Galaxy Defeats New England to Win Fifth MLS Cup

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Landon Donovan is leaving Major League Soccer on top as the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the New England Revolution 2-1 to claim the team’s fifth MLS Cup trophy in Donovan’s final game as a professional, stated espnfc.us.

Donovan’s teammate and MLS MVP Robbie Keane scored in the 111th minute from a long ball over the top of the New England defense, which the Irishman promptly tucked away in the back of the net after he was played onside by Chris Tierney, stated espnfc.us.

The Galaxy have now won the MLS Cup in 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2014. The 2014 MLS Cup marks the third time in the last four years the Galaxy have captured an MLS Cup in Carson, reported lagalaxy.com. The victory also marks the third time the Galaxy have defeated New England in an MLS Cup Final, previously earning victories in 2002 and 2005.

The Galaxy had had numerous chances in the first half, but were slightly out of sync and couldn’t finish several opportunities right in front of goal, reported espnfc.us. After the disjointed first half for both teams, Gyasi Zardes scored for the Galaxy to give the home team a 1-0 lead in front of a sellout crowd of 27,000 at the StubHub Center.

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, the most successful coach in MLS postseason history, captures his record fifth MLS Cup as a head coach. He is now 30-10-5 all time in the MLS Playoffs, stated lagalaxy.com.

Landon Donovan set yet another record in his final game as a professional on Sunday, capturing his sixth MLS Cup title when the LA Galaxy beat the New England Revolution, 2-1 in extra time at the StubHub Center, stated mlssoccer.com.

Throughout his remarkable soccer career, Donovan always did know how to finish.

One last time, he did it as a champion, stated philly.com.

Donovan breaks a tie with former player Jeff Agoos and current Colorado Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan, who have both won five MLS Cup titles. Donovan won two titles with the San Jose Earthquakes (2001 and 2003) and four with the Galaxy (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014), reported mlssoccer.com.