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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.

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 Parkmarker, 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 Stadiummarker. 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

Conference Semifinals

New England advance 3-2 on aggregate.

Chicago advance 4-0 on aggregate.

Los Angeles advance 4-2 on aggregate.

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

Conference Finals

MLS Cup 2005

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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