Final, 2-1 Galaxy: It’s all over at the StubHub Center. The Los Angeles Galaxy are the 2014 MLS Champions after defeating the New England Revolution in extra time.
The Revolution battled until the final whistle, but Keane’s 111th-minute goal was the difference, as the Galaxy won U.S. soccer’s biggest prize at their home stadium.
The Galaxy now have won a record fifth MLS Cup.
The Galaxy win completes Donovan’s Hollywood ending.Â Donovan goes out a champion and will retire with the most winners’ medals in MLS history and as the most important player in U.S. soccer history.
Keane is named the most valuable player in MLS Cup 2014. The Irishman scored the game-winning goal and was dangerous throughout.
The Galaxy are lifting the lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.
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120th minute +2, 2-1 Galaxy: New England desperately is sending balls into the the Galaxy penalty area, but Penedo and his defenders are clearing everything that comes their way.
120th minute, 2-1 Galaxy: There will be a minimum of three minutes of added time in the second period of extra time.
118th minute, 2-1 Galaxy: Farrell misses the target with a shot from a tight angle.
116th minute, 2-1 Galaxy: Penedo saves Mullins’ shot from inside the Galaxy penalty area.
113th minute, 2-1 Galaxy: Gordon and Jones are cautioned for a heated dispute in the midfield.
111th minute, 2-1 Galaxy: Keane gives L.A. the lead.
Sarvas floated a pass over the top of the Revolution defense. Keane beat the offside trap and confidently finished past Shuttleworth.
109th minute, 1-1: Donovan misses with a free kick from 20 yards out.
108th minute, 1-1: Shuttleworth spills a long throw-in into the goal mouth, but the Galaxy can’t direct a shot on goal.
106th minute, 1-1: The second period of extra time is underway.
Halftime of Extra Time, 1-1: The first half of extra time is over. The score’s still tied.
105th minute, 1-1: There will be a minimum of one minute of added time in the first period of extra time.
103rd minute, 1-1: The lively Mullins hits a hard shot on goal from a tight angle, but Penedo does well to get low and save it away.
100th minute, 1-1: Jones shoots from the edge of the Galaxy’s penalty area but misses the top corner by a few feet.
97th minute, 1-1: Hasidic replaces Juninho in the Galaxy’s final substitution.
96th minute, 1-1: Juninho is down with an apparent groin injury.
92nd minute, 1-1: Keane is cautioned for tactical foul on Jones.
91st minute, 1-1: The first period of extra time is underway.
The Galaxy made two substitutions during the break, replacing Rogers and Ishizaki with Gargan and Gordon, respectively.
End of 90 minute, 1-1: MLS Cup 2014 heads to extra time, as neither the Revolution nor the Galaxy emerged as the winner over 90 minutes.
There will be two, 15-minute periods of extra time. If the scores still are tied at the end, the winner will be decided by penalty kicks.
90th minute, 1-1: There will be a minimum of four minutes of added time in the second half.
90th minute, 1-1: Dorman is replacing Nguyen, as New England makes its final substitution.
85th minute, 1-1: Bunbury hits the crossbar with a lofted shot over Penedo.
The Revolution have seized the initiative following Tierney’s goal.
82nd minute, 1-1: Rogers is cautioned for a foul on Bunbury.
81st minute, 1-1: Ishizaki shoots from the edge of New England’s penalty area. Shuttleworth saves it but spills the rebound. A quick-thinking Goncalves clears it before Donovan can react.
78th minute, 1-1: Tierney scores, and the Revolution have tied the game.
It came from a direct pass to Mullins. The substitute held up the ball well before cutting a pass back to a streaking Tierney, who slotted his shot under the on-rushing Penedo.
75th minute, 1-0 Galaxy: Donovan slips a pass to Keane, who would have been clear on goal if he wasn’t ruled offside. Keane is furious with the official’s decision.
72nd minute, 1-0 Galaxy: New England makes another change, as Mullins replaces Davies in the Revolution attack.
