04 Dec Preview: 2014 MLS Cup Final
This Sunday, the 2014 MLS Cup Champion will be crowned and celebrations will be in full swing. Eastern Conference Champs, New England Revolution, are set to take on West Coast Champs the LA Galaxy.
This will be the third time that the Galaxy has faced the Revolution in an MLS Cup Final, with the Galaxy winning both previous matches 1-0. The Galaxy fell 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders at Century Link Field in the second leg of the Western Conference Championship, but advanced to the MLS Cup Final on away goals. The Galaxy will now look to be the first team in MLS history to win 5 MLS Cup trophies.
There is a lot at stake going into this match. Most notably, Landon Donovan’s prominence in Major League Soccer. The center forward announced earlier this year that this will be his last season as a professional soccer player. Sunday he will have the chance to bow out of the game in front of his hometown fans as the first ever winner of six MLS Cup titles.
Robbie Keane who was named the MLS MVP winner on Wednesday, will look to be an influential role in Sunday’s match. Keane scored a career high of 19 goals this season with 14 assists. He claimed the honor for the first time, holding off the Revolution’s very own Lee Nguyen who put in a total of 18 goals this season as a midfielder.
New England will look to redeem themselves after falling 5-1 down to LA earlier this season. That was back in July, however, and since then the team has only lost 4 times in their last 20 matches.
Leading up to the match New England fans are hoping third time’s a charm, but don’t rule out the Galaxy who have scored a total of 69 goals this season.