The 2004 MLS Cup had a little bit of everything — a cluster of goals, a comeback, handballs — one called, one not — and a first-ever red card.
It was a classic in every sense of the word, which is why it’s up next on our “MLS Classics” series.
Alecko Eskandarian scored the first two, the second was controversially allowed after forward, who was named MLS Cup MVP, handled the ball on the lead-up.
Dema Kovalenko became the first player in MLS Cup history sent off on a straight red card for DOGSO with Josh Wolff converting the ensuing penalty kick to give KC a second-half lifeline. But D.C. United held on to capture a fourth MLS Cup title.
As you get ready to press play on the complete match above, get acquainted with each team’s starting lineup below. Also, check out the full archive of MLS Classics games here.