Head Coach: Peter Nowak
Team site: http://dcunited.mlsnet.com/MLS/dcu/index.jsp
The club’s inaugural season in 1996 would prove to be a fruitful one for the "Black-and-Red." After a slow start in league play, United found the right balance and went into the postseason as the team to beat. However, they proved to be the team that no one could beat, defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 on a ‘golden goal’ header by defender Eddie Pope in overtime to capture the first MLS Cup title on October 20. One title wasn’t enough for the Black-and-Red that fall, as three days later United would blank the Rochester Rhinos of the A-League 3-0 to win the U.S. Open Cup , the country’s oldest soccer tournament. The Black-and-Red became the first club to capture America’s version of the "double".
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