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LA Galaxy Win Fifth MLS CUP Final, Donovan Retires a Champion

Sunday's Revolution loss gives the LA Galaxy and US Soccer legend Landon Donovan (above) his fifth MLS Cup title in the star's last game. (Photo courtesy of Regular Daddy, Wikipedia CC)

Sunday’s Revolution loss gives the LA Galaxy and US Soccer legend Landon Donovan (above) his fifth MLS Cup title in the star’s last game. (Photo courtesy of Regular Daddy, Wikipedia CC)

With the LA Galaxy playing in their ninth MLS Cup Finals, Landon Donovan bows out as the main man and the Galaxy become the first side in MLS history to win five MLS Cup Finals trophies, beating the New England Revolution 2-1 on Sunday in extra time. This was the Revolution’s fifth MLS Cup Finals appearance and Jay Heaps, who now coaches the side, was a player in all four of those finals but he never lifted the trophy.

MLS Most Valuable Player Robbie Keane scored in the 111th minute via a long ball over the top of the Revs defense, which he smoothly tucked to the far side of the net.

With almost all the attention on Donovan’s swan song, local boy Gyasi Zardes’ 52nd minute opener helped to heap even more attention on the possibility of Donovan ending his professional playing career on a high.

The Revs were bent on rewriting a seemingly preordained script, therefore rendering much of the second half a back-and-forth contest. The Revs had more of the ball but LA had the better chances – the best of which came in the 72nd minute, when Donovan knocked the ball past a Revs defender but, had Robbie Keane not interfered with play, Donovan would have been through on goal.

In the 79th minute, boyhood fan of the Revs Chris Tierney scored on a counter-attack via an assist from Patrick Mullins, who had just come into the as a second half substitute.

Minutes later, Teal Bunbury chipped a shot past Galaxy goalie Jaime Panedo, but his chip hit the post. The game had to continue to extra time.

Revs MVP nominee Lee Nguyen left the game late in regulation time due to cramps. He was replaced by Andy Dorman but despite losing him, the Revs had the better of the chances in extra time.

Keane was not his usual efficient self, the Revs defense had done a good job of frustrating him throughout the entire game but he made amends in the 111th to help LA to their fifth title in the MLS franchise and give Landon Donovan a befitting end to a wonderful career.

Opeyemi Akindele ’16 is a soccer beat writer for The Hub. He can be reached at akindeleo@emmanuel.edu.

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