Seattle will host the 14th MLS Cup, Nov. 22 at Qwest Field. This is the first in a series of stories about the first 13 MLS Cups.

Oct. 20, 1996

Foxboro Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.

D.C. United 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 2

D.C. United won the first Major League Soccer championship on a goal in sudden-death overtime by Eddie Pope in the 94th minute. D.C. rallied from a 2-0 deficit with all three of its goals after the 72nd minute of the match.

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The temperature was 44 degrees with rain and the crowd of 34,643 watched United legend Marco Etcheverry assist on a goal by Tony Sanneh in the 73rd minute and on Pope’s goal. Shawn Medved scored D.C.’s second goal in the 81st minute.

Pope, who would become a mainstay on the U.S. national team in the years to follow, celebrated his game-winning header with a slide on his stomach into a deluge of water and mud.

José Miguel Romero