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 1999 season.
|†||Tampa Bay Mutiny||14||18||32||51||50||5|
| ||N. E. Revolution||12||20||26||38||53||5|
| ||NY/NJ MetroStars||7||25||15||32||64||3|
Head Coaches: DC— Thomas Rongen (1st season); Clb— Tom Fitzgerald (4th); TB— replaced John Kowalski (2nd, 3-12) with Tim Hankinson on June 9; Mia— Ivo Wortmann (2nd); NE— replaced Walter Zenga (1st, 10-20) with interim Steve Nicol on Sept. 30; NY/NJ— Bora Multinovic (2nd).
|*||Los Angeles Galaxy||20||12||54||49||29||3|
| ||San Jose Clash||19||13||37||48||49||10|
| ||Kansas City Wizards||8||24||20||33||53||2|
Head Coaches: LA— Sigi Schmid (1st season); Dal— David Dir (4th); Chi— Bob Bradley (2nd); Colo— Glenn Myernick (3rd); SJ— replaced Brian Quinn (3rd, 15-12) with interim Jorge Espinoza on Sept. 16 until Lothar Osiander was available; KC— Bob Gansler (1st).