MLS Cup Final Live: Galaxy Victorious With 1-0 Win

The Galaxy finish of a classic MLS season by hoisting the trophy Sunday night at HDC.

The Dynamo’s defense was valiant, but in the end got tested one too many times by the quality attackers of the Galaxy.

(Still unsure that goal was going in unless Tally Hall nudge it…)

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60 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dth on 2011/11/20 at 7:12 PM

    Robbie Keane has a delightfully incomprehensible accent.

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  2. Posted by John henry on 2011/11/20 at 7:13 PM

    Insignificant point, but I have to say, that’s a nice looking trophy.

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    • Posted by dth on 2011/11/20 at 7:15 PM

      Yeah, the new MLS trophy is pretty nice.

      Also, if we’re speaking of image-type stuff: surely a good advertisement for the league that people are willing to sit on wet, damp grass on what an e-mailer to the Guardian describes as reminiscent of a cold, wet night in Glasgow.

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  3. Posted by John henry on 2011/11/20 at 7:16 PM

    Good production value from espn too. Amazing how much the quality had improved. Even the talking heads are better.

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  4. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/11/20 at 7:18 PM

    Really too bad Davis is out for this one.

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  5. As a Revs fan, with the two teams that have denied us a MLS Cup playing against each other tonight, I am rooting for a power outage.

    As an American soccer fan, I can’t help but think that a LA victory would be better for long term development.

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  6. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/11/20 at 7:22 PM

    As a Fire fan, I find the idea of a team starting Calen Carr hoisting the Cup about as unlikely as a Dynamo fan would find Dominic Oduro scoring 12 goals in a season.

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  7. Posted by cfig on 2011/11/20 at 7:23 PM

    Looking forward to seeing if the Dynamo and their $9m payroll deficiency can compete (even more interesting when both teams have the same owner). Let’s go Dynamo!

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  8. Posted by John henry on 2011/11/20 at 7:23 PM

    Kinda intrigued by the performances of gonzo and Cameron. Two fringe nationals that a lot of people think should have more of a role. Hope they both have good games.

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  9. Posted by Crow on 2011/11/20 at 7:33 PM

    The Castrol Index begs to differ with your “hidden treasure” tag for Mike Magee John Harkes. ;0

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  10. Posted by Crow on 2011/11/20 at 7:41 PM

    Were the Philly Union defending on that first Galaxy corner kick?

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  11. Posted by John henry on 2011/11/20 at 7:57 PM

    The MLs backups rearing their ugly heads… Sad to think there’s a player on the la roster that’s a good deal worse than chad barrett.

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  12. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/20 at 8:00 PM

    I thought they broke the mold when they made Heskey. Obviously not. I’d like to introduce you to Christman.

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    • Posted by Crow on 2011/11/20 at 8:17 PM

      THis Cristman fellow- my word. I thought Wondolowski’s stint with the National Team was bad. Cristman is so bad it is amusing. I feel bad for the guy. Just watching him run around the pitch- he makes Peter Crouch look as silky smooth as Lio Messi. I have my MLS fantasy team name already picked out for next year- The Adam Cristman All-Stars.

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      • Posted by Jared on 2011/11/21 at 4:02 AM

        I remember when Cristman first came into the league with New England. It was embarrassing seeing him on the same field as Twellman.

        He makes Heskey look like Pele.

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        • Posted by Martin on 2011/11/21 at 10:40 AM

          Cristman’s goal scoring touch is quite leaden.

          However, Heskey played 676 games in England, most of them in the EPL. He scored 151 goals. He had 62 caps for England and scored 7goals. He was on 2 World Cup and 1 Euro squads. Michael Owen has claimed he was his best attacking partner. And in 2009, he was worth about 12 million pounds.

          Cristman has a long way to go to get anywhere near Heskey.

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          • Posted by Jared on 2011/11/21 at 10:42 AM

            Heskey’s stats are not impressive at all. I had no idea they were that bad. That just shows you why England struggled so much at those tournaments. They were playing a style that is at least a decade out of date with a target striker who doesn’t score.

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          • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/21 at 11:44 AM

            Thank you for summarising Heskey’s google search results. You saved me 20 seconds of my life, and I shall always be grateful.

            I think most people, including myself, were referring to Cristman’s wastefulness in front of goal in last night’s match (see time & date stamp on comments), not comparing achievements.

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    • Surprised that Beckham didn’t ask Cristman to put on an orange jersey at half-time so he’d remember not to kick the ball to him.

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  13. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/20 at 8:07 PM

    Have to ask, what’s with the silver ball? Not particularly TV friendly.

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  14. Posted by Crow on 2011/11/20 at 8:18 PM

    I have to say it again- the crowd in Los Angeles is one of the worst in the league. I cannot imagine a home MLS final in Portland, Seattle, or even somewhere like Toronto.

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    • Posted by John henry on 2011/11/20 at 8:32 PM

      Haha come on. New England? Dallas?

