FOXBOROUGH – D.C. United defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0, to capture the club’s third MLS Cup in front of 44,910 fans at Foxborough Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The Galaxy suffered the loss of MLS Defender of the Year, Robin Fraser, just nine minutes into the match when he left with an apparent collarbone injury.
Los Angeles’s backline felt his absence when D.C.’s Jaime Moreno poked in a rebound after a scramble in the box in the 19th minute to give United a 1-0 lead.
A bizarre blunder by Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in the 45th minute allowed for D.C.’s Ben Olsen to extend the advantage to 2-0. Hartman had difficulty clearing the ball out of his box before it fell to the feet of Olsen, the game’s MVP, who connected from 20 yards out on an empty net.
With the win, D.C. continued their early dominance of Major League Soccer, appearing in the MLS Cup for the fourth consecutive year and seizing their third league crown.
MLS Cup IV: November 21, 1999
Foxborough Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
MVP: Ben Olsen (DC)
DC -- Jaime Moreno 5 (Lassiter 1) 19
DC -- Ben Olsen 2 (unassisted) 45
LA -- Cobi Jones (caution; Dangerous play) 24
DC -- Ben Olsen (caution; Dangerous play) 53
DC -- Carey Talley (caution; Dangerous play) 69
DC -- Diego Sonora (caution; Dangerous play) 76
LA -- Roy Myers (caution; Dangerous play) 90
LA Galaxy -- Kevin Hartman, Paul Caliguiri, Robin Fraser (Steve Jolley 9) (Zak Ibsen 80), Ezra Hendrickson, Greg Vanney, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Clint Mathis, Roy Myers, Danny Pena (Simon Elliott 73), Carlos Hermosillo, Cobi Jones.
D.C. United -- Tom Presthus, Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa (Diego Sonora 74), Eddie Pope, Carey Talley, Marco Etcheverry, John Maessner, Ben Olsen, Richie Williams, Roy Lassiter (Geoff Aunger 87), Jaime Moreno.
Referee: Tim Weyland
Referee's Assistants: Nathan Clement, Craig Lowry
4th Official: Brian Hall
Weather: Sunny, 63 degrees