1997 D.C. United season

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D.C. United
1997 season
General Manager United States Dave Kasper
Head Coach United States Bruce Arena
Stadium RFK Stadium
MLS Conference: 1st
Overall: 1st
MLS Cup Champions
U.S. Open Cup Runners-Up
CONCACAF Champions' Cup Third place
Top goalscorer League:
All:
Bolivia Jaime Moreno (16)
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors

The 1997 D.C. United season was the clubs' third year of existence, as well as their second season in Major League Soccer. The United successfully defending their MLS Cup title, becoming the first and only club to consecutively win the MLS Cup, until Houston Dynamo in 2007. Additionally, United won their first ever MLS Supporters' Shield in 1997, earning their first league "double" by winning the regular season and the playoffs.

Background[edit]

The 1996 Major League Soccer season was both Major League Soccer and D.C. United's debut season, which resulted in United winning the inaugural MLS Cup championship match.

Review[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Further information: 1997 Major League Soccer season

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference standings
Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L SOW GF GA GD
1 D.C. United 55 32 17 11 4 70 53 +17
2 Tampa Bay Mutiny 45 32 14 15 3 55 60 −5
3 Columbus Crew 39 32 12 17 3 42 41 +1
4 New England Revolution 37 32 11 17 4 40 53 −13
5 New York/New Jersey MetroStars 35 32 11 19 2 43 53 −10
1997 MLS Cup Playoffs
Overall standings
Major League Soccer
Pos Club Pts GP W L SOW GF GA GD
1 D.C. United1 (E1) 55 32 17 11 4 70 53 +17
2 Kansas City Wizards (W1) 49 32 14 11 7 57 51 +6
3 Tampa Bay Mutiny (E2) 45 32 14 15 3 55 60 −5
4 Los Angeles Galaxy (W2) 44 32 14 16 2 55 44 +11
5 Dallas Burn 42 32 13 16 3 55 49 +6
6 Columbus Crew 39 32 12 17 3 42 41 +1
7 Colorado Rapids1 38 32 12 18 2 50 59 −9
8 New England Revolution 37 32 11 17 4 40 53 −13
9 New York/New Jersey MetroStars 35 32 11 19 2 43 53 −10
10 San Jose Clash 30 32 9 20 3 55 59 −4
MLS Supporters' Shield
1997 MLS Cup Playoffs

Results summary[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Game reports[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Further information: 1997 U.S. Open Cup

CONCACAF Champions' Cup[edit]

Further information: 1997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup

Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                 
United States D.C. United 1
Trinidad and Tobago United Petrotrin 0
United States D.C. United 0
United States LA Galaxy 1
United States LA Galaxy 2
El Salvador Luis Ángel Firpo 0
United States LA Galaxy 3
Mexico Cruz Azul 5
Mexico Guadalajara 1
Costa Rica Cartaginés 0
Mexico Guadalajara 2
Mexico Cruz Azul 3
Mexico Cruz Azul 5
Guatemala Comunicaciones 0

Match results[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Transfers[edit]

See also[edit]