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2005 Major League Soccer season
Season 2005
MLS Cup Los Angeles Galaxy
Supporters' Shield San Jose Earthquakes
2004
2006

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 a second MLS Cup victory for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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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

Position Eastern Conference Points Played Wins Losses Ties Goals Against Difference Average attendance
1 New England Revolution 59 32 17 7 8 55 37 +18 12,525
2 D.C. United 54 32 16 10 6 58 37 +21 16,664
3 Chicago Fire 49 32 15 13 4 49 50 -1 17,238
4 MetroStars 47 32 12 9 11 53 49 +4 15,077
5 Kansas City Wizards 45 32 11 9 12 52 44 +8 9,691
6 Columbus Crew 38 32 11 16 5 34 45 -11 12,916
Position Western Conference Points Played Wins Losses Ties Goals Against Difference Average attendance
1 San Jose Earthquakes 64 32 18 4 10 53 31 +22 13,037
2 FC Dallas 48 32 13 10 9 52 44 +8 11,189
3 Colorado Rapids 45 32 13 13 6 40 37 +3 13,638
4 Los Angeles Galaxy 45 32 13 13 6 44 45 -1 24,204
5 Real Salt Lake 20 32 5 22 5 30 65 -35 18,037
6 Chivas USA 18 32 4 22 6 31 67 -36 17,080

MLS Cup Playoffs

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Conference Semifinals

October 22, 2005
New England Revolution 0–1 MetroStars Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 10,003
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela
Joseph Booked in the 43rd minute 43' Report Guevara Goal 34'
Stammler Booked in the 41st minute 41'
Djorkaeff Booked in the 74th minute 74'
October 29, 2005
MetroStars 1–3 New England Revolution Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 9,581
Referee: Brian Hall
Djorkaeff Goal 59' Report Hednandez Booked in the 31st minute 31'
Cancela Goal 68'
Noonan Goal 73'
Smith Goal 83'

New England advance 3-2 on aggregate.


October 21, 2005
D.C. United 0–0 Chicago Fire Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 11,493
Referee: Brian Hall
Kovalenko Booked in the 28th minute 28'
Quaranta Booked in the 31st minute 31'
Carroll Booked in the 47th minute 47'
Report Brown Booked in the 24th minute 24'
October 30, 2005
Chicago Fire 4–0 D.C. United RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 20,089
Referee: Kevin Stott
Stewart Goal 10'
Guerrero Goal 37'
Guerrero Goal 45+5'
Segares Booked in the 52nd minute 52'
Marsch Goal 67'
Report Olsen Booked in the 21st minute 21'
Gómez Red card 55'
Filomeno Booked in the 71st minute 71'
Adu Booked in the 80th minute 80'

Chicago advance 4-0 on aggregate.


October 23, 2005
San Jose Earthquakes 1–3 Los Angeles Galaxy Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 17,466
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja
Barrett Booked in the 12th minute 12'
Clark Booked in the 26th minute 26'
Robinson Booked in the 63rd minute 63'
Clark Goal 68'
Report Gomez Goal 13'
Nagamura Booked in the 33rd minute 33'
Donovan Goal 39'
Dunivant Booked in the 68th minute 68'
Albright Booked in the 71st minute 71'
Gomez Booked in the 79th minute 79'
Donovan Goal 87'
October 29, 2005
Los Angeles Galaxy 1–1 San Jose Earthquakes Spartan Stadium, San Jose, California
Attendance: 17,824
Referee: Alex Prus
Grabavoy Goal 67' Report Ching Goal 42'
Gray Booked in the 44th minute 44'
Clark Booked in the 89th minute 89'

Los Angeles advance 4-2 on aggregate.


October 22, 2005
FC Dallas 0–0 Colorado Rapids INVESCO Field, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 9,625
Referee: Michael Kennedy
Jolley Booked in the 65th minute 65'
O'Brien Booked in the 74th minute 74'
Report Beckerman Booked in the 29th minute 29'
October 29, 2005
Colorado Rapids 2–2 FC Dallas Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas
Attendance: 10,104
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Cunningham Goal 19'
Mastroeni Booked in the 48th minute 48'
Nkong Red card 58'
Denton Booked in the 68th minute 68'
Cannon Booked in the 90+1th minute 90+1'
Kirovski Booked in the 92nd minute 92'
Kotschau Goal 106'
Report Rhine Booked in the 57th minute 57'
Valakari Booked in the 63rd minute 63'
Ruíz Goal 67'
Gbandi Booked in the 90+2th minute 90+2'
Ruiz Goal 105'
    Penalties  
Scored Mastroeni
Scored Kirovski
Scored Cunningham
Scored Cooke
Scored Philippe
5–4 Ruíz Scored
Núñez Scored
Pareja Scored
Vanney Scored
Miña Missed (saved)
 

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


Conference finals

November 5, 2005
Los Angeles Galaxy 2–0 Colorado Rapids INVESCO Field, Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 12,789
Referee: Brian Hall
Ihemelu Booked in the 25th minute 25'
Donovan Goal 28' Goal 88'
Marshall Booked in the 71st minute 71'
Report Mastroeni Booked in the 22nd minute 22'

November 6, 2005
Chicago Fire 0–1 New England Revolution Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 18,118
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Jaqua Booked in the 27th minute 27'
Barrett Booked in the 73rd minute 73'
Marsch Booked in the 80th minute 80'
Segares Booked in the 83rd minute 83'
Caballero Booked in the 89th minute 89'
Herron Red card 90+2'
Report Dempsey Goal 4'

MLS Cup 2005

November 13, 2005
New England Revolution 0–1
(OT)
Los Angeles Galaxy Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas
Attendance: 21,193
Referee: Kevin Stott
Hernandez Booked in the 15th minute 15'
Franchino Booked in the 22nd minute 22'
Joseph Booked in the 37th minute 37'
Riley Booked in the 54th minute 54'
Heaps Booked in the 76th minute 76'
Report Dunivant Booked in the 33rd minute 33'
Nagamura Booked in the 56th minute 56'
Marshall Booked in the 69th minute 69'
Gomez Booked in the 78th minute 78'
Albright Booked in the 81st minute 81'
Ramírez Goal 105'


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

Top 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

Team Awards

International Competition

Individual awards


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