MLS Cup 2003

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MLS Cup 2003
MLS Cup 2003 logo.gif
Date November 23, 2003
Venue The Home Depot Center
Carson, California
Man of the Match Landon Donovan
(San Jose Earthquakes)
Attendance 27,000
Weather Sunny, 71 °F (22 °C)

MLS Cup 2003, the eighth edition of Major League Soccer's championship match, was played between the Chicago Fire and the San Jose Earthquakes to decide the champion of the 2003 season. The match took place at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California on November 23, 2003. San Jose defeated Chicago 4–2 with a goal from Richard Mulrooney in the 50th minute. It was San Jose's second MLS Cup victory in three years. It was the first MLS Cup in which players from both teams were allowed to wear their primary uniforms. It was also the first MLS Cup played between two former MLS Cup champions as well as the highest-scoring final, with 6 goals in total.

Michelle Branch performed her hit single "Breathe" at halftime.


November 23, 2003
3:30 pm
Chicago Fire 2 – 4 San Jose Earthquakes
Beasley Goal 49'
Roner Goal 54' (OG)
Report Ekelund Goal 5'
Donovan Goal 38'71'
Mulrooney Goal 50'
The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Brian Hall

Referee: Brian Hall Assistants: Craig Lowry, Darren Engers


Chicago Fire[edit]

Zach Thornton, Jim Curtin (Nate Jaqua 81'), Evan Whitfield, Carlos Bocanegra, Orlando Perez (Kelly Gray 46'), Andy Williams (Justin Mapp 70'), Chris Armas, Jesse Marsch, DaMarcus Beasley, Ante Razov, Damani Ralph

San Jose Earthquakes[edit]

Pat Onstad, Eddie Robinson, Troy Dayak, Craig Waibel (Chris Roner 51'), Jeff Agoos, Brian Mullan, Ronnie Ekelund, Richard Mulrooney, Manny Lagos (Ian Russell 70'), Landon Donovan, Jamil Walker (Dwayne De Rosario 60')


Team Total shots Shots on goal Saves Fouls Offside Corner kicks Yellow cards Red Cards
Chicago Fire 22
(Razov: 8)
(Razov: 4)
Thornton: 4 17
(Marsch: 4, Razov: 4)
(Ralph: 2, Razov: 2)
(Williams: 7)
- -
San Jose Earthquakes 11
(three tied with 2)
(three tied with 2)
Onstad: 8 14
(Robinson 3)
(three tied with 1)
(Mulrooney 2)
Waibel 15', Robinson 54' -

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