Major League Soccer

LAFC beat Philadelphia Union to add their name to MLS Cup history

Chris Smith
LAFC won on penalties.
LAFC won on penalties. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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LAFC became the 15th team to win MLS Cup with a 3-0 penalty shootout victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Over an incredible 120 minutes of soccer, the Black and Gold were twice pushed back after taking the lead before snatching a shootout in the final moments through none other than Gareth Bale.

Banc of California Stadium held its breath.

Back-up goalkeeper John McCarthy - who came in late for the injured and red-carded Maxime Crepeau - earned his place in LAFC folklore with two saves against his hometown club, while Denis Bouanga, Ryan Hollingshead, and Ilie Sanchez delivered the goods to help the Black and Gold seal a Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup double.

It's the first time LAFC have ever won MLS Cup, but who do they join in this prestigious group of champions?


Every winner of MLS Cup

  • 1996: DC United
  • 1997: DC United (2)
  • 1998: Chicago Fire
  • 1999: DC United (3)
  • 2000: Kansas City Wizards
  • 2001: San Jose Earthquakes
  • 2002: LA Galaxy
  • 2003: San Jose Earthquakes (2)
  • 2004: DC United (4)
  • 2005: LA Galaxy (2)
  • 2006: Houston Dynamo
  • 2007: Houston Dynamo (2)
  • 2008: Columbus Crew
  • 2009: Real Salt Lake
  • 2010: Colorado Rapids
  • 2011: LA Galaxy (3)
  • 2012: LA Galaxy (4)
  • 2013: Sporting Kansas City (2)
  • 2014: LA Galaxy (5)
  • 2015: Portland Timbers
  • 2016: Seattle Sounders
  • 2017: Toronto FC
  • 2018: Atlanta United
  • 2019: Seattle Sounders (2)
  • 2020: Columbus Crew (2)
  • 2021: NYCFC
  • 2022: LAFC

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