L.A. beats Houston 1-0 at Home Depot Center
By Jon D. Gaede, BVN Sports –
Carson - The Los Angeles Galaxy validated their fine season by beating the Houston Dynamo 1-0 and winning the MLS Cup. As the whistle sounded, one last Donavan-Beckham embrace, the Hollywood ending is preserved.
On a rain soaked pitch, the clubs sloshed through the grass, under a steady November drizzle. Slugging it out through midfield battles, the Galaxy struggled to put something together in the first half.
Steady Galaxy keeper Josh Saunders, who stepped in for the injured Donovan Rickettes, repelled Houston attacks and showcased the form that produced 19 regular season wins and 55 saves. The national ESPN audience watched an aggressive counter-attacking Galaxy effort, in the first 45-minutes of play. Set pieces from David Beckham, close finishes from Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane were covered by Houston.
The Dynamo, playing without the injured Brad Davis, had to be pleased with a level game at the half.
The pace and quality of play, picked up in the second. In the 56th minute, David Beckham served Robbie Keane with what appeared to be a perfect ball that Keane buried for an apparent goal. Only to be called offsides by the referee.
Beckham’s midfield vision and flurry of accurate passes would eventually find their way through the Houston defense. In the 72nd minute, Beckham headed a ball to Keane who delivered a perfect pass to a sprinting Landon Donovan who promptly scored past the lunging Houston keeper.
The superstars, Beckham to Keane to Donovan had delivered. With less pressure, the fans began to sense the result. The Galaxy protected the ball and their one goal lead for 20 minutes.
True to form, the Galaxy did not lose a single home match all year. The loyal Houston fans who traveled in cowboy hats, could only detonate their orange smoke bombs in vein, as the Los Angels Galaxy won the match and the MLS Cup, 1-0.
The MVP of the match went to Redlands East Valley’s Landon Donovan who recovered from injury to bring back the cup, after a five-year absence. His goal was the difference.
Embracing near midfield, Landon Donovan and David Beckham may have played their last match together at the Home Depot Center.
“Regardless of this win, we have had a wonderful season of success, but it is so nice to win the cup for our fans,” said a thankful Landon Donovan.
When asked about a contract extension, David Beckham said that he would take a couple of weeks to decide. “We love Southern California,” said Beckham. “The weather, American schools and life experiences for my family, have been wonderful,” he concluded.
Beckham’s five-year contract has come to an end. The grand experiment, the ‘Beckham era’ in Los Angeles, conceived by Tim Leiweke, the dynamic CEO of AEG has been an unprecedented success. The profile of American soccer has been permanently illuminated.
The Los Angeles Galaxy are currently on an Asia-Pacific exhibition tour in the Philippines. They will conclude their tour in Melbourne, Australia on December 6th.
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