MLS Cup History | San Jose works overtime in 2001 final to beat L.A.
Seattle will host the 14th MLS Cup, Nov. 22 at Qwest Field. This is the sixth in a series of stories about the first 13 MLS Cups.
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Oct. 21, 2001
Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
San Jose Earthquakes 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1
In the first Cup final to be played at a stadium specifically built for soccer, the Columbus area did well to fill the place with 21,626 spectators in 68-degree weather. The match went into sudden-death extra time, and Dwayne De Rosario, who would go on to be one of the best performers ever in MLS Cup final-game history, fired a shot off a goalpost that caromed into the net, beating L.A. goalkeeper Kevin Hartman in the 96th minute.
The Earthquakes had to come from behind after Mexican national team legend Luis Hernandez scored in the 21st minute, assisted by current Sounders FC broadcast commentator Greg Vanney. Landon Donovan's 43rd-minute goal for San Jose tied the score.
De Rosario came on as a substitute with five minutes left in regulation time and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. San Jose denied Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid a title, as well as other future Sounders Pete Vagenas and Ezra Hendrickson (now an assistant coach with Seattle).
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