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      • Posted by John henry on 2011/11/20 at 8:34 PM

        Not laughing at you. Just couldn’t help myself at the pitiful thought of MLs Gillette

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        • Posted by Crow on 2011/11/20 at 9:38 PM

          note I said “one of the worst”

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          • Posted by John henry on 2011/11/20 at 10:01 PM

            Theres just no comparison. I thought the crowd was ace tonight.

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            • Posted by crow on 2011/11/21 at 6:52 AM

              There were a lot of people at the game but you could barely hear the crowd. There are many MLS fanbases with more vocal and passionate crowds. Some of the Portland games you can barely hear the commentators.

    • Posted by TommyOC on 2011/11/21 at 2:35 PM

      If you were there, you’d understand the stadium is anything but quiet. But on TV, two things conspire to make it sound less so:

      1) The stadium is VERY open-air. Sound doesn’t get trapped. The surfaces that are there tend to reflect it back into the stands or away from the playing field.

      2) NONE of you understand that ESPN deadens the mic at the south side of the stadium, do you?

      Sure, they have a field mic there, but they only turn it up when the play is on that side. MLS and TV partners have long had a policy of keeping LA Riot Squad off the screen (and definitely off the speakers) whenever possible since their inception. No conspiracy. MLS FO dictated it back in the day and the discrimination has lived on well after LARS started getting more love from Galaxy staff.

      Why? Nearly every chant of theirs is off-color.

      Need further proof of this? The call-and-response, which the majority of the stadium participated in last night, was MUCH quieter on TV when the south responded – even though they had the temporary seating installed.

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      • Posted by Crow on 2011/11/21 at 4:26 PM

        Thanks for your observations- I’ve been to alot of stadiums but not the Home Depot Center, so I will stand corrected. I know ESPN deadens the mics at alot of the games, including the USMNT games. They must do it even more so at HDC games, though, bc there were moments where it was absolutely silent during the games.

        How would rank the Home Depot Center’s noise and atmosphere (with an unbiased opinion) compared to other venues in the league. I’m a Son of Ben and Union season ticket holder and I think I would rank Seattle, Portland, Kansas City, Toronto, and maybe Salt Lake ahead of Philly.

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  15. Posted by Crow on 2011/11/20 at 8:32 PM

    !!!! John Harkes: Chad Barrett is wishing he was playing in this final and had that chance! LOL

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  16. Posted by Crow on 2011/11/20 at 8:35 PM

    John Harkes moment of the night! We’ve got it! John trying to imitate David Beckham’s accent saying “I was going for the BALL”.

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  17. Posted by GeorgeCross [@BhasViswanathan] on 2011/11/20 at 8:48 PM

    Even though Keane’s effort didn’t count, what was the Houston keeper doing? Really bad goalkeeping, and weird body shape.

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  18. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/11/20 at 9:07 PM

    Jeez, Donovan. Try returning the favor.

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    • Keane was in an offside position. That’s why LD took the shot instead.

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      • That was actually very good defending by Cameron, stepping up when Donovan had a chance to play the pass to take Keane out of the play, and then busting it to make the shot difficult on Donovan.

        I’m not sure he has the positioning and instincts to be an international level player and it’s difficult to evaluate his potential impact on a team that looks to play out of the back when the Dynamo play direct from back to front.

        On Keane’s disallowed goal, In real time I’d thought he’d stepped up to play Keane offside, but the replay showed he hadn’t really and the call was marginal.

        The good, the bad and the lucky. Not seen quite enough of him outside of this match to decide whether a January call-up is deserved or likely.

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        • Posted by Martin on 2011/11/21 at 10:22 AM

          Cameron played much of that match injured so your evaluation is further clouded.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/11/21 at 10:42 AM

          Keane should never have been offside on that play, he was looking along the line. It was really bad decision making from him. Also, an early ball from Donovan would have played Keane in.

          I think you’re giving Cameron too much credit re. stepping up to play Keane offside. I watched this a couple of times and when he steps up, Keane was still onside. At best it was OK 1v1 defending as he slowed Donovan down a little, allowed teammates to get back, and made him shoot from distance

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  19. Posted by Ufficio on 2011/11/20 at 9:09 PM

    Beckham utilizing his last chance to play some American football.

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  20. Posted by Union on 2011/11/20 at 9:30 PM

    Hahaha. Donovan is such a tool. Oh well. I still can’t wait for him to get back on the field for the USMT.

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  21. Posted by Nate on 2011/11/20 at 9:44 PM

    Donovan looked much more in form and game-intense than in the last few matches. Less griping at the officials too until the end with the crap raining from the classless Houston fans. As to his future – I’d like to see him go out on loan to Everton again if Moyes would have him. They like him there, and it would certainly be a challenge for him!

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  22. Posted by Jared on 2011/11/21 at 4:08 AM

    I wonder who LA spends their DP money on for next season now that I’m sure Becks will leave?

