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MLS Cup Final 2012: The WTR Game Thread

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Two will enter the ring, but only one can be... The champion of MLS, of course. Join us here for WTR's world famous game thread as MLS crowns (or re-crowns) a champion.

Here's what it's all about.
Here's what it's all about.
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LA GALAXY vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
MLS CUP 2012 FINAL
Saturday, December 1st 2012, 4:30pm ET (1:30pm PT)
Home Depot Centre, Carson, California

TV: ESPN, Telefutura, TSN, RDS
Referee:
Silviu Petrescu (2012: 26.6 fouls/gm, 3.1 YC/gm, 1 RC, 1 PK)
Weather: Few Showers, 18°C, Wind S 10km/hr

Listen all you people, come gather 'round.
I gotta get me a game plan, gotta shake you to the ground.
Just give me what I know is mine,
People do you hear me, just give me the sign!
It ain't much I'm asking, if you want the truth.
Here's to the future for the dreams of youth...

- "I Want It All", Queen

There can be only one -- and after tonight, there will only be one. Champion, that is, of MLS.

Yes, this is David Beckham's final game in MLS, and the LA Galaxy will be looking to send him on his merry way with a second straight league title. They weren't expected to get this far, let alone sit on the edge of glory -- of being the third team to repeat as MLS champions. They've claimed a few scalps along the way to get here, laying waste to Vancouver, San Jose and Seattle in the process.

Their opponents, the Houston Dynamo, are looking to avenge last year's final. They don't give a damn that it's Beckham's last game: they want to avenge last year's 1-0 loss. Even in their old guise as the original Earthquakes, they have been like the Metal -- and as Jack Black might say, you can't kill the Metal: they have defied all the odds this season. They've come all the way from the Eastern Conference fifth seed, pushing aside Chicago, Kansas City and DC in the process.

But now here they stand. Two combatants, old foes once again on the same field. Refereed by a Canadian for the first time. Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Juninho on one side, Will Bruin, Brad Davis and Andre Hainault on another. Josh Saunders vs. Tally Hall in the goals, while Boniek Garcia will likely be watched by A.J. DeLaGarza (who will be returning from injury). It could be an epic for the ages, or another arm wrestle like last time -- which one will it be? You'll have to see.

Join your favourite WTR writers here pre- and in-match for banter, news and all the game thread goodness you've come to expect from us. Let's ride this season out, together!