Peter Nowak had an empty feeling when he left the MLS Cup four years ago. He was beaming this time.
D.C. United's rookie coach and his team had just won the franchise's fourth MLS Cup, beating Kansas City, 3-2, Sunday in Carson, Calif.
"I got my trophy back," Nowak said after Alecko Eskandarian scored twice to lead United.
Nowak was the MVP of Chicago's 1998 victory over United in Major League Soccer's championship game, then was on the field again when the Fire lost, 1-0, to Kansas City in 2000.
"When you raise a trophy as a player or a coach, it's a satisfying feeling," Nowak said.
"(The players) make me look like a genius, all their hard work. I put them through hell, really worked them, but now they get to enjoy it."
United spotted the Wizards an early goal, then scored three times in a seven-minute span of the first half.
Freddy Adu, United's 15-year-old phenom, came on as a substitute in the 65th minute to a roar from the crowd of 25,797. He made a run down the side with the ball late in the game, but goalkeeper Bo Oshoniyi was able to pick up the ball before Adu could get off a shot.