Davies was the leading goal-scorer in the playoffs but made little impact in MLS Cup.
70th minute, 1-0 Galaxy: Rowe curls a shot narrowly wide of Penedo’s goal.
70th minute, 1-0 Galaxy: Keane beats Goncalves on the dribble with Donovan trailing but decides to do it all himself. Shuttleworth saves Keane’s shot, while Donovan questions why the MLS MVP didn’t pass him the ball.
69th minute, 1-0 Galaxy: Donovan shoots from the top of the Revolution penalty area, but his tame effort rolls into Shuttleworth’s arms.
67th minute, 1-0 Galaxy: With just over 20 minutes left in normal time, the Revolution will have to start stretching the field. History suggests this game might take another twist.
62nd minute, 1-0 Galaxy: Farrell is cautioned for pulling downÂ Zardes as he tried to spark a Galaxy counter-attack.
58th minute, 1-0 Galaxy: Kobayashi enters, and Caldwell exits, as New England makes its first substitution.
The Galaxy have increased the tempo of their play and the pressure on the Revolution since Zardes scored.
52nd minute, 1-0 Galaxy: Zardes puts the Galaxy in front.
Ishizaki’s deflected cross fell to Zardes at the far post. The Galaxy striker held off Farrell and shot past Shuttleworth from close range.
It’s Zardes’ first goal in the playoffs.
51st minute, 0-0: Rowe wins the ball in the Galaxy third and lays a pass to Nguyen, but the Galaxy defense collapses on him and eliminates the threat.
49th minute, 0-0: Jones crunches Donovan with a tackle, but the referee declines to caution the Revolution midfielder.
46th minute, 0-0: Ishizaki tries a shot from 25 yards out, but it goes high.
46th minute, 0-0: The second half is underway at the StubHub Center.
Halfime, 0-0: That’s the end of the first half. It’s goal-less at the StubHub Center.
The first period was nervy and largely uneventful as the teams failed to demonstrate the quality that has taken them to this point. The GalaxyÂ enjoyed the advantage in territory, but the Revolution out-possessed the hosts. Both teams failed to translate their good moments into many clear-cut scoring chances.
The story would have beenÂ different had Rogers scored early on. The Revolution defense showed some confusion early on but tightened up as the half wore on. Heaps might want the Revolution to be a little rougher in the second half.
The game should speed up and open up in the second half, as the players become more comfortable performing on the biggest stage U.S. soccer has to offer.
45th minute +1, 0-0: Donovan is cautioned for a robust aerial challenge on Soares.
45th minute, 0-0: There will be a minimum of one minute of added time in the first half.
42nd minute, 0-0:Â Rowe sends a corner kick toward the Galaxy goal, but Sarvas heads it away at the near post.
39th minute, 0-0: Donovan slots a pass forward to Zardes, who shoots from 18 yards out but misses the target.
38th minute, 0-0: Caution, tension and nervousness are reigning at the StubHub Center, as the teams are struggling to play with any rhythm. Instead, they’re conceding possession with misplaced passes, aimless clearances, heavy touches and other bits of sloppiness.
33rd minute, 0-0: Keane curls a shot toward the top corner of Shuttleworth’s goal but misses by a few feet.
31st minute, 0-0: The opening half-hour has failed to produce a goal or many scoring chances. L.A. has had the better of play but hasn’t capitalized on New England’s apparent defensive vulnerabilities.
25th minute, 0-0: Zardes’ first-time, left-footed shot from 15 yards out misses the target.
23rd minute, 0-0: Davies nearly breaks away on goal, but DeLaGarza is step-for-step with the Revolution forward and breaks up the play with a fine tackle.
21st minute, 0-0: Keane fires on goal from 15 yards out, but it’s right at Shuttleworth, who stops it cold.
19th minute, 0-0: The Galaxy are starting to assert themselves and push the game into the Revolution third of the field. Revolution defenders are sitting deep and preventing L.A. from creating clear scoring chances, but the hosts look threatening as the first half heads toward the midway point.
