MLS Cup is the final game of the Major League Soccer postseason, officially recognized as the championship of the league. The trophy was originally called the Alan I. Rothenberg Trophy, named after the founding chairman of MLS. In 2008 the league unvieled a redesigned trophy called the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy. The award for the regular season championship is called the Supporters' Shield, after the various clubs' supporters. In February 2006, MLS decided the MLS Supporters Shield and the MLS Cup winner will represent the United States in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. Starting in 2008 the MLS Cup winner and the Supporters' Shield winner gain entry in the CONCACAF Champions League.


Previous results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team Score Location City Att.
October 20, 1996 D.C. United Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 Foxboro Stadium Foxborough, MA 34,643
October 26, 1997 D.C. United Colorado Rapids 2-1 RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 57,431^
October 25, 1998 Chicago Fire D.C. United 2-0 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA 51,350
November 21, 1999 D.C. United Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 Foxboro Stadium Foxborough, MA 44,910
October 15, 2000 Kansas City Wizards Chicago Fire 1-0 RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 39,159
October 21, 2001 San Jose Earthquakes Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 Columbus Crew Stadium Columbus, OH 21,626^
October 20, 2002 Los Angeles Galaxy New England Revolution 1-0 Gillette Stadium Foxborough, MA 61,316^
November 23, 2003 San Jose Earthquakes Chicago Fire 4-2 Home Depot Center Carson, CA 27,000^
November 14, 2004 D.C. United Kansas City Wizards 3-2 Home Depot Center Carson, CA 27,000^
November 13, 2005 Los Angeles Galaxy New England Revolution 1-0 Pizza Hut Park Frisco, TX 21,193^
November 12, 2006 Houston DynamoNew England Revolution 1-1
(4-3 pk)
Pizza Hut Park Frisco, TX 22,427^
November 18, 2007 Houston Dynamo New England Revolution 2-1 RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 39,859
November 23, 2008 Columbus Crew New York Red Bulls 3-1 Home Depot Center Carson, CA 27,000^
November 22, 2009 Real Salt Lake Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1
(5-4 pk)
Qwest Field Seattle, WA 46,011^

Extra Time
^ sell out crowd

Most Valuable Player Award recipients

Year Winner Position Team
1996 Template:Flagicon Marco Etcheverry Midfielder D.C. United
1997 Template:Flagicon Jaime Moreno Forward D.C. United
1998 Template:Flagicon Peter Nowak Midfielder Chicago
1999 Template:FlagiconBen Olsen Midfielder D.C. United
2000 Template:Flagicon Tony Meola Goalkeeper Kansas City
2001 Template:Flagicon Dwayne De Rosario Forward San Jose
2002 Template:Flagicon Carlos Ruiz Forward Los Angeles
2003 Template:FlagiconLandon Donovan Midfielder San Jose
2004 Template:Flagicon Alecko Eskandarian Forward D.C. United
2005 Template:Flagicon Guillermo Ramírez Midfielder Los Angeles
2006 Template:Flagicon Brian Ching Forward Houston
2007 Template:Flagicon Dwayne De Rosario Midfielder Houston
2008 Template:Flagicon Guillermo Barros Schelotto Forward Columbus
2009 Template:Flagicon Nick Rimando Goalkeeper Real Salt Lake

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