MLS Cup 2000

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MLS Cup 2000
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Date 15 October 2000
Venue Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Man of the Match Tony Meola
(Kansas City Wizards)
Attendance 39,159
Weather Sunny, 77 °F (25 °C)

MLS Cup 2000 was the final match of the 2000 MLS Season, and the 5th championship awarded in the history of Major League Soccer.

The match took place on Sunday, 15 October 2000, at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C., USA, between Kansas City Wizards and Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Kansas City won the match 1-0, with an 11th minute goal from Danish international Miklos Molnar the difference on the afternoon.


Venue[edit]

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium hosted the MLS Cup Playoffs final for the second time.

The venue chosen to host MLS Cup 2000 was Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.. Home to D.C. United, the venerable stadium has played a significant role in the history of professional soccer in the United States. Soccer Bowl '80 was contested at RFK, which also hosted five games during the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The site previously hosted MLS Cup '97 in which D.C. United bested Colorado Rapids 2-1 to raise their second league championship.

At the time of the match in October 2000, seating capacity within the confines of RFK Stadium was 56,454 spectators.

Match[edit]

Overview[edit]

The match began with Chicago on the offensive early, with Ante Razov and Hristo Stoitchkov creating several attempts within the first ten minutes. In the 11th minute, however, Wizards midfielder Chris Klein stole the ball from Chicago's Diego Gutierrez near midfield and stormed down the touch line. Klein's cross from the right wing made contact with Fire midfielder Jesse Marsch who failed to clear the ball, allowing Miklos Molnar to make light contact and roll the ball past keeper Zach Thornton for the only goal of the match. The 39,159 fans at RFK Stadium were treated to exciting soccer after Molnar's goal, with the league's best attacking corps hunting for an equalizer against the stout Kansas City defense. Ultimately, Chicago's efforts were stymied by Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola, who capped off a historic season by making 10 impressive saves in the playoff final, notching his 5th shutout of the tournament in addition to 16 clean sheets to his name in the regular season.

Details[edit]

GK 1 United States Tony Meola Booked 76'
RB 3 Spain Nick Garcia Booked 58'
CB 6 United States Peter Vermes
LB 4 United States Brandon Prideaux
RM 17 United States Chris Klein (c) Substituted off 88'
CM 15 United States Kerry Zavagnin
CM 2 United States Matt McKeon
CM 11 United States Preki Substituted off 74'
LM 19 United States Chris Henderson
FW 10 Scotland Mo Johnston Booked 48'
FW 7 Denmark Miklos Molnar
Substitutes:
DF 20 Nigeria Uche Okafor Substituted in 74'
DF 21 United States Francisco Gomez Substituted in 88'
Manager:
United States Bob Gansler
GK 18 United States Zach Thornton
RB 15 United States Jesse Marsch Substituted off 59'
CB 2 United States C.J. Brown
CB 12 United States Carlos Bocanegra
LB 30 Uganda Tenywa Bonseu Booked 76'
RM 21 Ukraine Dema Kovalenko Booked 46'
CM 11 United States Diego Gutiérrez Substituted off 70'
CM 10 Poland Piotr Nowak (c) Substituted off 83'
LM 14 United States Chris Armas
CF 8 Bulgaria Hristo Stoitchkov
CF 9 United States Ante Razov
Substitutes:
FW 16 United States Josh Wolff Substituted in 59'
MF 7 United States DaMarcus Beasley Substituted in 70'
MF 5 Czech Republic Luboš Kubík Substituted in 83'
Manager:
United States Bob Bradley

Man of the Match:
United States Tony Meola (Kansas City Wizards)

Assistant referees:
Craig Lowry (United States)
George Vergara (United States)
Fourth official:
Kevin Stott (United States)

Match rules[1]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Champions League 2013/14" (PDF). Nyon: UEFA. March 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.