the level of play, the way New England kept fighting back, the penalty shootout, the sight of 21,201 black-clad fans on their feet all game -- brought to reality everything we had hoped to see at an American soccer game.
D.C. United 3, New England Revolution 3
D.C. United advance to MLS Cup 2004 on penalty kicks, 4-3
Goals: Eskandarian (Olsen) 11, Twellman (Leonard) 17, Moreno (Stewart) 21, Ralston (PK) 44, Gomez (Stewart, Eskandarian) 67, Noonan (Ralston) 85
DC -- Olsen (saved), Quaranta (goal), Adu (goal), Eskandarian (goal), Moreno (saved), Carroll (goal)
NE -- Ralston (hit crossbar), Reis (goal), Twellman (goal), Heaps (saved), Joseph (goal), Dempsey (saved)
D.C. United -- Rimando, Namoff (Quaranta 106), Hendrickson, Petke, Stewart (Prideaux 81), Carroll, Gomez (Adu 69), Olsen, Gros, Eskandarian, Moreno.
New England Revolution -- Reis, Heaps, Pierce, John, Ralston, Cancela (Dorman 68), Dempsey, Joseph, Leonard (Kamler 81), Noonan, Twellman.
Yellow Cards: Joseph 1, Gros 5, Eskandarian 49, John 55, Namoff 58, Pierce 62, Olsen 87
Referee: Terry Vaughn
David Lifton is a contributor to dcunited.com. He is a member of the Screaming Eagles and longtime supporter of D.C. United.