After a long regular-season and a wild few weeks of playoffs, only the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo remain. The two will face off for the MLS Cup on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m.
The championship match will be played at L.A.’s home stadium, The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and televised on ESPN.
The Galaxy earned the berth with a 3-1 home win against Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final. Landon Donovan, Mike Magee and Robbie Keane netted the goals. Omar Gonzalez set up the first by earning a penalty kick, David Beckham set up the second with a pristine cross and the Irishman gets nearly all the credit for the third.
L.A. has won 27 games this year in regulation (MLS regular season, playoffs, U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League) tying the 2011 Sounders for the most in one season. Having already won the Supporters’ Shield and their CCL group, it’s shaping up to be a special finish for coach Bruce Arena‘s squad.
Houston will be a heavy underdog in the championship after beating Sporting Kansas City 2-0 on the road in the Eastern Conference final. The Dynamo, which finished tied for the sixth-best record in the regular season, has advanced to three MLS Cups in the past six years, including back-to-back championships in 2006-07.
Andre Hainault and Carlos Costly recorded the goals for Houston, which also clinched a 2011-12 CCL berth with the result. There was a big loss in the victory, however, as midfielder Brad Davis suffered a torn quad that will keep him out of the final.
What do you think of the matchup? Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win?