salt Lake Rice-Eccles Stadium 16 288,586 18,037
MLS Totals 192 2,900,716 15,108
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