WASHINGTON, D.C. – The MLS Cup trophy will remain in Washington, D.C.
D.C. United defeated the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, to defend their MLS Cup title in front of 57,431 fans at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Tony Sanneh led the way for United with a goal and an assist. Sanneh found match-MVP Jaime Moreno in the 37th minute to give D.C. a 1-0 lead, before he unleashed what would ultimately become the game-winning strike in the 68th minute.
Colorado substitute Adrian Paz cut the deficit in half in the 75th minute after connecting on a feed from David Patino, but couldn’t come up with a late equalizer as United held on to win their second consecutive MLS title.
MLS Cup II: October 26, 1997
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
MVP: Jaime Moreno (D.C.)
DC -- Jaime Moreno 3 (Tony Sanneh 3, David Vaudreuil 5) 37
DC-- Tony Sanneh 3 (John Harkes 3, Richie Williams 3) 68
COL-- Adrian Paz 1 (David Patino 1, Matt Kmosko 3) 75
DC-- Scott Garlick (caution; Dangerous play) 20
COL -- Marcelo Balboa (caution; Dangerous play) 86
Colorado Rapids -- Marcus Hahnemann, Matt Kmosko, Chris Martinez (Adrian Paz 59), Steve Trittschuh, Peter Vermes, Marcelo Balboa, Paul Bravo (Wolde Harris 27), Chris Henderson, Steve Henderson (Ross Paule 81), David Patino, Steve Rammel.
D.C. United -- Scott Garlick, Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa, Eddie Pope, David Vaudreuil, Marco Etcheverry, John Harkes, Tony Sanneh, Richie Williams, Raul Diaz Arce, Jaime Moreno.
Referee: Brian Hall
Referee's Assistants: Steve Olson, Greg Barkey
Weather: Rain, 46 degrees