List of MLS Cup finals

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The winner of Major League Soccer's MLS Cup, the final match of the MLS Cup Playoffs, determines that season's league champion. The playoff tournament is organized by the league at the conclusion of the regular season in a format similar to other North American professional sports leagues. The tournament is open to the top five clubs of the Eastern and Western Conference.

As of 2012, the record for the most championships is held by D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy, with four cup titles each. The championship has been won by the same team in two or more consecutive years on three occasions. The cup is held by Sporting Kansas City, who defeated Real Salt Lake in the 2013 final.

Finals[edit]

Key[edit]

* Match went to extra time
Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time
Bold Team won the MLS Supporters' Shield
Italics Team won the U.S. Open Cup

Results[edit]

Season Date Winner Score Runners–up Venue Attendance US television
1996 October 20 D.C. United  †3–2 * Los Angeles Galaxy Foxboro Stadium 34,643 ABC
1997 October 26 D.C. United 2–1 Colorado Rapids RFK Memorial Stadium 57,431 ABC
1998 October 25 Chicago Fire 2–0 D.C. United Rose Bowl 51,350 ABC
1999 November 21 D.C. United 2–0 Los Angeles Galaxy Foxboro Stadium 44,910 ABC
2000 October 15 Kansas City Wizards 1–0 Chicago Fire RFK Memorial Stadium 39,159 ABC
2001 October 21 San Jose Earthquakes 2–1 Los Angeles Galaxy Crew Stadium 21,626 ABC
2002 October 20 Los Angeles Galaxy  †1–0 * New England Revolution Gillette Stadium 61,316 ABC
2003 November 23 San Jose Earthquakes 4–2 Chicago Fire The Home Depot Center 27,000 ABC
2004 November 14 D.C. United 3–2 Kansas City Wizards The Home Depot Center 25,797 ABC
2005 November 13 Los Angeles Galaxy  †1–0 * New England Revolution Pizza Hut Park 21,193 ABC
2006 November 12 Houston Dynamo  †1–1 New England Revolution Pizza Hut Park 22,427 ABC
2007 November 18 Houston Dynamo  †2–1 * New England Revolution RFK Memorial Stadium 39,859 ABC
2008 November 23 Columbus Crew 3–1 New York Red Bulls The Home Depot Center 27,000 ABC
2009 November 22 Real Salt Lake  †1–1 Los Angeles Galaxy Qwest Field 46,011 ESPN
2010 November 21 Colorado Rapids  †2–1 * FC Dallas BMO Field 21,700 ESPN
2011 November 20 Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 Houston Dynamo The Home Depot Center 30,281 ESPN
2012 December 1 Los Angeles Galaxy 3–1 Houston Dynamo The Home Depot Center 30,510 ESPN
2013 December 7 Sporting Kansas City  †1–1 Real Salt Lake Sporting Park 21,650 ESPN

MLS Cup appearances by team[edit]

Unless marked otherwise, teams played in the MLS exclusively at the time they competed for the MLS Cup. A bolded year denotes a MLS Cup win.

Appearances Team Wins Losses Win % Years of appearance
8 Los Angeles Galaxy 4 4 .500 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012
5 D.C. United 4 1 .800 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004
4 New England Revolution 0 4 .000 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007
4 Houston Dynamo 2 2 .500 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012
3 Sporting Kansas City 2 1 .666 2000, 2004, 2013
3 Chicago Fire 1 2 .333 1998, 2000, 2003
2 San Jose Earthquakes 2 0 1.000 2001, 2003
2 Colorado Rapids 1 1 .500 1997, 2010
2 Real Salt Lake 1 1 .500 2009, 2013
1 Columbus Crew 1 0 1.000 2008
1 New York Red Bulls 0 1 .000 2008
1 FC Dallas 0 1 .000 2010
0 Chivas USA 0 0
0 Montreal Impact 0 0
0 Philadelphia Union 0 0
0 Portland Timbers 0 0
0 Seattle Sounders 0 0
0 Toronto FC 0 0
0 Vancouver Whitecaps 0 0

See also[edit]

List of North American soccer champions