Strip Club–Floater Edition
DC United entered the 1997 season as the defending MLS Cup and US Open Cup champions. Bruce Arena refreshed the squad with a couple of players, most notably Scott Garlick and Roy Wegerle. Jaime Moreno was the leading scorer in a team that included Harkes, Agoos, Williams, Sanneh and Etcheverry.
The team finished the regular season with the Supporters Shield and had a chance at four trophies. After dispatching the New Revolution and the Columbus Crew, United met the Colorado Rapids in the 1997 MLS Cup Final. The Rapids were the fourth seed out of the West and goals on either side of halftime had United cruising, but the visitors pulled one back with 15 minutes to go. DC was able to grind out the rest of the match and retained their MLS Cup crown.
Days later, DC United played the Dallas Burn in the US Open Cup Final. After a scoreless 120 minutes played in very cold conditions, the match went to penalties. Dallas went first, converted all five, and won 5-3 as Diaz Arce missed for United. (Great recap here from FC Dallas). The Domestic Treble was gone.
On the International front, DC United competed in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. The club met United Petrotrin FC from Trinidad and Tobago and beat them 1-0 to advance. Their opponent in the Semi Finals was the LA Galaxy and LA got a little bit of revenge from the MLS Cup defeat the previous year, winning 1-0 on an early Cobi Jones goal.
One of my previous posts looked at the inaugural home shirt for DC United and for their second season the club kept the same home and away jerseys but added a third jersey. The color scheme for this alternate shirt was very patriotic and could have been a throwaway from the kit design for the US in the 1994 World Cup. The badge was sublimated throughout on the shirt accented by three stripes. The Columbus Crew used the same template.
I picked up the shirt at an adidas outlet store and it was a size too big. The fashion of the time was loose fitting but I definitely did not make a wise decision. It was like a soccer themed sail on my skinny frame so I didn’t wear it very often. Obviously I didn’t have the player issue and the fabric was much different than the home and away shirts, being much more polyester based and not breathing well. This shirt was another victim of my periodic kit purges but I think the design could be re-introduced.