From the Vault | Oct. 23 - Nov. 17

In our final edition of From the Vault, we go back to Oct. 30, 1996, when the Black and Red earned their first U.S. Open Cup in a 2-1 victory over the Rochester Rhinos. United achieved the first “double” in U.S. Soccer history. On Oct. 26, 1997, the team successfully defended their crown in front of the D.C. faithful as United defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-1. United won their 2nd MLS Cup in front of 57,421 fans at RFK. On Nov. 14, 1998, D.C. hosted the Brazilian footballing giant Vasco da Gama in the 1st leg of the InterAmerican Cup. United went on to win the two-leg series 2-1. On Nov. 13, 1999, United beat the Columbus Crew in a 4-0 rout. The headlining goal was a spectacular bicycle kick from Roy Lassiter. Fast-forwarding three years later to Nov. 17, 2002, the U.S. Men’s National Team hosted El Salvador and emerged victorious in a 2-1 win. United’s own Ben Olsen scored for the U.S. in front of the RFK faithful. Two years later, with a trip to the MLS Cup on the line, the Black-and-Red faced the New England Revolution in a match many consider one of the greatest games to ever be played in both RFK and United history. D.C. and New England traded three goals each over 120 minutes before going to penalties. Nick Rimando made the game-winning save off Clint Dempsey and sent United to the MLS Cup on Nov. 6, 2004. In 2010, Homegrown Andy Najar culminated his stellar rookie campaign as MLS awarded him Rookie of the Year honors. For past iterations of From the Vault, check out