So there we go, it's all over. Houston parked the bus, and with the help of some woeful finishing from Adam Cristman, and a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside it almost worked. If Adam Moffat had scored from what was pretty much Houston's only good chance in the second half, they may well have managed to sneak out the win. They didn't, and eventually Landon Donovan scored. Los Angeles galaxy win, all hail David Beckham etc etc, yeah yeah yeah. I'll focus on the one part of it that makes me smile, Chad Barrett, MLS Champion.
James Grossi of Partially Obstructed View is here again with a brief review of the game.
A 72nd minute strike from Landon Donovan – his fourth career goal in the title-match - was all that Los Angeles required to win the MLS Cup over the Houston Dynamo on a rainy Sunday evening at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Houston, shorn of their talismanic playmaker Brad Davis due to injury, could mount very little challenge to Los Angeles’ all-conquering season.
Without the focal point of their attack the Dynamo was lost, their passing was inaccurate, their movement was static and their hustle was non-existent. In truth they were lucky to escape with only the one-goal loss; Robbie Keane’s effort in the 57th minute was wrongly disallowed by the linesman raising his flag, calling the Irishman offside, but replays show he was definitely level with the last defender.
The Supporter’s Shield and now MLS Cup Champion Galaxy completes their perfect, undefeated home season – only the third side to achieve such a feat - with yet another 1-0 win – their favoured score line – earning Bruce Arena his third such trophy, Donovan his fourth, and a first for both Keane and David Beckham.
The Englishman Beckham was at the forefront of the conversation all-night long; the five-year experiment that bears his name having reached its successful conclusion. Results – whether he stay or leaves – are still pending.
A fitting end to the 2011 MLS season, one that saw the Galaxy take an early lead in the standings and never look back, to rightfully win their third MLS Cup on the seventh time of asking. Dominic Kinnear will be disappointed to have lost his first cup final, but will know his team was beaten by the better side on the night.
Los Angeles v Houston – 1-0.