Dream end for Landon Donovan as LA Galaxy beat New England revolution in MLS Cup Final

LA Galaxy won their fifth MLS Cup title with a 2-1 win after extra-time against New England Revolution in Landon Donovan‘s final game.

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.

Gyasi Zardes gave the hosts the lead soon after halftime, but New England fought back and Chris Tierney‘s goal sent the game into a further 30 minutes.

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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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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.


MLS Cup Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs New England Revolution

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This is it. The finale. 19 clubs started the 2014 season back in March, all fighting for a place in this season’s MLS Cup final. LA Galaxy and New England Revolution will battle it out at StubHub Center for the chance to be crowned champions.

The Galaxy are fighting for a record fifth MLS Cup title and victory in this one would spell the perfect end to Landon Donovan‘s illustrious MLS career in his final game before retirement.

New England are appearing in their first title game since 2007 and will be looking to be crowned champions on the fifth time of asking.

Both sides have stars that could prove to be the difference on Sunday night. The Revs will be looking to Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones once more and will hope to win the midfield battle with those two in fine form.

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Robbie Keane and Donovan will once again look to provide the cutting edge for the Galaxy, while Gyasi Zardes must also be mentioned having scored twice in a 5-1 win against the Revs at home earlier in the season.

LA Galaxy’s 2014 home form: Played 19 – Won 14 – Drawn 4 – Lost 1

The Galaxy have not lost at StubHub Center since the opening day of the regular season back in March (a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake) and are favourites heading into this one.

Though the Revs have been in incredible form. They are unbeaten in nine and have won their last three away from home.

New England Revolution’s 2014 away form: Played 19 – Won 8 – Drawn 2 – Lost 9

Jermaine Jones has proved to be a masterstroke of a signing and the Revs have only lost once since he joined the club back in August.

With so many attacking threats on the pitch this has the potential to be an absolute cracker. Though the fact that the title is on the line could see both sides approach this more cautiously, and counter-attacking tactics could be deployed by both.

East meets west as the 2014 MLS Conference Champions are set to go at it for the 19th MLS Cup. Landon Donovan will say goodbye to soccer on Sunday and it should be a night to remember for soccer fans worldwide.

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Key player: Landon Donovan: The man everyone will be watching. Donovan will be looking to mark his final game in soccer by lifting his sixth MLS Cup trophy.

Key stat: Round three: This is the third time these two sides have met in the MLS Cup final. LA Galaxy won both of the previous games 1-0 after extra-time.

LA Galaxy’s last five: L/D/W/W/L

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

Prediction: LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution* – The Revs to clinch this one on penalties after an exciting 120 minutes.