On October 20, 1996, LA Galaxy encountered a heart-wrenching defeat in the first-ever MLS Cup, facing off against D.C. United at Foxboro Stadium. The match was a rollercoaster of emotions as the Galaxy took the lead through Eduardo Hurtado and Chris Armas. However, D.C. United mounted a late surge, equalizing with two goals in the final 17 minutes, forcing the game into extra time.
The intensity heightened as the match extended into extra minutes. Amidst the tension, D.C. United's Eddie Pope delivered the decisive blow, finding the net in extra time to secure a 3-2 victory, shattering the Galaxy's dream of lifting the inaugural MLS Cup.
The defeat served as a bitter pill to swallow for the Galaxy and their supporters. Despite displaying resilience and moments of brilliance, they were unable to hold on to their lead, ultimately succumbing to D.C. United's late surge and extra-time heroics.
For the Galaxy faithful, October 20, 1996, remains a date etched in disappointment, marking a valiant effort that fell short in the pursuit of the ultimate prize. However, the match served as a foundation stone in the club's journey, igniting the quest for future triumphs in Major League Soccer and fueling the determination to return stronger in the seasons to come.