MLS Cup '96
|Date||October 20, 1996|
|Man of the Match||Marco Etcheverry
|Weather||Rain, 44 °F (7 °C)|
MLS Cup '96, the first championship match in Major League Soccer history, was played between D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy to decide the champion of the league's inaugural season. The match was played in very heavy rain from the proximity of Hurricane Lili, at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on October 20, 1996. D.C. United defeated the Galaxy 3-2 in overtime, after trailing 2-0, with 17 minutes remaining. Eddie Pope scored his golden goal to win it.
D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy earned a berth in the 1997 CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
Route to the championship
|D.C. United||Round||Los Angeles Galaxy|
|NY/NJ MetroStars||2–1||Game 1: L 2–3 Game 2: W 1–0 Game 3: W 2–1||Conference semifinals||San Jose Clash||2–0||Game 1: L 0–1 Game 2: W 2–0 Game 3: W 2–0|
|Tampa Bay Mutiny||2–0||Game 1: W 4–1 Game 2: W 2–1||Conference finals||Kansas City Wiz||2–0||Game 1: W 2–1 Game 2: W 2–1|
- Note 1: Results listed in amount of games won.
October 20, 1996
|Los Angeles Galaxy||2 – 3 (OT)||D.C. United|
Los Angeles Galaxy
Most Valuable Player:
Marco Etcheverry (D.C. United)
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- Alex Yannis (October 20, 1996). "The Title Will Be Decided In the Battles of Midfield". The New York Times.
- Steven Goff (October 21, 1996). "Pope Puts United at Head of the Class". The Washington Post.
- Alex Yannis (October 21, 1996). "United Rallies, Slides and Heads Its Way to First Title". The New York Times.
- "1996 Season in Review". Los Angeles Galaxy.
- Simon Borg (October 6, 2011). "Top 50 MLS Cup Moments: #45 Splash Time". Major League Soccer.
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