2004 D.C. United season

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D.C. United
2004 season
Owner United States D.C. United Holdings
Head Coach Poland Piotr Nowak
MLS 4th
MLS Cup Champions
U.S. Open Cup Fourth round
Atlantic Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League:
All: Eskandarian (14)
Home colors
Away colors

The 2004 D.C. United season was the eighth season of the club's existence. It was highlighted by winning their first MLS Cup championship since 1999.

The season was hallmarked by United winning their fourth Major League Soccer championship, winning MLS Cup 2004 3–2 over Kansas City Wizards. To date, this was the last time in franchise history that the team has won an MLS Cup title. Additionally, by winning the championship, some cite that it marked a "second golden age" in United, as the United matched their late 90s dynasty by doubling their trophy case. Following the 2004 title, United would go on to win two MLS Supporters' Shields, to claim the most in the league, as well as their second U.S. Open Cup title.

In terms of player and manager transactions, the offseason saw English head coach Ray Hudson end his two-season stint with the club, as United management fired him out of dissatisfaction with his results as a manager. Early in January, United signed retired MLS star Piotr Nowak to the helm of head coaching duties. The hiring of Nowak was unprecedented at the time, as no other head coach was a former MLS player in league history. However, the signing of Nowak marked a new trend of first generation MLS players assuming coaching duties for second generation MLS players.

United made national, and international, headlines this year by drafting then 14-year-old prospect Freddy Adu as the first pick of the MLS SuperDraft. Although United did not have worst record in 2003, and in fact, made the playoffs, MLS orchestrated a series of negotiations between United and Dallas Burn, who originally had the first overall selection. Since Adu signed with the league, per Adu's request, the league led a series of agreements between the two sides to give Dallas additional allocation from United so that Adu could play for his local club, as he grew up near Potomac, Maryland.[1]

Review and events[edit]

Preseason[edit]

January
  • Freddy Adu signs with D.C. United[1]
February
March

Regular season[edit]

April
May
June
July
August
September
Early October

Playoffs[edit]

Late October
November
  • United deft. NE Revs in the 2004 Eastern Conf. championship to go to MLS Cup 2004. Considered best match in MLS history[2][3][4][5][6]
  • United win their first MLS Cup title since 1999 with a 3–2 win over the Kansas City Wizards at the Home Depot Center[7]

Match results[edit]

Lists of matches, featuring result, attendance (where available) and scorers, grouped by competition (league, cup, other competition). Do not include friendly matches.

Legend[edit]

Win Tie Loss

Major League Soccer[edit]

Home team's score listed first.

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
April 3, 2004 San Jose Earthquakes H 2–1 Moreno, Eskandarian
April 10, 2004 Los Angeles Galaxy A 1–1 Cerritos
April 17, 2004 MetroStars A 3–2 Olsen, Adu
April 24, 2004 Chicago Fire H 0–1
May 1, 2004 San Jose Earthquakes A 1–1 Kovalenko
May 7, 2004 Columbus Crew H 1–1 Kovalenko
May 15, 2004 Kansas City Wizards H 1–0 Moreno
May 19, 2004 Los Angeles Galaxy H 2–4 Cerritos, Adu
May 22, 2004 Colorado Rapids A 2–1 Gros
May 29, 2004 New England Revolution A 0–1 Kamler (o.g.)
June 5, 2004 Chicago Fire A 3–0
June 12, 2004 Colorado Rapids H 0–0
June 19, 2004 Columbus Crew H 3–1 Moreno, Eskandarian (2)
June 26, 2004 Dallas Burn A 1–1 Eskandarian
July 3, 2004 MetroStars H 6–2 Nelsen, Moreno, Eskandarian (2)
Stewart, Olsen
July 10, 2004 Kansas City Wizards A 1–0
July 17, 2004 Los Angeles Galaxy H 1–1 Nelsen
July 24, 2004 Dallas Burn A 5–1 Gibbs (o.g.)
August 7, 2004 San Jose Earthquakes A 2–0
August 11, 2004 Colorado Rapids H 3–1 Adu, Stewart, Kotschau (o.g.)
August 14, 2004 New England Revolution H 2–2 Moreno (2)
August 21, 2004 Columbus Crew A 2–2 Eskandarian, Moreno
August 28, 2004 New England Revolution A 0–0
September 4, 2004 Chicago Fire A 3–1 Stewart
September 8, 2004 Dallas Burn H 3–0 Eskandarian (2), Adu
September 18, 2004 Chicago Fire H 3–1 Gomez, Eskandarian, Olsen
September 25, 2004 Columbus Crew A 1–0
October 2, 2004 MetroStars A 0–1 Adu
October 9, 2004 New England Revolution H 1–0 Gomez
October 17, 2004 MetroStars H 3–2 Gomez (2), Petke

