The 2002 Major League Soccer season was the league's 7th of competition. On January 8, 2002, after only four years in existence, the Miami Fusion F.C. ceased operations due to low attendance and a unfavorable stadium deal, and the Tampa Bay Mutiny also ceased operations due to the lack of local ownership. MLS eliminated the Central Division and in favor of its original two-conference alignment.
Top eight teams with the highest points clinch play-off berth, regardless of conference.<br>x = Playoff berth<br>y = Conference Winner (Season)<br>s = Supporters Shield/Conference winner (Season)