1996 Major League Soccer Season
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1996 Major League Soccer Season

1996 Major League Soccer season
Season1996
MLS CupD.C. United (1st title)
Supporters' ShieldTampa Bay Mutiny (1st shield)
Matches played160
Goals scored539 (3.37 per match)
Top goalscorerRoy Lassiter
(27 goals)
Longest winning runLos Angeles Galaxy
Games: 12
(04/13 - 06/30)
Longest losing runColumbus Crew
Games: 6
(05/15 - 06/22)
Highest attendanceLos Angeles Galaxy
Season: 462,650
Game Avg.: 28,916
Lowest attendanceColorado Rapids
Season: 163,413
Game Avg.: 10,213
Total attendance2,785,001
Average attendance17,406
1997 ->

The 1996 Major League Soccer season was the inaugural season of Major League Soccer. It was also the 84th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer, and the 18th with a national first-division league, in the United States and Canada.

Overview

Preparation for first season

Major League Soccer had originally intended to begin competitive action in 1995. Various difficulties forced the league to postpone its first season until 1996. In preparation for its first season, the league began signing what it called marque players, beginning with Tab Ramos on January 3, 1995.[1] Beginning in October 1995, the league apportioned the marque players in the 1996 MLS Inaugural Allocations.[2] Each team received two national team and two foreign players in the allocation.[3] The league then invited about 250 players to a tryout the second week of January 1996 on the campus of UC Irvine.[4] On February 6 and 7, 1996, the league held its 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft in which the ten teams selected 160 players over sixteen rounds. The Columbus Crew selected Brian McBride with the first pick of the draft. On March 4, 1996, the league then held the 1996 MLS College Draft followed by the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft later that day. Despite the numerous drafts, the teams were not obligated to sign only players from the drafts.

Pre-season

The preseason began the first week of March. The teams reduced their rosters to twenty-two players by March 25 and had to make a final roster reduction to eighteen by April 15.[5] The teams had a $1,200,000 salary cap with no player allowed to receive more than $192,500. In order to promote American players, teams were limited to five foreigners on the roster.[6]

Season

The teams played thirty-two games each. Each win was worth three points, a loss counted for zero and a shootout win earned a team one point. Fear of alienating fans with tied games had led the league to adopting the shootout when games ended even. The league also adopted a count down clock instead of running clock, unlike IFAB's standards, but did it away starting with MLS Cup 1999. The league also divided the teams equally into two conferences - Eastern and Western. The league began its first season on Saturday, April 6, 1996, when the San Jose Clash hosted D.C. United at Spartan Stadium. ESPN carried the game live which the Clash won on a goal by Eric Wynalda. That goal was selected as the 1996 MLS Goal of the Year. The regular season ended on September 22. The playoffs began two days later.

Teams

Locations

Stadiums

Colorado Rapids Columbus Crew D.C. United Dallas Burn Kansas City Wiz
Mile High Stadium Ohio Stadium RFK Memorial Stadium Cotton Bowl Arrowhead Stadium
Capacity: 76,273 Capacity: 102,329 Capacity: 46,000 Capacity: 92,100 Capacity: 81,425
Mile High Stadium on July 13, 1995.jpg Skorry-ohiostadium 6048.jpg RFK Stadium aerial photo, 1988.JPEG CottonBowl.jpg Arrowhead Stadium 2010.JPG

Standings

Eastern Conference

Pos Team Pld W L SOW GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 19 12 1 66 51 +15 58 Playoffs
2 D.C. United 32 15 16 1 62 56 +6 46
3 NY/NJ MetroStars 32 12 17 3 45 47 −2 39
4 Columbus Crew 32 11 17 4 59 60 −1 37
5 New England Revolution 32 9 17 6 43 56 −13 33
Source: MLS

Western Conference

Pos Team Pld W L SOW GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Los Angeles Galaxy 32 15 13 4 59 49 +10 49 Playoffs
2 Dallas Burn 32 12 15 5 50 48 +2 41
3 Kansas City Wiz 32 12 15 5 61 63 −2 41
4 San Jose Clash 32 12 17 3 50 50 0 39
5 Colorado Rapids 32 9 21 2 44 59 −15 29
Source: MLS

