The first-ever MLS game was 25 years ago Monday, as the San Jose Clash hosted D.C. United at Spartan Stadium on April 6, 1996.
In honor of the anniversary, MLS will be streaming the first match on Monday, starting at 1 pm PT, with additional shoulder programming to go with it, on MLSsoccer.com and the league’s social media and YouTube channels.
The Clash, of course, became the San Jose Earthquakes, and after a rather bumpy opening stretch to their MLS history, settled in and became a very successful club after the turn of the century, winning two MLS Cups and eventually, two Supporters’ Shields.
This game is notable because San Jose had the first goal in league history, courtesy of U.S. Men’s National Team star Eric Wynalda, who broke a 0-0 deadlock in the game’s dying minutes.
I spoke to Wynalda as part of a conference call commemorating this first game in recent days, and be on the lookout for more coverage surrounding that coming soon. For now, gear up for the stream of the first game, and see where our one-of-a-kind MLS all began, Monday at 1 pm.
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