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2004 Major League Soccer season
Season 2004
MLS Cup D.C. United
Supporters' Shield Columbus Crew
2003
2005

This is a summary of the 2004 Major League Soccer season, which culminated with D.C. United winning its fourth MLS Cup championship.

The biggest news in the beginning of the season was the signing of 14-year-old prodigy Freddy Adu, who made his debut as a substitute in United's season opener and scored his first goal several games later against the rival MetroStars. Adu contributed as a substitute on DC's championship team, scoring five goals as the youngest player in North American sports history.

The season saw the emergence of forwards Brian Ching (San Jose) and Eddie Johnson (Dallas) as formidable forwards, not only for their MLS teams, but for the United States national team as well. The two shared Golden Boot honors.

The Columbus Crew emerged as a dominant team in the second half of the regular season, running off an MLS-record 18-game unbeaten streak en route to the Supporters' Shield title, won after finishing level on points with Kansas City.

In the playoffs, however, the Crew were taken down by the New England Revolution, who ended the Crew's streak in the opening leg, and goalkeeper Matt Reis, who saved two penalty kicks in the second leg. United cruised past the rival MetroStars (and league MVP Amado Guevara) 4-0 on aggregate in the other Eastern Conference semifinal.

In the Western Conference, Kansas City rallied from a 2-0 first-leg deficit for a dramatic 3-0 win in stoppage time over the defending MLS Cup champion San Jose Earthquakes in their conference semifinal. The Los Angeles Galaxy used a 2-0 home victory in the second leg to overcome the Colorado Rapids and goalie Joe Cannon, who had led the Rapids to a 1-0 victory in the opener.

In the conference finals, Kansas City used two goals from unsung forward Davy Arnaud, who enjoyed a breakout season, to beat the Galaxy and return to the final for the first time since 2000. DC United and New England hooked up in the Eastern Conference final in one of the best games in MLS playoff history. Playing at home, D.C. United took three different leads, only to see New England recover each time to tie the match 3-3 in a game full of highlight-reel goals. The match was finally decided by the first conventional shootout in MLS history, with Nick Rimando saving the first 'sudden death' penalty from Rookie of the Year Clint Dempsey to send DC to the championship.

In the second consecutive final held at the Home Depot Center, DC rebounded from an early Jose Burciaga goal by scoring three goals in eight minutes, including two from Alecko Eskandarian to take a 3-1 lead. In the second half, Dema Kovalenko became the first player to be sent off in an MLS Cup final after knocking a shot off the goal line with his hand. Although Josh Wolff converted the penalty kick, DC United held on with only 10 men to win its fourth championship in the nine-year history of MLS.

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Final standings

Position Eastern Conference Points Played Wins Losses Ties Goals Against Difference Average attendance
1 Columbus Crew 49 30 12 5 13 40 32 +8 16,872
2 D.C. United 42 30 11 10 9 43 42 +1 17,232
3 MetroStars 40 30 11 12 7 47 49 -2 17,195
4 New England Revolution 33 30 8 13 9 42 43 -1 12,226
5 Chicago Fire 33 30 8 13 9 36 44 -8 17,153
Position Western Conference Points Played Wins Losses Ties Goals Against Difference Average attendance
1 Kansas City Wizards 49 30 14 9 7 38 30 +8 14,816
2 Los Angeles Galaxy 43 30 11 9 10 42 40 +2 23,809
3 Colorado Rapids 41 30 10 9 11 29 32 -3 14,195
4 San Jose Earthquakes 38 30 9 10 11 41 35 +6 13,001
5 Dallas Burn 36 30 10 14 6 34 45 -11 9,088

MLS Cup Playoffs

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Conference Semifinals

October 23, 2004
Columbus Crew 0–1 New England Revolution Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 5,679
Referee: N/A
Buddle Booked in the 26th minute 26'
Fraser Booked in the 35th minute 35'
Report Joseph Booked in the 4th minute 4'
John Goal 25'
John Booked in the 58th minute 58'
Heaps Booked in the 82nd minute 82'
October 31, 2004
New England Revolution 1–1 Columbus Crew Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 15,224
Referee: Alex Prus
Twellman Goal 81' Report Martino Booked in the 26th minute 26'
Hejduk Booked in the 68th minute 68'
Buddle Goal 90+2'

New England advance 2-1 on aggregate.