Source: RSSSF

MLS Cup[edit]

Home team score listed first

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
October 22, 2004 C-SF, First Leg MetroStars A 0–2 11,161 Stewart, Eskandarian
October 30, 2004 C-SF, Second Leg MetroStars H 2–0 15,763 Moreno, Namoff
November 6, 2004 C-F New England Revolution H 3–3
(4–3 p.k.)
21,201 Eskandarian, Moreno, Gomez
November 14, 2004 F Kansas City Wizards N 3–2 25,797 Eskandarian (2), Zotinca (o.g.)
  • C-SF = Conference Semifinals
  • C-F = Conference Finals
  • F = Finals

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
June 30, 2004 R3 Richmond Kickers A 1–2 8,776 Kuffour
  • QR1 = First round Qualification
  • QR2 = Second round Qualification
  • R1 = First round proper
  • R2 = Second round proper
  • R3 = Third round proper
  • QF = Quarterfinals
  • SF = Semifinals
  • F = Final

MLS[edit]

Eastern Conference Standings

  Eastern Conference regular season champion1
  Qualify for 2004 MLS Cup Playoffs

Pos Club Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Columbus Crew 30 12 5 13 40 32 8 49
2 D.C. United 30 11 10 9 43 42 1 42
3 MetroStars 30 11 12 7 47 49 −2 40
4 New England Revolution 30 8 13 9 42 43 −1 33
5 Chicago Fire 30 8 13 9 36 44 −8 33
1Earns top-seed in MLS Cup Playoffs
Overall Table

  MLS Supporters' Shield, Eastern Conference regular season champion1
  Western Conference regular season champion2
  Qualify for 2004 MLS Cup Playoffs

Pos Club Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Columbus Crew 30 12 5 13 40 32 8 49
2 Kansas City Wizards 30 14 9 7 38 30 8 49
3 Los Angeles Galaxy 30 11 9 10 42 40 2 43
4 D.C. United 30 11 10 9 43 42 1 42
5 Colorado Rapids 30 10 9 11 29 32 −3 41
6 MetroStars 30 11 12 7 47 49 −2 40
7 San Jose Earthquakes 30 9 10 11 41 35 6 38
8 Dallas Burn 30 10 14 6 34 45 −11 36
9 New England Revolution 30 8 13 9 42 43 −1 33
10 Chicago Fire 30 8 13 9 36 44 −8 33
1Earns top-seed in the Eastern Conference bracket of MLS Cup Playoffs
2Earns top-seed in the Western Conference bracket of MLS Cup Playoffs
MLS Cup Playoffs Bracket
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2004
                             


E1 Columbus Crew 0 1  
E4 New England Revolution (wins 2–1 agg.) 1 1  
  E3 New England Revolution E3  
Eastern Conference
  E2 D.C. United (wins 4–3 on PK's) 3*  
E2 D.C. United (wins 4–0 agg.) 2 2
E3 MetroStars 0 0  
  E2 D.C. United 3
  W1 Kansas City Wizards 2
W1 Kansas City Wizards (wins 3–2 agg.) 0 3  
W4 San Jose Earthquakes 2 0  
  W1 Kansas City Wizards 2
Western Conference
  W2 Los Angeles Galaxy 0  
W2 Los Angeles Galaxy (wins 2–1 agg.) 0 2
W3 Colorado Rapids 1 0  

