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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.
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.
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.
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.
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