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The MLS Cup is the annual championship game of Major League Soccer. Beginning with the 2008 MLS Cup winner, subsequent teams will receive the redesigned MLS Cup trophy, named the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy, for his long-standing commitment to MLS. The previous trophy was named the Alan I. Rothenberg Trophy, after the founding chairman of MLS.

MLS Cups

Eastern (1996-Present) Western (1996-Present) Central (2000-2001)
Year Winning Team Score Losing Team Venue City Attendance
1996 D.C. United 3–2 OT Los Angeles Galaxy Foxboro Stadiummarker Foxboro, MAmarker 34,643
1997 D.C. United (2) 2–1 Colorado Rapids RFK Stadiummarker Washington, DCmarker 57,431
1998 Chicago Fire 2–0 D.C. United Rose Bowlmarker Pasadena, CAmarker 51,350
1999 D.C. United (3) 2–0 Los Angeles Galaxy Foxboro Stadiummarker (2) Foxboro, MAmarker (2) 44,910
2000 Kansas City Wizards 1–0 Chicago Fire RFK Stadiummarker (2) Washington, DCmarker (2) 39,159
2001 San Jose Earthquakes 2–1 OT Los Angeles Galaxy Columbus Crew Stadiummarker Columbus, OHmarker 21,626
2002 Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 OT New England Revolution Gillette Stadiummarker Foxboro, MAmarker (3) 61,316
2003 San Jose Earthquakes (2) 4–2 Chicago Fire Home Depot Centermarker Carson, CAmarker 27,000
2004 D.C. United (4) 3–2 Kansas City Wizards Home Depot Centermarker (2) Carson, CAmarker (2) 25,797
2005 Los Angeles Galaxy (2) 1–0 OT New England Revolution Pizza Hut Parkmarker Frisco, TXmarker 21,193
2006 Houston Dynamo 1–1

PSO

(4–3)
New England Revolution Pizza Hut Parkmarker (2) Frisco, TXmarker (2) 22,427
2007 Houston Dynamo (2) 2–1 New England Revolution RFK Stadiummarker (3) Washington, DCmarker (3) 39,859
2008 Columbus Crew 3–1 New York Red Bulls Home Depot Centermarker (3) Carson, CAmarker (3) 27,000
2009 Real Salt Lake 1–1
PSO
(5–4)

Los Angeles Galaxy Qwest Fieldmarker Seattle, WAmarker 46,011


Notes
  • Until 2003, MLS Cup utilized "sudden death" or "golden goal" overtime, i.e. the match ended if a goal were scored at any point in overtime. Beginning in 2004, a 30:00 overtime is played in full; if the match is still tied, a Penalty Kick shootout is used to decide the match.
  • Bold - MLS Supporters' Shield Winner
  • Italics - Sellout Crowd


MLS Cup successes by club

The second version of the trophy for MLS Cup was called the Alan I.
Rothenberg trophy


Club Won Lost Appearances Playoffs made
D.C. United 4 1 5 8
Los Angeles Galaxy 2 4 6 11
Houston Dynamo 2 0 2 4
San Jose Earthquakes 2 0 2 6
Chicago Fire 1 2 3 11
Kansas City Wizards 1 1 2 9
Columbus Crew 1 0 1 9
Real Salt Lake 1 0 1 2
New England Revolution 0 4 4 10
Colorado Rapids 0 1 1 9
New York Red Bulls 0 1 1 10


Most Valuable Player Award recipients

Dwayne De Rosario is the only person to be named the MLS Cup MVP more than once.
Year Winner Position Club
1996 Marco Etcheverry Midfielder D.C. United
1997 Jaime Moreno Forward D.C. United
1998 Peter Nowak Midfielder Chicago Fire
1999 Ben Olsen Midfielder D.C. United
2000 Tony Meola Goalkeeper Kansas City Wizards
2001 Dwayne De Rosario Forward San Jose Earthquakes
2002 Carlos Ruiz Forward Los Angeles Galaxy
2003 Landon Donovan Forward San Jose Earthquakes
2004 Alecko Eskandarian Forward D.C. United
2005 Guillermo Ramírez Midfielder Los Angeles Galaxy
2006 Brian Ching Forward Houston Dynamo
2007 Dwayne De Rosario Midfielder Houston Dynamo
2008 Guillermo Barros Schelotto Midfielder Columbus Crew
2009 Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake


MLS Scudetto

At the start of the 2006 season, MLS created their version of the scudetto (Italian: "small shield"), a symbol worn on the jersey by the team who won the previous season's Serie A (the top Italian league).

The MLS scudetto was originally a curved, triangular badge featuring a backdrop of the American flag behind a replica of the Alan I. Rothenberg MLS Cup trophy. It was redesigned for the 2008 season after the change to the MLS Cup trophy. It is now an oval shaped black badge with the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy in the middle. The MLS scudetto is worn by the winning team the season following the victory. It is only during the subsequent season (two years after winning the championship), that the team adds a star — a common soccer signifier of titles won — above the team logo. The team can display the star on other items beside their jersey in the year after winning the Cup, but only if the scudetto is not shown.
  • The 2005 MLS Cup champion, the Los Angeles Galaxy, was the first team to wear the scudetto and now has a second star above the team shield on the jersey during the 2007 season[55726].
  • The Houston Dynamo was the first team to win subsequent championships after the scudetto was unveiled. In such case, the team will wear the scudetto for another season; however, the sanctioned star will be added to the team logo.
  • The Columbus Crew was the first team to wear the redesigned scudetto.
  • Real Salt Lake is the second team to wear the redesigned scudetto.


Halftime shows



Notes and references

  1. Soccer By Ives: New MLS Cup trophy unveiled
  2. Major League Soccer: MLS unveils redesigned MLS Cup trophy
  3. The latest names are used for franchises who had name changes,e.g. FC Dallas was formerly known as Dallas Burn.
  4. Correct as at the end of 2009 playoffs.



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