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MLS Cup 2007

MLS Cup 2007
Date 18 November 2007
Venue Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., USA
Man of the Match Dwayne De Rosario (Houston Dynamo)
Referee Alex Prus
Attendance 39,859
Weather Sunny 55 °F (13 °C)

MLS Cup 2007 was the final match of the 2007 MLS season, the 12th in the history of Major League Soccer. The game was a rematch between the previous year's two MLS Cup finalists, New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo.

The match took place on Sunday, 18 November 2007 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.. Houston won the game by a score of 2-1, handing New England its third consecutive MLS Cup defeat and fourth overall. Plácido Domingo performed the national anthem and Jimmy Eat World performed "Big Casino" at halftime.[1]

Contents

  • Venue 1
  • MLS Cup Playoffs 2
    • Bracket 2.1
    • New England Revolution 2.2
    • Houston Dynamo 2.3
  • Match details 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5

Venue

RFK Memorial Stadium hosted MLS Cup 2007.
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

was announced as the venue for MLS Cup 2007 on 14 December 2006.[2]

Home to D.C. United and Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals at the time, RFK Stadium previously hosted MLS Cup in 1997 and 2002. The facility also hosted matches during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup and was the site of the 1996 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final and the 2002 MLS All-Star Game.

MLS Cup Playoffs

Bracket

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2007
                             


E1  D.C. United 0 2  
E4  Chicago Fire 1 2  
  E4  Chicago Fire 0  
Eastern Conference
  E2  New England Revolution 1  
E2  New England Revolution 0 1
E3  New York Red Bulls 0 0  
  E  New England Revolution 1
  W  Houston Dynamo 2
W1  Chivas USA 0 0  
W4  Kansas City Wizards1 1 0  
  W4  Kansas City Wizards 0
Western Conference
  W2  Houston Dynamo 2  
W2  Houston Dynamo (AET) 0 4
W3  FC Dallas 1 1  

MLS adopted a new format for qualification into the playoffs. In 2007, the top two teams from each of the league's two conferences, followed by the next four teams with the highest number of points at the end of the regular season, qualified for the postseason, leading to the possibility of an uneven number of playoff teams from each conference.[3] This year, five teams qualified from the Eastern Conference, and only three teams from the Western Conference qualified, so the Kansas City Wizards, who have been assigned to the Western Conference playoffs, could have played a fellow Eastern Conference team in the final.

New England Revolution

For the fourth time in team history, third-straight, the New England Revolution became the Eastern Conference Champion. New England defeated the New York Red Bulls in the semifinals, advancing to the conference finals where they defeated the Chicago Fire.

Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo, for the second consecutive year in the club's two-year history, won the Western Conference Championship. Their win came through their victories over in-state rival FC Dallas in the conference semifinals and the Kansas City Wizards in the conference championship game. The Dynamo advanced to a rematch against the Revolution, and the MLS Cup, for the second straight year.

Match details

New England Revolution
Houston Dynamo
GK 1 Matt Reis
DF 4 Avery John
DF 6 Jay Heaps
DF 15 Michael Parkhurst
MF 13 Jeff Larentowicz
MF 14 Steve Ralston (c)  78'
MF 18 Khano Smith  65'
MF 21 Shalrie Joseph
MF 27 Wells Thompson
FW 11 Pat Noonan
FW 20 Taylor Twellman  20'
Substitutes:
GK 12 Doug Warren
DF 16 James Riley
MF 22 Marshall Leonard
MF 25 Andy Dorman  78'
MF 29 Kenny Mansally
MF 31 Sainey Nyassi
FW 7 Adam Cristman
Manager:
Steve Nicol


Man of the Match:
Dwayne De Rosario (Houston Dynamo)[4]

Assistant referees:
Adam Wienckowski
Rob Fereday
Fourth official:
Brian Hall

GK 18 Pat Onstad
DF 2 Eddie Robinson
DF 5 Ryan Cochrane
DF 16 Craig Waibel
DF 24 Wade Barrett (c)  57'
MF 9 Brian Mullan
MF 11 Brad Davis
MF 14 Dwayne De Rosario  74'
MF 30 Richard Mulrooney
FW 21 Nate Jaqua
FW 33 Joseph Ngwenya  61'  80'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Zach Wells
DF 4 Patrick Ianni
MF 7 Chris Wondolowski
MF 17 Mike Chabala
MF 22 Stuart Holden  80'
MF 26 Corey Ashe
FW 8 Paul Dalgish
Manager:
Dominic Kinnear

Notes

  • The 2007 MLS Cup was the first time the final has been a rematch from the previous year.
  • The Houston Dynamo are the first team to have back-to-back titles in the 2000s (decade), and only the second team in MLS history after D.C. United.

References

  1. ^ "MLS Cup 2007 to feature musical guests Jimmy Eat World and Placido Domingo", Major League Soccer press release, 2007-11-01.
  2. ^ Goff, Steven (December 13, 2006). "MLS Cup Coming to RFK in '07". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved February 8, 2007. 
  3. ^ "League address covers upcoming changes". MLSnet.com. Retrieved February 8, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Dynamo stun Revolution, repeat as champions". mlsnet.com. 2007-11-18. Archived from the original on 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
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