Overall standings

Pos Team Pld W L SOW GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Tampa Bay Mutiny (X) 32 19 12 1 66 51 +15 58
2 Los Angeles Galaxy 32 15 13 4 59 49 +10 49 1997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup[a]
3 D.C. United (C) 32 15 16 1 62 56 +6 46
4 Dallas Burn 32 12 15 5 50 48 +2 41
5 Kansas City Wiz 32 12 15 5 61 63 −2 41
6 San Jose Clash 32 12 17 3 50 50 0 39
7 NY/NJ MetroStars 32 12 17 3 45 47 −2 39
8 Columbus Crew 32 11 17 4 59 60 −1 37
9 New England Revolution 32 9 17 6 43 56 −13 33
10 Colorado Rapids 32 9 21 2 44 59 −15 29
Source: MLS
(C) Champion; (X) Supporters' Shield winner.
Notes:
  1. ^ Qualified as 1996 MLS Cup finalists

MLS Cup Playoffs

Bracket

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup '96
                                   
  E1 Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 1 4  
E4 Columbus Crew 0 2 1  
  E1 Tampa Bay Mutiny 1 1 x  
Eastern Conference
  E2 D.C. United 4 2 x  
E2 D.C. United 2 (5) 1 2
  E3 NY/NJ MetroStars *(pen.) 2 (6)* 0 1  
    E2 D.C. United (aet) 3
  W1 Los Angeles Galaxy 2
  W1 Los Angeles Galaxy 0 2 2  
W4 San Jose Clash 1 0 0  
  W1 Los Angeles Galaxy *(pen.) 2 1 (3)* x
Western Conference
  W3 Kansas City Wiz 1 1 (1) x  
W2 Dallas Burn 2 2 2 (2)
  W3 Kansas City Wiz *(pen.) 3 1 2 (3)*  
  • Best of Three series winners will advance.

Conference semifinals

Eastern Conference

  • D.C. United wins series 2-1, advances to Conference finals.

Attendance: 20,807
Referee: Brian Hall
  • Tampa Bay Mutiny wins series 2 - 1, advances to Conference finals.

Western Conference

Attendance: 10,125
Attendance: 9,802
Referee: Rich Grady
  • Kansas City Wiz wins series 2-1, advances to Conference finals.

  • Los Angeles Galaxy wins series 2-1, advances to Conference finals.

Conference finals

Eastern Conference

Attendance: 23,566
Referee: Kevin Stott
  • D.C. United wins series 2-0, advances to MLS Cup '96.

Western Conference

Attendance: 25,212
Referee: Brian Hall
  • Los Angeles Galaxy wins series 2-0, advances to MLS Cup '96.

MLS Cup

Attendance: 34,643
Weather: Rain, 44 °F

Player awards

Weekly awards

Monthly awards

End of season awards

Player statistics

Top goal scorers

Goalkeeping leaders

(Minimum 1,000 minutes)

No. Player Club Games
Played
Minutes Goals
Against
GA
Average
Wins Loses
1 Mexico Jorge Campos Los Angeles Galaxy 24 2025 27 1.20 13 8
2 United States Dave Salzwedel San Jose Clash 14 1168 17 1.31 9 4
3 United States Tony Meola NY/NJ MetroStars 29 2610 38 1.31 14 15
4 United States Mark Dodd Dallas Burn 31 2776 45 1.46 17 14
5 United States Mark Simpson D.C. United 15 1260 21 1.50 7 6
6 United States Mark Dougherty Tampa Bay Mutiny 28 2520 47 1.68 17 11
7 United States Aidan Heaney New England Revolution 19 1534 29 1.70 8 9
8 United States Tom Liner San Jose Clash 20 1712 33 1.73 7 12
9 United States Garth Lagerwey Kansas City Wiz 23 1959 38 1.75 12 10
10 United States Jim St. Andre New England Revolution 15 1346 27 1.81 6 9
11 England Chris Woods Colorado Rapids 23 2070 43 1.87 8 15
12 United States Jeff Causey D.C. United 19 1620 35 1.94 9 10
13 United States Bo Oshoniyi Columbus Crew 13 1170 33 2.54 3 10

Attendance

Club Games Season totals Game average
Los Angeles Galaxy 16 462,650 28,916
NY/NJ MetroStars 16 382,360 23,898
New England Revolution 16 304,392 19,025
Columbus Crew 16 303,202 18,950
San Jose Clash 16 275,712 17,232
Dallas Burn 16 256,173 16,011
D.C. United 16 244,199 15,262
Kansas City Wiz 16 206,044 12,878
Tampa Bay Mutiny 16 186,856 11,679
Colorado Rapids 16 163,413 10,213
Total 160 2,785,001 17,406

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

References

  1. ^ Ramos Signs With Major League Soccer
  2. ^ Major League Soccer Gets Set for Unveilings
  3. ^ Giants Stadium Will Go Natural Again
  4. ^ Pro Soccer Combine Begins Today at UC Irvine
  5. ^ RAPIDS RELEASE THREE PLAYERS
  6. ^ "The Year in American Soccer - 1995". Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012.

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