D.C. United - 2004
The beginning of 2004 saw an exciting time for the Black-and-Red, as head coach Peter Nowak and teen phenom Freddy Adu both joined the club in January. Nowak became the fourth United coach in team history, while Freddy was the first overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft. Jaime Moreno returned to DC following a one year stint with the MetroStars. After a 5-5-5 start during the first part of the MLS regular season, United began to buy into Coach Nowak's hardworking, aggressive and team-oriented strategy and finished the regular season with an 11-10-9 record. In the final game of the regular season, the team notched a thrilling 3-2 victory over the MetroStars that vaulted them past New York and into second place in the Eastern Conference standings. United carried their hot streak into the playoffs and dispatched of both the MetroStars in the first round and the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference championship on the way to their fifth MLS Cup Championship game. Led by MLS Cup MVP Alecko Eskandarian, United went on to defeat the Kansas City Wizards 3-2 and capture their fourth MLS Championship. In all, United finished the season with nine victories in their last ten games while achieving their "Return to Glory."