Club[edit]

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 United States DF David Stokes
3 United States FW Jason Thompson
4 United States DF Brandon Prideaux
7 New Zealand DF Ryan Nelsen
8 United States MF Earnie Stewart
9 United States MF Freddy Adu
11 United States FW Alecko Eskandarian
12 United States DF Mike Petke
13 Argentina MF Christian Gómez
14 United States MF Ben Olsen
16 United States MF Brian Carroll
No. Position Player
17 United States MF Joshua Gros
18 United States GK Nick Rimando
21 Ukraine MF Dema Kovalenko
22 United States GK Troy Perkins
23 El Salvador FW Eliseo Quintanilla
24 Ghana MF Nana Kuffour
25 United States MF Santino Quaranta
26 United States DF Bryan Namoff
27 United States FW Tim Lawson
99 Bolivia FW Jaime Moreno

Statistics[edit]

List of squad players, including number of appearances by competition[8][9]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Major League Soccer MLS Cup U.S. Open Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK United States Doug Warren 1 0 1+0 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF United States David Stokes 11 0 3+8 0 0 0 0 0
3 FW United States Jason Thompson 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
4 DF United States Brandon Prideaux 23 0 16+7 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ezra Hendrickson 2 0 0+0 0 1+1 0 0 0
6 MF United States Kevin Ara 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
7 DF United States Ryan Nelson 17 2 17+0 2 0 0 0 0
8 MF United States Earnie Stewart 26 3 23+3 3 0 0 0 0
9 FW United States Freddy Adu 34 5 14+16 5 3+1 0 0 0
11 FW United States Alecko Eskandarian 28 14 19+5 10 4+0 4 0 0
12 DF United States Mike Petke 26 1 23+3 1 0 0 0 0
13 MF Argentina Christian Gómez 13 5 8+1 4 4+0 1 0 0
14 MF United States Ben Olsen 25 3 25+0 3 0 0 0 0
16 MF United States Brian Carroll 30 4 26+4 4+0 0 0 0 0
17 DF United States Joshua Gros 33 1 21+8 1 1+3 0 0 0
18 GK United States Nick Rimando 13 0 13+0 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF Ukraine Dema Kovalenko 28 3 25+0 3 3+0 0 0 0
22 GK United States Troy Perkins 16 0 16+0 0 0 0 0 0
23 FW El Salvador Eliseo Quintanilla 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF Ghana Nana Kuffour 6 1 1+4 0 0 0 1+0 1
25 MF United States Santino Quaranta 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
27 FW United States Tim Lawson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
99 FW Bolivia Jaime Moreno 31 9 27+0 7 4+0 2 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
January 16, 2004 United States Freddy Adu FW United States Project-40 MLS SuperDraft First round
January 16, 2004 United States Kevin Ara MF United States Harvard University MLS SuperDraft Third round
January 16, 2004 United States Joshua Gros MF United States Rutgers University MLS SuperDraft Fourth round
January 16, 2004 United States Kevin Hudson MF United States Southern Methodist University MLS SuperDraft Fifth Round
July 14, 2004 Ghana Nana Kuffour DM Ghana Super Rainbows Free transfer, developmental contract [10]

Out[edit]

Sourced list of players sold or loaned out during the season

Awards[edit]

Only official awards regarding individuals associated with the club

  • FA Premier League Player of the Month (January): Patrick Scorer
  • FA Premier League Manager of the Month (January): Lucas Boss

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Statistics: 2004 Postseason". D.C. United. Retrieved June 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Kuffuor put on D.C. United developmental roster". Ghanaweb.net. July 14, 2004. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2011.