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  23. Posted by crow on 2011/11/21 at 6:56 AM

    If Geoff Cameron doesn’t get a run out at Orozco Fiscal’s spot I will be angry. Warrior like performance, giving up his body despite injury to the end. It is very hard for me to respect anyone on Houston but Davis and Cameron have won my respect. One of them should be captain of that team.

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    • Posted by Union on 2011/11/21 at 10:57 AM

      Don’t see it. There are a lot of guys who should be on the team above Fiscal, but I don’t think Cameron should be one of them.

      Just as a statement of fact, this is not meant as a diss to the MLS, but the defending that stands out in the MLS isn’t the defending that stands out in International soccer. Obvious, I know, but its worth noting that positioning and physicallity is only one aspect of the International game. Closing speed, technique and distribution is the second aspect, and arguably the more important one. At the International level its given that at some point during a game, the attacking players you face will have you beat no matter how good your positioning is. The talent level is just that high. At that point, its not as much about positioning as it is about having the quickness to shut down those attackers who have you beat, combined with the technique and skill to quickly get the ball up field to a MF to distribute. Just booting the ball out of bounds, a favorite in the MLS, does not suffice. The Geoff Camerons, George Johns and and Omar Gonzalez’s of the world are terrific at being physical, getting to balls in the air, and positioning themselves. But, they aren’t all that good on the ball. And that is just so important for a defender to be successful outside of the MLS.

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      • Considering Cameron played 2/3 of the season as a central midfielder I’d say he’s surprisingly competent on the ball. He doesn’t have the skills to be a top level attacking midfielder but I think he’s got enough skill to suffice at centerback.

        I’m not necessarily saying he is a player of that quality but he at least deserves a shot.

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      • Posted by Crow on 2011/11/21 at 4:28 PM

        I’m just asking for him to get a run out at Orozco Fiscal’s spot. Somebody else should at least get a chance to get that spot. And I disagree- I think Cameron has some decent on the ball skills. He is able to get forward fairly well and distribute.

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        • Posted by Martin on 2011/11/21 at 5:04 PM

          Crow and cfig,

          I’m curious as to how you would both define “Cameron getting a shot” and “someone else should get a shot at Fiscal’s spot?”.

          It seems to me you earn that shot by what you show when you play for your club, especially if you don’t have much of an existing track record, if any, with the national team.

          JK and his staff presumably spend a great deal of time evaluating the US talent pool so I find it hard to believe they haven’t seen the Galaxy and Houston play.

          He clearly rates Donovan and has made Shea and Beckerman regulars so he does not seem to be biased against MLS players per se.

          What is clear is that JK is looking for players with particular skill sets to fill particular roles in the “core”. Gonzo and Cameron have had really good years for their teams, but neither the Galaxy nor the Dynamo play the way JK seems to want to play. So whatever Gonzo and Cameron do well, it seems JK thinks it does not neccessarily translate well to what he wants to do with the US. Either that or he was just waiting for them to finish their playoff runs.

          In any event I don’t see why you should get angry over this. If Cameron is as good as you say and JK has missed the boat on him then someone else either here or abroad will give him a chance to prove him wrong. .

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  24. Posted by Excellency on 2011/11/21 at 8:19 AM

    They could have played with a yellow day-glo ball and chose murky gray instead.

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  25. Posted by EFG on 2011/11/21 at 9:09 AM

    Didn’t watch the match yesterday but will watch it today. Only review I got from a couple friends of mine was “Adam Cristman (who is from the same town we are and they played travel ball with) played like garbage so it made us happy.”

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    • Posted by Alex on 2011/11/21 at 2:36 PM

      Haha, Adam Cristman… I like how Chad Barrett’s a superstar. Because he’s being compared to Cristman.

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      • Posted by EFG on 2011/11/21 at 5:09 PM

        I never played with/against him but apparently he was the biggest complainer and diver. They said it got exponentially worse after he came back from his first US U-18 camp.

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  26. Cristman was just awful. I thought Donovan played better but invisible again at times. I thought Ashe looked quite good at times for the Dynamo. Overall I didn’t think it was a great match, but that may have had a lot to do with the field conditions. There weren’t too many chances where either team really threatened the other keeper (largely Cristman’s fault for LA’s lack of chances). LA was the deserving winner, but would have been nice to see what Davis could have done.

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    • Posted by Union on 2011/11/21 at 10:59 AM

      Cristman reminds me of watching those 40+ year olds who play rec league soccer w/ a bunch of 25 year olds.

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  27. Posted by prizby on 2011/11/21 at 11:43 AM

    David Beckham will sign a 7 month contract so he can have a shot at winning the CONCACAF Champions League. He will continue to play with the Galaxy until the end of July, where he will then go play for Britain at the Olympics. After winning Olympic Gold (that is his ultimate goal right?), he will abruptly announce his retirement, move to Barcelona and send his kids to the Barcelona academy so they can join the best youth academy in the world

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