MLS Cup 2007

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MLS Cup 2007
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Date November 18, 2007
Venue Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Man of the Match Dwayne De Rosario (Houston Dynamo)
Attendance 39,859
Weather Sunny 55 °F (13 °C)

MLS Cup 2007, the 12th edition of Major League Soccer's championship match, was a rematch between the New England Revolution and the defending champions Houston Dynamo to decide the champion of the 2007 season. The match was played at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on November 18, 2007. For the second straight year, Houston defeated New England, this time by a score of 2-1. It was the fourth MLS Cup loss for the Revolution. RFK Stadium hosted the title game for a third time and the first since 2000.[1]

Plácido Domingo performed the national anthem and Jimmy Eat World performed "Big Casino" at halftime.[2]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs

MLS adopted a new format for qualification into the playoffs. In 2007, the top two teams from each of the league's two conferences, followed by the next four teams with the highest number of points at the end of the regular season, qualified for the postseason, leading to the possibility of an uneven number of playoff teams from each conference.[3] This year, five teams qualified from the Eastern Conference, and only three teams from the Western Conference qualified, so the Kansas City Wizards, who have been assigned to the Western Conference playoffs, could have played a fellow Eastern Conference team in the final.

New England Revolution[edit]

For the fourth time in team history, third-straight, the New England Revolution became the Eastern Conference Champion. New England defeated the New York Red Bulls in the semifinals, advancing to the conference finals where they defeated the Chicago Fire.

Houston Dynamo[edit]

The Houston Dynamo, for the second consecutive year in the club's two-year history, won the Western Conference Championship. Their win came through their victories over in-state rival FC Dallas in the conference semifinals and the Kansas City Wizards in the conference championship game. The Dynamo advanced to a rematch against the Revolution, and the MLS Cup, for the second straight year.

Bracket[edit]

Main article: 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2007
                             


E1  D.C. United 0 2  
E4  Chicago Fire 1 2  
  E4  Chicago Fire 0  
Eastern Conference
  E2  New England Revolution 1  
E2  New England Revolution 0 1
E3  New York Red Bulls 0 0  
  E  New England Revolution 1
  W  Houston Dynamo 2
W1  Chivas USA 0 0  
W4  Kansas City Wizards1 1 0  
  W4  Kansas City Wizards 0
Western Conference
  W2  Houston Dynamo 2  
W2  Houston Dynamo (AET) 0 4
W3  FC Dallas 1 1  

Match details[edit]

2007-11-18
12:00 EST
New England Revolution 1 – 2 Houston Dynamo
Taylor Twellman Goal 20' Report Joseph Ngwenya Goal 61'
Dwayne De Rosario Goal 74'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 39,859
Referee: Alex Prus
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION:
GK 1 United States Matt Reis
DF 4 Trinidad and Tobago Avery John
DF 6 United States Jay Heaps
DF 15 United States Michael Parkhurst
MF 13 United States Jeff Larentowicz
MF 14 United States Steve Ralston Substituted off 78'
MF 18 Bermuda Khano Smith Booked 65'
MF 21 Grenada Shalrie Joseph
MF 27 United States Wells Thompson
FW 11 United States Pat Noonan
FW 20 United States Taylor Twellman Goal 20'
Substitutes:
GK 12 United States Doug Warren
DF 16 United States James Riley
MF 22 United States Marshall Leonard
MF 25 Wales Andy Dorman Substituted in 78'
MF 29 The Gambia Kenny Mansally
MF 31 The Gambia Sainey Nyassi
FW 7 United States Adam Cristman
Manager:
Scotland Steve Nicol


Man of the Match:
Canada Dwayne De Rosario[4]

Assistant referees:
United States Adam Wienckowski
United States Rob Fereday
Fourth official:
United States Brian Hall

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HOUSTON DYNAMO:
GK 18 Canada Pat Onstad
DF 2 United States Eddie Robinson
DF 5 United States Ryan Cochrane
DF 16 United States Craig Waibel
DF 24 United States Wade Barrett Booked 57'
MF 9 United States Brian Mullan
MF 11 United States Brad Davis
MF 14 Canada Dwayne De Rosario Goal 74'
MF 30 United States Richard Mulrooney
FW 21 United States Nate Jaqua
FW 33 Zimbabwe Joseph Ngwenya Goal 61' Substituted off 80'
Substitutes:
GK 1 United States Zach Wells
DF 4 United States Patrick Ianni
MF 7 United States Chris Wondolowski
MF 17 United States Mike Chabala
MF 22 United States Stuart Holden Substituted in 80'
MF 26 United States Corey Ashe
FW 8 Scotland Paul Dalglish
Manager:
Scotland Dominic Kinnear

Notes[edit]

  • The 2007 MLS Cup was the first time the final has been a rematch from the previous year.
  • The Houston Dynamo are the first team to have back-to-back titles in the 2000s (decade), and only the second team in MLS history after D.C. United.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goff, Steven (December 13, 2006). "MLS Cup Coming to RFK in '07". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved February 8, 2007. 
  2. ^ "MLS Cup 2007 to feature musical guests Jimmy Eat World and Placido Domingo", Major League Soccer press release, 2007-11-01.
  3. ^ "League address covers upcoming changes". MLSnet.com. Retrieved February 8, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Dynamo stun Revolution, repeat as champions". mlsnet.com. 2007-11-18. Archived from the original on 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2007-11-19.