October 23, 2004
D.C. United 2–0 MetroStars Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 11,161
Referee: Kevin Stott
Kovalenko Booked in the 50th minute 50'
Nelsen Booked in the 62nd minute 62'
Stewart Goal 67'
Gros Booked in the 75th minute 75'
Eskandarian Goal 88'
Report Walker Booked in the 68th minute 68'
October 30, 2004
MetroStars 0–2 D.C. United RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 15,763
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela
Flores Booked in the 6th minute 6'
Guevara Booked in the 18th minute 18'
Clark Booked in the 45+1th minute 45+1'
Pope Booked in the 88th minute 88'
Report Olsen Booked in the 27th minute 27'
Namoff Booked in the 35th minute 35'
Kovalenko Booked in the 41st minute 41'
Nelsen Booked in the 61st minute 61'
Moreno Goal 85'
Adu Booked in the 86th minute 86'
Namoff Goal 89'

DC United advance 4-0 on aggregate.


October 24, 2004
Kansas City Wizards 0–2 San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium, San Jose, California
Attendance: 8,659
Referee: Kevin Terry
Simutenkov Booked in the 41st minute 41'
Zotinca Booked in the 59th minute 59'
Report Agoos Booked in the 24th minute 24'
Mullan Booked in the 38th minute 38'
De Rosario Goal 40'
Waibel Goal 52'
October 30, 2004
San Jose Earthquakes 0–3 Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 10,022
Referee: Terry Vaugn
Donovan Booked in the 43rd minute 43' Report Stephenson Goal 26'
Jewsbury Booked in the 45+1th minute 45+1'
Ching Goal 48' (o.g.)
Arnaud Booked in the 56th minute 56'
Gutierrez Booked in the 78th minute 78'
Jewsbury Goal 90+2'

Kansas City advance 3-2 on aggregate.


October 22, 2004
Los Angeles Galaxy 0–1 Colorado Rapids INVESCO Field, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 8,028
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Broome Booked in the 66th minute 66' Report Peguero Goal 30'
Kotschau Booked in the 40th minute 40'
Mastroeni Booked in the 76th minute 76'
October 30, 2004
Colorado Rapids 0–2 Los Angeles Galaxy Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 20,026
Referee: Michael Kennedy
Beckerman Booked in the 42nd minute 42'
Kotschau Booked in the 52nd minute 52'
Report Ruiz Goal 30'
Ruiz Booked in the 42nd minute 42'
Marshall Goal 45+3'
Kirovski Booked in the 74th minute 74'
Hartman Booked in the 76th minute 76'

Los Angeles advance 2-1 on aggregate.


Conference finals

November 5, 2004
Los Angeles Galaxy 0–2 Kansas City Wizards Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Attendance: 11,931
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
Vagenas Booked in the 26th minute 26'
Broome Booked in the 72nd minute 72'
Herzog Booked in the 83rd minute 83'
Report Arnaud Goal 24' Goal 68'
Burciaga Jr. Booked in the 41st minute 41'
Zotinca Booked in the 72nd minute 72'

November 6, 2004
New England Revolution 3–3 D.C. United RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 21,201
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Joseph Booked in the 1st minute 1'
Twellman Goal 17'
Ralston Goal 44' (pen.)
John Booked in the 55th minute 55'
Pierce Booked in the 62nd minute 62'
Noonan Goal 85'
Report Eskandarian Goal 11'
Moreno Goal 21'
Eskandarian Booked in the 49th minute 49'
Namoff Booked in the 58th minute 58'
Gomez Goal 67'
Olsen Booked in the 87th minute 87'
    Penalties  
Missed (saved) Ralston
Scored Reis
Scored Twellman
Missed (saved) Heaps
Scored Joseph
Missed (saved) Dempsey
3–4 Olsen Missed (saved)
Quaranta Scored
Adu Scored
Eskandarian Scored
Moreno Missed (saved)
Carroll Scored
 

DC United advance 4-3 on penalties (3-3 after extra time).


MLS Cup 2004

November 14, 2004
Kansas City Wizards 2–3 D.C. United Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 25,797
Referee: Michael Kennedy
Burciaga Jr. Goal 6'
Gutierrez Booked in the 33rd minute 33'
Wolff Goal 58' (pen.)
Report Eskandarian Goal 19' Goal 23'
Zotinca Goal 26' (o.g.)
Stewart Booked in the 55th minute 55'
Kovalenko Red card 57'
Namoff Booked in the 72nd minute 72'
Olsen Booked in the 89th minute 89'

D.C. United wins the MLS Cup while both Kansas City and D.C. United earn MLS berths to CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2005.

Team Awards

Individual awards


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