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Major League Soccer Through the Years

Sanctioned by U.S. Soccer and FIFA, the international soccer federation. MLS was founded on the heels of the successful 1994 World Cup tournament hosted by the United States and it remains the only FIFA-sanctioned division I outdoor league in the United States. The annual MLS title game is known as the MLS Cup.

Multiple winner: D.C. United (3).

MLS Cup

Year Winner Head Coach Score Loser Head Coach Site
1996 D.C. United Bruce Arena 3-2 Los Angeles Galaxy Lothar Osiander Foxboro, Mass.
1997 D.C. United Bruce Arena 2-1 Colorado Rapids Glen Myernick Washington, D.C.
1998 Chicago Fire Bob Bradley 2-0 D.C. United Bruce Arena Pasadena, Calif.
1999 D.C. United Thomas Rongen 2-0 Los Angeles Galaxy Sigi Schmid Foxboro, Mass.
2000 K.C. Wizards Bob Gansler 1-0 Chicago Fire Bob Bradley Washington, D.C.
2001 San Jose Earthquakes Frank Yallop 2-1 Los Angeles Galaxy Sigi Schmid Columbus, Ohio
2002 Los Angeles Galaxy Sigi Schmid 1-0 2OT N.E. Revolution Steve Nicol Foxboro, Mass.
2003 San Jose Frank Yallop 4-2 Chicago Dave Sarachan Carson, Calif.

MLS Cup '96

D.C. United, 3-2 (OT)

Oct. 20 at Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

Attendance: 34,643

  1 2 OT  
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 1 0 -2
D.C. United 0 2 1 -3
First Half: LA-Eduardo Hurtado (Mauricio Cienfuegos), 5th minute.
Second Half: LA-Chris Armas (unassisted), 56th; DC-Tony Sanneh (Marco Etcheverry), 73rd; DC-Shawn Medved (unassisted), 82nd.
Overtime: DC-Eddie Pope (Etcheverry), 94th.
MVP: Marco Etcheverry, D.C. United, Midfielder

MLS Cup '97

D.C. United, 2-1

Oct. 26 at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Attendance: 57,431

  1 2  
Colorado Rapids 0 1 -1
D.C. United 1 1 -2
First Half: DC-Jaime Moreno (Tony Sanneh, David Vaudreuil), 37th minute.
Second Half: DC-Sanneh (John Harkes, Richie Williams), 68th; COL-Adrian Paz (David Patino, Matt Kmosko), 75th.
MVP: Jaime Moreno, D.C. United, Forward

MLS Cup '98

Chicago Fire, 2-0

Oct. 25 at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

Attendance: 51,350

  1 2  
D.C. United 0 0 -0
Chicago 2 0 -2
First Half: CHI-Jerzy Podbrozny (Peter Nowak, Ante Razov), 29th minute; CHI-Diego Gutierrez (Nowak), 45th.
MVP: Nowak, Chicago, Midfielder

MLS Cup '99

D.C. United, 2-0

Nov. 21 at Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

Attendance: 44,910

  1 2  
D.C. United 2 0 -2
Los Angeles 0 0 -0
First Half: DC-Jaime Moreno (Roy Lassiter), 19th minute; DC-Ben Olsen (unassisted), 48th
MVP: Olsen, D.C. United, Midfielder

MLS Cup 2000

Kansas City Wizards, 1-0

Oct. 15 at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Attendance: 39,159

  1 2  
Chicago 0 0 -0
Kansas City 1 0 -1
First Half: DC- Miklos Molnar (Chris Klein), 11th minute.
MVP: Tony Meola, Kansas City, Goalkeeper

MLS Cup 2001

San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1

Oct. 21 at Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 21,626

  1 2 OT  
San Jose 1 0 1 -2
Los Angeles 1 0 0 -1
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

MLS Cup 2002

Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0 (2 OT)

Oct. 20 at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.

Attendance: 61,316

  1 2 1OT 2OT  
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 -1
New England 0 0 0 0 -0
First Half: LA-Luis Hernandez (Greg Vanney, Kevin Hartman), 21st minute; SJ-Landon Donovan (Ian Russell, Richard Mulrooney), 43rd.
2nd OT:LA-Carlos Ruiz, (Tyrone Marshall, Chris Albright), 113th minute.
MVP: Carlos Ruiz, Los Angeles, F

MLS Cup 2003

San Jose Earthquakes, 4-2

Nov. 23 at Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

Attendance: 27,000

  1 2  
San Jose 2 2 -4
Chicago 0 2 -2
First Half: SJ- Ronnie Ekelund (unassisted), 5th minute; SJLandon Donovan (Jamil Walker), 38th. Second Half: CHIDaMarcus Beasley (Andy Williams), 49th; SJ-Richard Mulrooney (Craig Waibel), 50th; CHI-own goal (Chris Roner), 54th; SJ-Donovan (Dwayne De Rosario, Brian Mullan), 71st.
MVP: Landon Donovan, San Jose, F

Regular Season

Most Valuable Player
1996 Carlos Valderrama, Tampa Bay
1997 Preki, Kansas City
1998 Marco Etcheverry, D.C.
1999 Jason Kreis, Dallas
2000 Tony Meola, Kansas City
2001 Alex Pineda Chacón, Miami
2002 Carlos Ruiz, LA
2003 Preki, Kansas City
Leading Scorer G A Pts
1996 Roy Lassiter, Tampa Bay 27 4 58
1997 Preki, Kansas City 12 17 41
1998 Stern John, Columbus 26 5 57
1999 Jason Kreis, Dallas 18 15 51
2000 Mamadou Diallo, Tampa Bay 26 4 56
2001 Alex Pineda Chacón 19 9 47
2002 Taylor Twellman, New England 23 6 52
2003 Preki, Kansas City 12 17 41
2004 Pat Noonan, New England 11 8 30
  & Amado Guevara, MetroStars 10 10 30

 

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