LA Galaxy beat Revolution for record fifth MLS title

Sun Dec 7, 2014 9:17pm EST
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By Simon Evans

CARSON, California (Reuters) - Irish striker Robbie Keane grabbed an extra-time winner as LA Galaxy won a record fifth Major League Soccer title with a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution in Sunday’s championship-deciding MLS Cup.

Keane, voted the league's Most Valuable Player, gave the Galaxy the victory after New England’s Chris Tierney had canceled out Gyasi Zardes’ 52nd minute opener for LA.

With the loss, the Revolution's miserable record in title games continued as they were condemned to a fifth defeat in their fifth MLS Cup appearance.

LA have won three of the last four league titles but their latest was far from a classic display.

"We weren't that good on the day to push us into overtime and make us have to suffer a little bit more was probably appropriate because we weren't as good as we needed to be," said Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

"(But) this is the best place I have ever been in my life....this year for me has personally been so rewarding. They are just a great group of guys and I am so happy for them".

The game marked MLS and U.S. national team all-time top scorer Landon Donovan’s final game before his retirement and he ended the game embracing Galaxy fans.

"There's no experience like just what happened," Donovan said.   Continued...

Los Angeles Galaxy players from left Juninho , Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane celebrate with the MLS Cup championship trophy after the 2014 MLS Cup final against the New England Revolution at Stubhub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports