MLS Cup 2000

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MLS Cup 2000
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Date October 15, 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, the fifth edition of Major League Soccer's championship match, was played between the Chicago Fire and the Kansas City Wizards to decide the champion of the 2000 season. The game was played at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on October 15, 2000. Kansas City took advantage of an early breakdown by Chicago to net the game's only goal. Wizards midfielder Chris Klein stole the ball from Chicago's Diego Gutierrez near midfield and stormed down the right flank toward the box. Klein sent a cross into the box that eluded several defenders. Fire midfielder Jesse Marsch failed to clear the ball, allowing Miklos Molnar to pounce on it and roll the opening goal past Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton in the 11th minute. The 39,159 fans at RFK Stadium were treated to exciting soccer after Molnar's goal, with MLS' best offense hunting for an equalizer against the league's best defense. However Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola capped off a remarkable season by making 10 saves as Kansas City downed Chicago 1-0 and claimed their first title.

Box score[edit]

October 15, 2000
Kansas City Wizards 1 – 0 Chicago Fire
Molnar Goal 11'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 39,159
Weather: Sunny, 77°F

Lineups[edit]

Chicago Fire[edit]

Zach Thornton, C.J. Brown, Carlos Bocanegra, Tenywa Bonseu, Peter Nowak (Lubos Kubik), Diego Gutierrez (DaMarcus Beasley), Chris Armas, Jesse Marsch (Josh Wolff), Dema Kovalenko, Hristo Stoitchkov, Ante Razov

Kansas City Wizards[edit]

Tony Meola, Chris Klein (Francisco Gomez), Nick Garcia, Peter Vermes, Brandon Prideaux, Preki (Uche Okafor), Matt McKeon, Kerry Zavagnin, Chris Henderson, Mo Johnston, Miklos Molnar

Honors[edit]

Most Valuable Player: Tony Meola (Kansas City)