MLS Cup returns to nation’s capital

WASHINGTON (TICKER) —For the third time in its 12-year history, the MLS will hold its championship event in the nation’s capital.

The MLS Cup will be staged on November 18, 2007 at RFK Stadium, league commissioner Don Garber announced on Thursday.

The two previous MLS Cups held here were in 1997 and 2000.

“We are delighted to bring Major League Soccer’s championship game back to Washington D.C., one of America’s great soccer cities,” Garber said. “RFK Stadium has been the site of so many memorable soccer events, from World Cup games and MLS Cups, to unforgettable D.C. United matches, and we are sure that MLS Cup 2007 will add to its storied history.”

RFK Stadium will become the first venue to host the event three times. Foxboro, Massachusetts has hosted the MLS Cup three times with the 1996 and 1999 editions at Foxboro Stadium and the 2002 final at Gillette Stadium.

RFK Stadium has served as the home field of four-time MLS Cup champion D.C. United since its inaugural season in 1996.

“All of us at D.C. United are excited about the prospect of hosting another MLS Cup here at RFK,” D.C. United president and CEO Kevin Payne said. “In 1997, more than 57,000 people packed into RFK - the largest actual crowd in the history of the stadium - and the atmosphere was electric as we won our second MLS Cup. And in 2000, over 39,000 were in attendance to see Kansas City top Chicago.

“Hosting the game will provide added incentive to our team to earn a place in the game, and try to reward the best fans in MLS and in Washington sports with another championship.”

Updated Thursday, Dec 14, 2006