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.
As the winners, Kansas City earned the right to play in the They also qualified to enter the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup as the UEFA representative.
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.