MLS Cup History | San Jose nets 2003 title with 4-2 win over Chicago
Seattle will host the 14th MLS Cup on Sunday, at Qwest Field. This is the eighth in a series of stories about the first 13 MLS Cups.
Nov. 23, 2003
Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
San Jose Earthquakes 4, Chicago Fire 2
A full house of 27,000 on a sunny day saw the Earthquakes get the most goals for one team in an MLS Cup final, as Landon Donovan recorded a pair in the stadium he'd eventually call home as a current member of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Fire, making its third Cup final appearance, outshot San Jose 22-11, but the Earthquakes made a good number of their shots on goal count in going 2-for-2 in MLS Cup games.
Ronnie Ekelund opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a goal off a free kick. In the 55th minute, San Jose goalkeeper Pat Onstad, now a Sounders FC nemesis as keeper for the Houston Dynamo, stopped a penalty kick by Ante Razov that broke the Fire's momentum.
San Jose became the second MLS team to win multiple championships, joining D.C. United. Nate Jaqua was an 81st-minute substitute for the Fire, years before he'd don the rave green of Sounders FC.
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