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.
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.
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.
New England had some good runs of possession early on but were unable to break through the Galaxy defense to get any pressure on Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
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.
The remainder of the second half was a back-and-forth affair with L.A. getting the better of the chances — the best on a Keane breakaway that the Irishman failed to take or indeed pass to Donovan.
In the 79th minute, the Revs scored on a counter-attack with Chris Tierney — a boyhood fan of the Revs — burying his chance off a pass from the touchline from substitute Patrick Mullins, who had come on for Charlie Davies in the 72nd minute.
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SOURCE: ESPN FC