13th minute, 0-0: Davies tries to dribble into the Galaxy penalty area after receiving a pass from Rowe, but Sarvas intervenes with a well-timed, last-ditch tackle.
Davies accidentally kneed Sarvas in the head, but the Galaxy midfielder will continue after shaking off the blow.
Eighth minute, 0-0: Jones rolls a shot on goal from 25 yards out, but it doesn’t trouble Penedo, who saves it easily.
Seventh minute, 0-0: The Revolution have taken some time to settle into the game but they finallyÂ are starting to string passes together and possess the ball in the Galaxy half.
Second minute, 0-0: Rogers nearly scores an instant opener, but CaldwellÂ clears his shot off the goal line.
Donovan’s deft through-ball created the opening for Rogers.
Kickoff: MLS Cup 2014 is underway at the StubHub Center.
Pregame: Here’s what’s on the line:
The teams taking the field at the StubHub Center are a study in contrasts in terms of experience in MLS Cup finals.
Tierney starts at his normal left-back position. Revolution head coach Jay Heaps deployedÂ Tierney as a left midfielderÂ in the second leg draw against the Red Bulls. Tierney assisted both Charlie Davies goals last weekend, but defending will be his first priority against the Galaxy.
Rowe returns to New England’s starting 11.
DeLaGarza starts in central defense for L.A. after sitting out the second leg loss to the Seattle Sounders with a hamstring injury.
3 p.m.: Here are the lineups:
New England Revolution
Bobby Shuttleworth (22), goalkeeper
Chris Tierney (8), left back
A.J. Soares (5), center back
Jose Goncalves (23), center back
Andrew Farrell (2), right back
Scott Caldwell (6), midfielder
Jermaine Jones (13), midfielder
Lee Nguyen (24), midfielder
Teal Bunbury (10), forward
Kelyn Rowe (11), forward
Charlie Davies (9), striker
Brad Knighton (18), goalkeeper
Darrius Barnes (25), defender
Kevin Alston (30), defender
Andy Dorman (12), midfielder
Daigo Kobayasho (16), midfielder
Diego Fagundez (14), forward
Patrick Mullins (7), striker
Los Angeles Galaxy
Jaime Penedo (18), goalkeeper
Robbie Rogers (14), left back
Omar Gonzalez (4), center back
A.J. DeLaGarza (20), center back
Juninho (19), right back
Stefan Ishizaki (24), midfielder
Juninho (19), midfielder
Marcelo Sarvas (8), midfielder
Landon Donovan (10), forward
Robbie Keane (7), forward
Gyasi Zardes (11), striker
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Brian Rowe (12), goalkeeper
Tommy Meyer (21), defender
Todd Dunivant (2), defender
Dan Gargan (33), defender
Kenney Walker (34), midfielder
Baggio Husidic (6), midfielder
Alan Gordon (9), striker
2 p.m. ET: Having come to the end of the rainbow, the New England Revolution are reaching for that pot of gold.
The Revolution play the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday in MLS Cup 2014. The teams face off at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., in a one-game final for the right to call themselves champions in U.S. soccer’s top flight.
The Galaxy are a modern-day dynasty in MLS. They’re playing in their fourth MLS Cup final in the last six years and they’ll celebrate their third MLS title since 2011 (and record fifth in their 19-year history) should they triumph over the Revolution.
New England’s epic, late-season hot streak has taken it to its first MLS Cup final since 2007. The Revolution have suffered defeats in four previous MLS Cups (including 1-0 losses to the Galaxy in 2002 and 2005) and are keen to become MLS champions for the first time in their 19-year history.
L.A. is hosting the big game because it amassed more points than the Revolution in the regular season. The Galaxy went 14-1-4 at home in 2014 and haven’t lost at the StubHub center since March 8.
MLS Cup 2014 kicks off at 3:25 p.m. Join us right here for all the action from the StubHub center.