MLS Cup 2001, the sixth edition of Major League Soccer's championship match, was played between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes to decide the champion of the 2001 season. The game was played at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 21, 2001. San Jose won their first title, defeating their rivals Los Angeles 2-1 in overtime. Dwayne De Rosario scored the game-winning goal.
It was the first MLS Cup to match two teams from the same conference against each other, and the 2nd MLS Cup to end with a Golden goal.
San Jose Earthquakes: Joe Cannon, Jimmy Conrad, Troy Dayak, Jeff Agoos, Wade Barrett, Ian Russell (Zak Ibsen),
Richard Mulrooney, Ronnie Ekelund, Ramiro Corrales, Ronald Cerritos (Dwayne DeRosario), Landon Donovan
Los Angeles Galaxy: Kevin Hartman, Ezra Hendrickson, Danny Califf, Greg Vanney, Paul Caligiuri (Adam Frye), Simon Elliott,
Mauricio Cienfuegos, Peter Vagenas, Sasha Victorine (Brian Mullan), Luis Hernandez, Cobi Jones
Most Valuable Player:
Dwayne DeRosario (San Jose Earthquakes)