MLS Cup '97

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MLS Cup '97
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Date October 26, 1997
Venue RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Man of the Match Jaime Moreno
(D.C. United)
Attendance 57,431
Weather Rain, 46 °F (8 °C)

MLS Cup '97, the second edition of Major League Soccer's championship match, was played between defending champion D.C. United and the Colorado Rapids to decide the champion of the 1997 season. The game was played at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on October 26, 1997. Playing in their home stadium in a drenching rain storm, D.C. United beat the Rapids 2-1 to claim their second consecutive title. D.C. also became the first MLS champion to win at home.

The crowd of 57,431 was the second-largest soccer audience in the history of RFK Stadium.[1] It is also the first MLS Cup to end in regular time.

D.C. United and the Colorado Rapids earn a berth to the 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

October 26, 1997
D.C. United 2 - 1 Colorado Rapids
Garlick Booked 20'
Moreno Goal 37'
Sanneh (Asst.)
Vaudreuil (Asst.)
Sanneh Goal 68'
Paz Goal 75'
Patino (Asst.)
Kmosko (Asst.)
Balboa Booked 86'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 57,431
Weather: Rain, 46°F
Referee: Brian Hall
Assistants: Steve Olson, Greg Barkey

Lineups:
COLORADO RAPIDS
Marcus Hahnemann, Chris Martinez (Adrián Paz 59), Steve Trittschuh, Peter Vermes, Matt Kmosko, Marcelo Balboa,
Sean Henderson (Ross Paule 81), Chris Henderson, Paul Bravo (Wolde Harris 27), David Patino, Steve Rammel

TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Henderson 4)
SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 (Balboa 3)
FOULS: 14 (Rammel 5)
OFFSIDE: 8
CORNER KICKS: 6
SAVES: Hahnemann 6
CAUTIONS: Balboa 86'
EJECTIONS: none
POSSESSION PERCENTAGE: 47%

D.C. UNITED
Scott Garlick, David Vaudreuil, Eddie Pope, Carlos Llamosa, Jeff Agoos, Richie Williams
Tony Sanneh, John Harkes, Marco Etcheverry, Jaime Moreno, Raúl Díaz Arce

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Sanneh 4)
SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Moreno 2, Sanneh 2, Etcheverry 2)
FOULS: 14 (Moreno 4, Pope 4)
OFFSIDE: 9
CORNER KICKS: 10
SAVES: Garlick 9
CAUTIONS: Garlick 20'
EJECTIONS: none
POSSESSION PERCENTAGE: 53%