There is only one player that took the field in the 1997 MLS Cup final between the Colorado Rapids and DC United that is still playing today.
Marcus Hahnemann, the starting goalkeeper for English Premier League side Wolverhampton, was the Colorado Rapids starting keeper against DC on October 26, 1997 at MLS Cup '97 held at RFK Stadium.
A member of the U.S. National Team at both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, Hahnemann this week shared his memory of the Rapids' last MLS Cup appearance with ColoradoRapids.com:
"It was against DC United and unfortunately we lost.
I remember there was the biggest-ever snowstorm in Colorado.
The game was on a Sunday and we’d already travelled but the wives couldn’t get out of the airport on Saturday. No flights were leaving apart from one which left with the Denver Broncos on it! Their players were all turning up at the airport in snowmobiles and however they could get there.
The roads were unbelievable and I think my wife drove everyone there in one of our trucks – she had about eight of the wives in there. But they all had to spend the night in the airport because they couldn’t leave even to go home because the airport (DIA) is in the middle of nowhere.
Then the restaurant closed, leaving them with no food and water, and I think there ended up being a bit of looting going on!
They managed to leave the next day and got to the game for the last five minutes. My parents made it because they flew out of Seattle.
The game was OK and we had chances in the game. We were down 1-0 and pushed forward and conceded and we ended up losing 2-1.
As a team we weren’t expected to get to the final and had done well to get there in the first place.
It was an unbelievable season.
The way the playoffs worked you could have a ‘so-so’ season, get to the playoffs and hit form and end up winning it and that’s what matters.
I can’t believe it’s been that long since Colorado have been in a final. Thirteen years – and 13 is my lucky number, so maybe that’s an omen.
I still try to follow it and talk to Kasey Keller (Seattle goalkeeper) a lot, and my parents go to the games in Seattle. So I’m probably more up to date with Seattle than anyone else.
Of course I’ll be rooting for Colorado this weekend. I’m sure I’ll be able to find the game somewhere and watch it if I can."
(Special thanks to Wolves' exec Paul Berry).
Note: Jaime Moreno played for DC in the '97 Cup, though it is still unknown if he will play again after finishing his career with United this year.