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MLS Playoffs

Instead of a standard best-of-three series, each quarterfinal and semifinal of the MLS playoffs is won by the first team to accumulate five points. Just like in the regular season, three points were awarded for a win and one for a tie. The standard 10-minute, sudden-death overtime is played following each game in the event the score is tied. The winner of the series is the first team to reach or exceed five points within the three games. Should the series remain even on points following regulation or overtime of the third game (3-3, or 4-4) the two clubs would move directly to an additional 20-minute “golden-goal” overtime period (two 10-minute halves). If neither team scores during the 20-minute period, the game would be decided on penalty kicks.

Quarterfinals

DateResult
Sept. 22at Miami 2, Kansas City 0
Sept. 26at Kansas City 3, Miami 0
Sept. 29at Miami 2, Kansas City 1
Miami wins series, 6-3
 
DateResult
Sept. 22San Jose 3, at Columbus 1
Sept. 26at San Jose 3, Columbus 0
San Jose wins series, 6-0
 
DateResult
Sept. 23at Los Angeles 1, N.Y./N.J. 1
Sept. 26at N.Y./N.J. 4, Los Angeles 1
Sept. 29at Los Angeles 3, N.Y./N.J. 2 (OT)
Series tied 4-4, Los Angeles wins series in tiebreaker
 
DateResult
Sept. 20at Chicago 2, Dallas 0
Sept. 23at Dallas 1, Chicago 1
Sept. 29at Chicago 2, Dallas 0
Chicago wins series, 7-1

Semifinals

Teams earn three points for a win and one point for a tie; first team to earn five points advances.

DateResult
Oct. 10at Miami 1, San Jose 0
Oct. 14at San Jose 4, Miami 0
Oct. 17San Jose 1, at Miami 0
 (San Jose wins series, 6 points to 3)
DateResult
Oct. 10Los Angeles 1, at Chicago 1
Oct. 13at Los Angeles 1, Chicago 0 (OT)
Oct. 17Los Angeles 2, at Chicago 0
 (Los Angeles wins series, 7 points to 1)

MLS Cup 2001

San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1 (OT)

Oct. 21 at Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 21,626

 12OT—F
San Jose1012
Los Angeles1001
First Half: LA-Luis Hernandez (Greg Vanney, Kevin Hartman), 21st minute; SJ-Landon Donovan (Ian Russell, Richard Mulrooney), 43rd.
Overtime: SJ-Dwayne DeRosario (Ronnie Ekelund, Zak Ibsen), 96th.
MVP: Dwayne DeRosario, San Jose, Forward

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