MLS Cup '96

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MLS Cup '96
MLS Cup 1996.png
Date October 20, 1996
Venue Foxboro Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts
Man of the Match Marco Etcheverry
(D.C. United)
Attendance 34,643
Weather Rain, 44 °F (7 °C)

MLS Cup '96, the first championship match in Major League Soccer history, was played between D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy to decide the champion of the league's inaugural season. The game was played in very heavy rain at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on October 20, 1996. D.C. United defeated the Galaxy 3-2 in extra-time, after trailing 2-0, with 17 minutes remaining.

D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy earned a berth in the 1997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

Route to the championship[edit]

Main article: 1996 MLS Cup Playoffs
D.C. United Round Los Angeles Galaxy
Pos Club GP W (sw) (sl) L GF GA GD Pts
1 Tampa Bay Mutiny 32 20 1 3 12 66 51 15 58
2 D.C. United 32 16 1 3 16 62 56 6 46
3 NY/NJ MetroStars 32 15 3 2 17 45 47 -2 39
4 Columbus Crew 32 15 4 5 17 59 60 -1 37
5 New England Revolution 32 15 6 2 17 43 56 -13 33
Regular season
Pos Club GP W (sw) (sl) L GF GA GD Pts
1 L.A. Galaxy 32 19 4 4 13 59 49 10 49
2 Dallas Burn 32 17 5 3 15 50 48 2 41
3 Kansas City Wiz 32 17 5 2 15 61 63 -2 41
4 San Jose Clash 32 15 3 6 15 50 50 0 39
5 Colorado Rapids 32 11 <2 4> 16 44 59 -15 29
Opponent Result1 Series Playoffs Opponent Result1 Series
NY/NJ MetroStars 2–1 Game 1: L 2–3 Game 2: W 1–0 Game 3: W 2–1 Conference semifinals San Jose Clash 2–0 Game 1: L 0–1 Game 2: W 2–0 Game 3: W 2–0
Tampa Bay Mutiny 2–0 Game 1: W 4–1 Game 2: W 2–1 Conference finals Kansas City Wiz 2–0 Game 1: W 2–1 Game 2: W 2–1
Notes
  • Note 1: Results listed in amount of games won.

Match details[edit]

October 20, 1996
Los Angeles Galaxy 2 – 3 (OT) D.C. United
Hurtado Goal 4'
Armas Goal 56'
Report Sanneh Goal 72'
Medved Goal 81'
Pope Golden goal in the 94th minute 94'
Los Angeles Galaxy
D.C. United
LOS ANGELES GALAXY:
GK 9 Mexico Jorge Campos
DF 19 Iran Arash Noamouz
DF 3 United States Mark Semioli
DF 4 United States Robin Fraser (c)
DF 18 United States Greg Vanney
MF 14 United States Chris Armas
MF 5 United States Jorge Salcedo Substituted off 77'
MF 10 El Salvador Mauricio Cienfuegos
MF 13 United States Cobi Jones
FW 11 United States Harut Karapetyan Substituted off 75'
FW 29 Ecuador Eduardo Hurtado
Substitutes:
DF 20 United States Curt Onalfo Substituted in 77'
FW 7 United States Ante Razov Substituted in 75'
Head Coach:
Germany Lothar Osiander
D.C. UNITED:
GK 2 United States Mark Simpson
DF 4 United States Clint Peay Booked 53'
DF 23 United States Eddie Pope
DF 12 United States Jeff Agoos
DF 11 Argentina Mario Gori Substituted off 70'
MF 16 United States Richie Williams
MF 19 United States John Maessner Substituted off 59'
MF 6 United States John Harkes (c)
MF 10 Bolivia Marco Etcheverry Booked 39'
FW 9 Bolivia Jaime Moreno
FW 21 El Salvador Raúl Díaz Arce
Substitutes:
MF 7 United States Tony Sanneh Substituted in 59'
MF 12 United States Shawn Medved Substituted in 70'
Head Coach:
United States Bruce Arena

Assistant referees:
United States C.J. Morgante
United States Rob Fereday
Fourth official:
United States Baldomero Toledo

Most Valuable Player:
Marco Etcheverry (D.C. United)

MLS Cup
1996 Winners
D.C. United
First Title

Post-Match[edit]

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