MLS Cup '98
|Date||October 25, 1998|
|Man of the Match||Peter Nowak
|Weather||Partly Cloudy, 74 °F (23 °C)|
MLS Cup '98, the third edition of Major League Soccer's championship match, was played between defending champion D.C. United and the Chicago Fire to decide the champion of the 1998 season. The game was played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on October 25, 1998. Chicago beat D.C. United 2-0, bringing an end to United's reign as two-time defending MLS champions. The Fire's Peter Nowak was named MVP, assisting on both goals. Chicago's first goal was in the 29th minute, after a give-and-go between Nowak and Ante Razov. The move lured United goalkeeper Tom Presthus out of the goal, at which point Nowak slipped the ball to Jerzy Podbrozny for an easy tap-in at the opposite post. The second goal was scored by Diego Gutierrez when he deflected the ball off a Nowak shot. Chris Armas is often given much credit for this championship, because of his constant dogging of noted D.C. player Marco Etcheverry. Zach Thornton saved 8 D.C. shots on goal, including 3 from Roy Lassiter. This win also gave Chicago the historic honor of capturing both the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup titles in the same year, the team's inaugural season.
October 25, 1998
|D.C. United||0 - 2||Chicago Fire|
Diego Gutierrez 45'
Tom Presthus, Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa (Mike Slivinski), Tony Sanneh (A.J. Wood)
Marco Etcheverry, John Harkes, Richie Williams, Ben Olsen, Roy Lassiter, Jaime Moreno
TOTAL SHOTS: 22 (Lassiter 6, Etcheverry 6)
SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Lassiter 3)
FOULS: 8 (Lassiter 2, Sanneh 2, Etcheverry 2)
CORNER KICKS: 12
SAVES: Presthus 1
CAUTIONS: Sanneh 25', Etcheverry 33'
POSSESSION PERCENTAGE: 52%
Zach Thornton, C.J. Brown, Lubos Kubik, Francis Okaroh, Diego Gutierrez, Chris Armas, Jesse Marsch
Jerzy Podbrozny, Peter Nowak (Josh Wolff), Roman Kosecki (Frank Klopas), Ante Razov (Tom Soehn)
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Podbrozny 2, Razov 2, Gutierrez 2)
SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Podbrozny 2)
FOULS: 27 (Razov 5)
CORNER KICKS: 3
SAVES: Thornton 8
CAUTIONS: Razov 31', Gutierrez 50', Marsch 60'
POSSESSION PERCENTAGE: 48%
Most Valuable Player:
Peter Nowak (Chicago Fire)