It was a tense game, full of drama throughout but Robbie Keane‘s extra-time goal was enough to win a record fifth MLS Cup trophy for the Galaxy.
The result means New England have lost to the Galaxy in the final three times now – all of those in extra-time, and Donovan claimed his sixth title in his final game before retirement.
“A lot of credit to New England. In a lot of ways they played better than we did today. They were terrific,” the 32-year-old told ESPN after the game.
“There are games you play when you’re not at your best and we weren’t at our best today. But we stayed in it and got there in the end.”
Donovan will forever be remembered as a legend for US soccer and he has seen Major League Soccer come so far during his 13 years in the league.
“This is incredible,” he said. “It’s amazing when you look around. All the teams have grown, and there is lots of excitement around it [for next year]. This is just the end of the playing part for me. I’ll still be around.”
Robbie Keane was named as the MVP of the final, adding to his MLS MVP award that he picked up earlier this week and Donovan will miss playing with the prolific Irish forward.
“I’m gonna miss Robbie Keane. In these games it takes a special play and there’s no one better at making special plays than Keane.”
He has changed the game of soccer for the better and Landon Donovan will now hope to continue the league’s development away from the field.
LA Galaxy are now the most successful side in Major League Soccer. But the New England Revolution will come back stronger in 2015, in what promises to be a thrilling season.