Galaxy seek record fifth MLS title in Donovan's send-off

Fri Dec 5, 2014 10:26am EST
 
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By Simon Evans

CARSON, California (Reuters) - The LA Galaxy hope to give Landon Donovan a fairytale finish to a storied career when they shoot for a record fifth MLS title in Sunday's championship game versus the New England Revolution.

The league's all-time top scorer announced in August that will retire at the end of this season, putting added focus on the playoffs with each tie potentially his last.

The Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders to reach their ninth MLS Cup and their better regular season record means they will host the final in what is sure to be an emotional day for the 32-year-old Donovan.

But Galaxy's Irish international forward Robbie Keane, named the league's most valuable player this week, believes there is no risk of distraction.

"If anyone deserves to go out on a high, it's certainly Landon because of all that he's done for this league and the U.S. national team, but it's not going into our thinking," said the former Tottenham striker.

"(His retirement) is something that has been going on for years and it hasn't affected us since ... I just hope that since it's his last game that he'll put forth his best performance and do as well as he can."

The Galaxy and DC United have both won four titles while the Revolution have lost each of their four previous trips to the championship game, including losses to LA in 2002 and 2005.

Donovan and Keane were both on target in a 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo in the championship game in 2012 while the former grabbed the winner in the 2011 final versus Houston.   Continued...

 
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan  (10) reacts after scoring his third goal for a hat trick against the Real Salt Lake during the second half at StubHub Center. Nov 9, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports