Landon Donovan and the Galaxy's final
The Major League Soccer season has finally ended and it all comes down to this one last match in Carson California this Sunday. The final will be between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New England Revolution. The stage is also set for a US Soccer legend to retire on a high note in his career. These two teams have met before in the regular season back on the 16th of July and at the Stub Hub Center no doubt.
The previous occasion that these two teams met, the Galaxy thrashed the Revolution 5-1 at the Stub Hub Center. The New England Revolution then were without striker Charlie Davies and midfield general Jermaine Jones. The day of the 5-1 rout the Galaxy midfield ran riot over New England. This occasion may be different than what occurred on the 16th of July.
The Galaxy midfield on that July 16th day ran all over the New England Revolution. Both sides were reduced to ten men after 36 minutes and with that open space Juninho and Sarvas was easily able to capitalize. Juninho and Sarvas were the goal scorers for the Los Angeles Galaxy in their Western Conference Final against Seattle. The two goals from the midfielders, Marcelo Sarvas' at home in Carson and Juninho's crucial away goal at Seattle were the difference makers against what was arguably the best team in the League.
The New England Revolution have been experiencing a revolution of their own in the middle of the pitch since their humbling defeat in the middle of summer. The Revolution's acquisition of Jermaine Jones on August 24th has bolstered the Revs presence in the middle of the field. Charlie Davies also has been enjoying a fine run of form. Very nostalgic in fact to a time when the American was playing abroad in Sochaux France. The Revolution number nine netted a brace against the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference final.
The midfield battle on Sunday will certainly be between Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen of the Revs against Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho of the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy will also have their preferred left back AJ delaGarza returning from injury for Sunday's final.
Landon Donovan will more than likely be the center of attention since he will be playing his final 90 minutes in front of the home crowd. The Galaxy faithful were very supportive of their number 10 after his omission from the USMNT. The Galaxy supporters will be filling the Stub Hub Center for what will be the MLS Cup Final and Landon Donovan's final 90 minutes in Major League Soccer.