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MLS Cup 2006
MLS Cup 2006.png
Houston wins 4-3 on penalties
Date November 12, 2006
Venue Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX
Referee Jair Maruffo
Craig Lowry
Nate Clement
Kevin Stott
Attendance 22,427
Weather Sunny, 61 °F (16 °C)

The 2006 MLS Cup was the championship game of the 2006 Major League Soccer season, played on November 12, 2006 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas between the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo. Houston won 4-3 on penalty kicks, after a 1-1 draw following extra time.

Contents

The Matchup

Pat Onstad after stopping the final penalty kick attempt

For the first time ever, the MLS Cup Final matched teams which did not win their respective conferences in the regular season. In every final since the inaugural season of 1996, at least one of the teams led its division after the regular-season campaign. On three occasions, the MLS Cup matched two conference regular-season winners (1999, D.C. United vs. Los Angeles Galaxy; 2000, Kansas City Wizards vs Chicago Fire; 2003, San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire).

Houston and New England were separated by just two points during the regular season. The Revolution finished with 12 wins, 8 losses, and 12 draws for 48 points. Houston went 11-8-13 for 46 points. It was the narrowest margin between the finalists since 2003, when the Chicago Fire and San Jose Earthquakes were just two points apart in their regular season records. In addition to their similar point totals, the teams finished with identical goal differentials (+4) and both finished 8-3-5 at home.

The teams also split their two regular-season meetings, playing to a pair of 1-1 draws. On May 27 at Gillette Stadium, Steve Ralston put the Revolution ahead with a 55th-minute goal, but a Ryan Cochrane goal five minutes from the end gave the Dynamo the equalizer. On July 22 at Robertson Stadium, an own goal gave New England the lead in the 60th minute, but Stuart Holden pulled Houston level again just three minutes later.

MLS Cup Playoffs

This was the first time since 1996 that both MLS Cup finalists lost their opening game in the playoffs and recovered to claim a spot in the title game. That year, D.C. United lost in a shootout in the opening game of the playoffs before recovering to win the inaugural championship match; their opponents, the Los Angeles Galaxy, lost to the San Jose Earthquakes in their first postseason game.

In the first round of the 2006 playoffs, the biggest upset came in the Western Conference, where the Colorado Rapids upset top-seeded FC Dallas on the road for the second straight year, again winning in a shootout. In the other Western Conference semifinal, Houston trailed Chivas USA 2-0 in the first leg but recovered to lose 2-1, despite missing a penalty kick, and win 2-0 at home to advance.

In the Eastern Conference, D.C. United needed a late goal to escape with a 1-1 home draw in the second leg against Red Bull New York, winning 2-1 on aggregate. New England rallied from a 2-0 aggregate deficit in the second leg to force penalty kicks against Chicago, winning the shootout to advance.

In the conference finals, New England used an early Taylor Twellman goal to knock off the MLS Supporters' Shield winners and qualify for its third title game in five years. Houston recovered from an early penalty kick behind two goals from Paul Dalglish for a 3-1 win over Colorado, reaching the championship in its first year in Houston.

Paul Dalglish holding the MLS Cup
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup Final
                                       
  1  D.C. United 1 1 2  
4  Red Bull New York 0 1 1  
  1  D.C. United     0  
Eastern Conference
  2  New England Revolution     1  
3  Chicago Fire (AET, PSO) 1 1 2/2
  2  New England Revolution 0 2 2/4  
    E  New England Revolution     1/3
  W  Houston Dynamo (AET, PSO)     1/4
  1  FC Dallas (AET, PSO) 2 2 4/4  
4  Colorado Rapids 1 3 4/5  
  4  Colorado Rapids     1
Western Conference
  2  Houston Dynamo     3  
3  Chivas USA 2 0 2
  2  Houston Dynamo 1 2 3  

Match details

November 12, 2006
Houston Dynamo 1–1 (a.e.t)
(4 - 3 pen.)
New England Revolution Pizza Hut Park, Dallas
Attendance: 22,427
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Davis Booked in the 23rd minute 23'
Cochrane Booked in the 99th minute 99'
Waibel Booked in the 103rd minute 103'
Ching Goal 114'
(Report) Franchino Booked in the 16th minute 16'
Twellman Goal 113'

    PENALTIES    

Kelly Gray Scored
Stuart Holden Scored
Dwayne De Rosario Scored
Brad Davis Missed
Brian Ching Scored

