Most MLS Cup Wins: LA Galaxy Top List With 5 Championships Ahead of 2024 Season

Most MLS Cup Wins: LA Galaxy Top List With 5 Championships Ahead of 2024 Season

Joel Reyes
February 20, 2024 at 6:25 AM
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  • LA Galaxy has won the most MLS Cup titles, with five championships
  • They won the championship in 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2014
  • D.C. United and Columbus Crew have won four and three titles, respectively

The 2024 season of Major League Soccer is finally here.

Since the inaugural competition in 1996, the MLS Cup has produced 15 different champions in 28 editions.

Sports Brief looks at the teams with the most MLS Cup titles ahead of the 2024 season.

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LA Galaxy celebrate after winning the 2014 MLS Cup. Image: Andy Mead.
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Teams with the most MLS Cups

LA Galaxy (5 titles)

LA Galaxy hold the record for the most MLS Cup titles in the history of the event, with five.

They first captured the championship in 2002, beating the New England Revolution 1-0 in the final. Carlos Ruiz starred for LA Galaxy in that contest, scoring a sudden-death goal in the second overtime.

They won their second MLS Cup title in 2005, beating the New England Revolution 1-0. The rematch followed the same script as their previous final meeting, with LA Galaxy winning the championship with a goal in extra time.

Guillermo Ramirez was the hero this time around. He came off the bench to score the winning goal in the final.

LA Galaxy captured their third MLS Cup title in 2011, beating Houston Dynamo 1-0 in the final. Captain, Landon Donovan, delivered when his team needed him the most, scoring the match-winner in the 72nd minute.

They successfully defended their MLS Cup title in 2012, beating Houston Dynamo in a rematch of the 2011 final.

LA Galaxy battled back from a 1-0 deficit, scoring three goals in the second half to record the 3-1 win. Omar Gonzalez, Landon Donovan, and Robbie Keane scored the goals for the Galaxy, who captured their fourth MLS Cup.

Their last MLS Cup win came in 2014, with LA beating New England 2-1 in the final. The match headed into extra time after Gyasi Zardes and Chris Tierney scored goals in the second half.

Robbie Keane sealed the victory for the Galaxy, scoring the match-winner in the 111th minute.

D.C. United (4 titles)

D.C. United won the inaugural MLS Cup in 1996, beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 in the final. United battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half, with Tony Sanneh and Medved scoring the goals to force overtime.

George Edward Pope sealed the win for D.C., scoring the match-winner in the 94th minute.

They successfully defended their MLS Cup title in 1997, beating the Colorado Rapids 2-1 in the final. Jaime Moreno opened the scoring for United in the 37th minute before Tony Sanneh doubled their lead in the 68th minute.

D.C. United won their third MLS Cup title in 1999, beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 in the final. Jaime Moreno and Ben Olsen scored the goals for United, who won their third championship in four years.

Their last MLS Cup win came in 2004, with D.C. beating the Kansas City Wizards 3-2 in the final. Alecko Eskandarian scored a double for United in that contest.

Columbus Crew (3 titles)

Columbus Crew won their first-ever MLS Cup title in 2008, beating the New York Red Bulls 3-1 in the final.

Alejandro Moreno, Chad Marshall, and Frankie Hejduk scored the goals for the Crew, who secured the championship in their first final appearance.

Columbus waited a dozen years to win their second championship, taking home the crown in 2020.

They defeated Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 in the final thanks to a brace from Lucas Zelarayan.

The Crew are the reigning MLS Cup champs after winning their third title last year. They defeated Los Angeles FC 2-1 in the final, with Cucho Hernandez and Yaw Yeboah the goal-scorers for Columbus, per ESPN.

Inter Miami looking for more trophies

Sports Brief recently reported on Inter Miami expecting trophies from Lionel Messi's first full season in MLS.

The Herons won their first-ever championship last year in the Leagues Cup.

They will look to add more this season with Luis Suarez joining Messi in their lineup.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.