Conference champions (*) and playoff qualifiers (†) are noted. SOW refers to shootout wins. Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a shootout win. SOW are included in W (win) column. The GF and GA columns refer to Goals For and Goals Against in regulation play. Number of seasons listed after each head coach refers to current tenure with club through the 1998 season.
| ||Tampa Bay||12||20||34||46||57||1|
| ||New England||11||21||29||53||66||2|
Head Coaches: DC— Bruce Arena (3rd season); Clb— Tim Hankinson (1st); NY/NJ— replaced Alfonso Mondelo (1st, 14-17) with Bora Multinovic on Sept. 21; TB— John Kowalski (1st); NE— replaced Tom Rongen (2nd, 8-18) with Walter Zenga on Aug. 24.
| ||San Jose||13||19||33||48||60||3|
| ||Kansas City||12||20||32||45||50||2|
Head Coaches: LA— Octavio Zambrano (2nd season); Chi— Bob Bradley (1st); Colo— Glenn Myernick (2nd); Dal— David Dir (3rd); SJ— Brian Quinn (2nd); KC— Ron Newman (3rd).
Introduction to Major League Soccer Stats for the 1997-98 Season 1997-98 MLS Leading Scorers