4–3

Scored Shalrie Joseph
Scored Matt Reis
Missed Pat Noonan
Scored Taylor Twellman
Missed Jay Heaps


Houston Dynamo
New England Revolution
HOUSTON DYNAMO:
GK 18 Canada Pat Onstad
DF 16 United States Craig Waibel Booked in the 103rd minute 103'
DF 5 United States Ryan Cochrane Booked in the 99th minute 99' Substituted off in the 102nd minute 102'
DF 2 United States Eddie Robinson
DF 24 United States Wade Barrett (c)
MF 9 United States Brian Mullan
MF 14 Canada Dwayne De Rosario
MF 51 Canada Adrian Serioux Substituted off in the 114th minute 114'
MF 11 United States Brad Davis Booked in the 23rd minute 23'
FW 25 United States Brian Ching
FW 8 Scotland Paul Dalglish Substituted off in the 81st minute 81'
Substitutes:
GK 1 United States Zach Wells
DF 4 United States Chris Aloisi
DF 3 United States Kevin Goldthwaite
DF 6 United States Kelly Gray Substituted on in the 102nd minute 102'
MF 22 United States Stuart Holden Substituted on in the 114th minute 114'
MF 7 United States Chris Wondolowski
FW 15 Venezuela Alejandro Moreno Substituted on in the 81st minute 81'
Manager:
Scotland Dominic Kinnear


Man of the Match: United States Brian Ching

Assistant referees:
Craig Lowry
Nate Clement
Fourth official:
Kevin Stott

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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION:
GK 1 United States Matt Reis
DF 6 United States Jay Heaps
DF 4 Trinidad and Tobago Avery John
DF 15 United States Michael Parkhurst
MF 25 Wales Andy Dorman Substituted off in the 62nd minute 62'
MF 8 United States Joe Franchino (c) Booked in the 16th minute 16' Substituted off in the 53rd minute 53'
MF 3 United States Daniel Hernandez Substituted off in the 111th minute 111'
MF 21 Grenada Shalrie Joseph
MF 14 United States Steve Ralston
FW 11 United States Pat Noonan
FW 20 United States Taylor Twellman
Substitutes:
GK 12 United States Doug Warren
DF 16 United States James Riley
MF 31 United States Jeff Larentowicz Substituted on in the 111th minute 111'
FW 30 Mexico Jose Manuel Abundis
FW 7 Uruguay Jose Cancela
FW 2 United States Clint Dempsey Substituted on in the 62nd minute 62'
FW 18 Bermuda Khano Smith Substituted on in the 53rd minute 53'
Manager:
Scotland Steve Nicol

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MLS Cup 2006
Houston wins 4-3 on penalties
Date November 12, 2006
Venue Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, TX
Referee Jair Maruffo
Craig Lowry
Nate Clement
Kevin Stott
Attendance 22,427
Weather Sunny, Template:Convert/°F
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The 2006 MLS Cup was the championship game of the 2006 Major League Soccer season, played on November 12, 2006 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas between the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo. Houston won 4-3 on penalty kicks, after a 1-1 draw following extra time.

Contents

The Matchup

after stopping the final penalty kick attempt]]

For the first time ever, the MLS Cup Final matched teams which did not win their respective conferences in the regular season. In every final since the inaugural season of 1996, at least one of the teams led its division after the regular-season campaign. On three occasions, the MLS Cup matched two conference regular-season winners (1999, D.C. United vs. Los Angeles Galaxy; 2000, Kansas City Wizards vs Chicago Fire; 2003, San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire).

Houston and New England were separated by just two points during the regular season. The Revolution finished with 12 wins, 8 losses, and 12 draws for 48 points. Houston went 11-8-13 for 46 points. It was the narrowest margin between the finalists since 2003, when the Chicago Fire and San Jose Earthquakes were just two points apart in their regular season records. In addition to their similar point totals, the teams finished with identical goal differentials (+4) and both finished 8-3-5 at home.

The teams also split their two regular-season meetings, playing to a pair of 1-1 draws. On May 27 at Gillette Stadium, Steve Ralston put the Revolution ahead with a 55th-minute goal, but a Ryan Cochrane goal five minutes from the end gave the Dynamo the equalizer. On July 22 at Robertson Stadium, an own goal gave New England the lead in the 60th minute, but Stuart Holden pulled Houston level again just three minutes later.

