Dating by cup size
The league hosted its inaugural championship, MLS Cup '96 on October 20, 1996.Today the MLS Cup is typically held in early December, featuring the winners of the Eastern Conference Championship and Western Conference Championship.Rothenberg Trophy from 1996 through 1998, a redesigned Alan I.Rothenberg Trophy from 1999 through 2007, and the Philip F. The MLS Cup's roots trace back to the foundation of Major League Soccer, when the league decided to have a championship format similar to its contemporary North American sports leagues by having the season culminate in a postseason tournament to determine the league champion.LA Galaxy are the most successful team, winning a record fifth Cup in 2014.During its history, the MLS Cup has been represented by three different trophies: the Alan I.In 1997, the second league cup final was contested at RFK Stadium, where United won back-to-back titles, a feat that would not be accomplished for another decade (when Houston Dynamo won the 20 finals).
The inaugural MLS Cup, MLS Cup '96 was the first MLS Cup championship match, featuring United and Los Angeles Galaxy.
The inaugural match had the Galaxy take an early 1–0 lead, and double in early in the second half.
However, their lead was relinquished towards the end of the match when Tony Sanneh pulled one back in the 72nd minute.
That in itself prompted debates about the league switching to a single table and a balanced schedule.
The single table has yet been instituted, but in 2010 the league instituted a balanced schedule.
This time, it was a 2–0 win over the Galaxy in the 1999 MLS Cup final.