Led by future LA Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Crew SC were expected to be there after capturing its second Supporters’ Shield. The Red Bulls run to its only Cup appearance was a surprise with Juan Carlos Osorio’s squad finishing fifth in the East, but upset the defending champion Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake in the playoffs.
Schelotto had a vintage performance in the final, assisting on all three Crew SC goals and the late great Sigi Schmid became the first coach to win MLS Cup with two different teams.
As you get ready to dive into the stream above, check out how each team lined up that afternoon in Carson. You can also view the full archive of MLS Classics matches.