MLS Cup Playoffs

This was the first time since 1996 that both MLS Cup finalists lost their opening game in the playoffs and recovered to claim a spot in the title game. That year, D.C. United lost in a shootout in the opening game of the playoffs before recovering to win the inaugural championship match; their opponents, the Los Angeles Galaxy, lost to the San Jose Earthquakes in their first postseason game.

In the first round of the 2006 playoffs, the biggest upset came in the Western Conference, where the Colorado Rapids upset top-seeded FC Dallas on the road for the second straight year, again winning in a shootout. In the other Western Conference semifinal, Houston trailed Chivas USA 2-0 in the first leg but recovered to lose 2-1, despite missing a penalty kick, and win 2-0 at home to advance.

In the Eastern Conference, D.C. United needed a late goal to escape with a 1-1 home draw in the second leg against Red Bull New York, winning 2-1 on aggregate. New England rallied from a 2-0 aggregate deficit in the second leg to force penalty kicks against Chicago, winning the shootout to advance.

In the conference finals, New England used an early Taylor Twellman goal to knock off the MLS Supporters' Shield winners and qualify for its third title game in five years. Houston recovered from an early penalty kick behind two goals from Paul Dalglish for a 3-1 win over Colorado, reaching the championship in its first year in Houston.

holding the MLS Cup]]

  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup Final
                                       
 

1  D.C. United 1 1 2  

4  Red Bull New York 0 1 1  
 

1  D.C. United     0  
Eastern Conference
 

2  New England Revolution     1  

3  Chicago Fire (AET, PSO) 1 1 2/2
 

2  New England Revolution 0 2 2/4  
   

E  New England Revolution     1/3
 

W  Houston Dynamo (AET, PSO)     1/4
 

1  FC Dallas (AET, PSO) 2 2 4/4  

4  Colorado Rapids 1 3 4/5  
 

4  Colorado Rapids     1
Western Conference
 

2  Houston Dynamo     3  

3  Chivas USA 2 0 2
 

2  Houston Dynamo 1 2 3  

Match details

November 12, 2006
Houston Dynamo 1–1 (a.e.t)
(4 - 3 pen.)
New England Revolution Pizza Hut Park, Dallas
Attendance: 22,427
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Davis 23'
Cochrane 99'
Waibel 103'
Ching  114'
(Report) Franchino 16'
Twellman  113'

    PENALTIES    

Kelly Gray
Stuart Holden
Dwayne De Rosario
Brad Davis
Brian Ching

4–3

Shalrie Joseph
Matt Reis
Pat Noonan
Taylor Twellman
Jay Heaps


Houston Dynamo
New England Revolution
HOUSTON DYNAMO:
GK 18 Pat Onstad
DF 16 Craig Waibel 103'
DF 5 Ryan Cochrane 99' 102'
DF 2 Eddie Robinson
DF 24 Wade Barrett (c)
MF 9 Brian Mullan
MF 14 Dwayne De Rosario
MF 51 Adrian Serioux 114'
MF 11 Brad Davis 23'
FW 25 Brian Ching
FW 8 Paul Dalglish 81'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Zach Wells
DF 4 Chris Aloisi
DF 3 Kevin Goldthwaite
DF 6 Kelly Gray 102'
MF 22 Stuart Holden 114'
MF 7 Chris Wondolowski
FW 15 Alejandro Moreno 81'
Manager:
Dominic Kinnear


Man of the Match: Brian Ching

Assistant referees:
Craig Lowry
Nate Clement
Fourth official:
Kevin Stott

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION:
GK 1 Matt Reis
DF 6 Jay Heaps
DF 4 Avery John
DF 15 Michael Parkhurst
MF 25 Andy Dorman 62'
MF 8 Joe Franchino (c) 16' 53'
MF 3 Daniel Hernandez 111'
MF 21 Shalrie Joseph
MF 14 Steve Ralston
FW 11 Pat Noonan
FW 20 Taylor Twellman
Substitutes:
GK 12 Doug Warren
DF 16 James Riley
MF 31 Jeff Larentowicz 111'
FW 30 Jose Manuel Abundis
FW 7 Jose Cancela
FW 2 Clint Dempsey 62'
FW 18 Khano Smith 53'
Manager:
Steve Nicol

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