MLS Cup '97

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MLS Cup '97
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Date October 26, 1997
Venue RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C.
Man of the Match Jaime Moreno
(D.C. United)
Attendance 57,431
Weather Rain, 46 °F (8 °C)

MLS Cup '97, the second edition of Major League Soccer's championship match, was played between defending champion D.C. United and the Colorado Rapids to decide the champion of the 1997 season. The game was played at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on October 26, 1997. Playing in their home stadium in a drenching rain storm, D.C. United beat the Rapids 2-1 to claim their second consecutive title. D.C. also became the first MLS champion to win at home.

The crowd of 57,431 was the second-largest soccer audience in the history of RFK Stadium.[1] It is also the first MLS Cup to end in regular time.

D.C. United and the Colorado Rapids earn a berth to the 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

Match details[edit]

October 26, 1997
D.C. United 2 - 1 Colorado Rapids
Moreno Goal 37'
Sanneh Goal 68'
Report Paz Goal 75'
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Washington, D.C.

Attendance: 57,431
Weather: Rain, 46°F
Referee: Brian Hall
Assistants: Steve Olson, Greg Barkey


DC United:
GK 1 United States Scott Garlick YC 20'
DF 12 United States Jeff Agoos
DF 18 Colombia Carlos Llamosa
DF 23 United States Eddie Pope
DF 24 United States David Vaudreuil
MF 10 Bolivia Marco Etcheverry
MF 6 United States John Harkes (c)
MF 20 United States Tony Sanneh
MF 16 United States Richie Williams
FW 21 El Salvador Raúl Díaz Arce
FW 9 Bolivia Jaime Moreno
Head Coach:
United States Bruce Arena
Colorado Rapids:
GK 1 United States Marcus Hahnemann
DF 12 United States Matt Kmosko
DF 21 United States Chris Martinez
DF 4 United States Steve Trittschuh
DF 2 United States Peter Vermes
MF 17 United States Marcelo Balboa (c) YC 86'
MF 8 United States Paul Bravo
MF 19 United States Chris Henderson
MF 3 United States Sean Henderson
FW 6 Mexico David Patiño
FW 10 United States Steve Rammel
Head Coach:
United States Glenn Myernick