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United has made a tradition out of winning it all in the MLS playoffs. Jamie Squire/Allsport

Building a dynasty

United sets standard of excellence for MLS

When MLS was formed, the powers-that-be wanted to ensure that they didn't repeat the mistakes of the NASL, where the New York Cosmos dominated the league. In the New York area, at least, they succeeded. Instead, writes CNN/SI's Michael Lewis, a super-team was forged in the nation's capital in the form of D.C. United. In his Throw-Ins, Lewis laments the field conditions at MLS Cup and waives goodbye to several MLS players.

  • First-half goals lift United to MLS Cup
  • D.C. honors dynasty United with parade

    Closer Look: Hartman's blunder costs L.A.
    United put the MLS championship game away late in the first half on a blunder by L.A. goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
    FULL STORY

    Locker Room: United savors victory
    After D.C. had survived the near-collapse of the stage during the post-game awards ceremony, the side adjourned to the locker room.
    FULL STORY

    Locker Room: Galaxy suffers second cup loss
    In retrospect, it seems the L.A. Galaxy's chances of winning MLS Cup '99 were broken at the same time as Robin Fraser's collarbone.
    FULL STORY

    MLS trying to halt perception that league is struggling
    In its four years, none of the teams have folded or moved, and their value has increased from $5 million apiece to $25 million.
    FULL STORY


    CNN/SI's Michael Lewis: Offside Remarks
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    D.C. United: Friday | Saturday
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    Days at a Glance
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    Friday: League's wishes granted with rematch

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    PLAYOFFS

    Second Round
    Galaxy v. Burn: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
    United v. Crew: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
    First Round
    Burn v. Fire: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
    Galaxy v. Rapids: Game 1 | Game 2
        ---
    Crew v. Mutiny: Game 1 | Game 2
    United v. Fusion: Game 1 | Game 2

    More Stories
    Closer Look: Red cards affect United victory
    Galaxy's Fraser, Fusion's Heaps win MLS awards
    Notebook: Good riddance shootout
    On the Pitch: Optimistic despite the odds
    10 Questions: John Maessner
    Preview: Life or death against United


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