So now we are down to two--and at least Real Salt Lake isn't anywhere near this MLS Cup Final like they were in 2013. The impressive New England Revolution take on the LA Galaxy for all the marbles. It ain't Super Bowl Sunday as far as hype, but hopefully soon it'll get a ripple on the evening news. In the meantime, you'll have to rely on sites like this--so, we're glad you're here.
If you watched Leg 2 of the New York Red Bulls v. New England Revolution match to determine the Eastern Conference champion, you were treated to a fantastic match. Both teams deserved to represent the East next week. Even with Bradley Wright-Phillips out (a significant absence due to his suspension for a second yellow card), Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and company gave them a run. New England survives.
They meet the Galaxy, who, despite of number of missed opportunities early, did just enough to win on away goals in the 2-2 aggregate against the Seattle Sounders. This will appropriate Landon Donovan swan song as a storyline for the news sites, but it was the Galaxy defense that stood tall in denying the Sounders an opportunity at an unprecedented Triple (yes, I say, Triple because I'm an American!).
This final will serve MLS well. With Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen, Charlie Davies, Donovan, Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez) garners enough star power to make this MLS Cup compelling even for average, lukewarm fans). Next year, MLS looks to expand the playoffs. While most poo-poo the idea, no one can argue that more soccer is a good thing--just ask Major League Baseball with their wild-card playoffs and their play-in games.
So, who you got? I'll take the Revs 3-2 in a downer for Donovan and Company. Am I spot on? Am I out of my mind? Leave a comment or send me a tweet!
That's all From the South Stands. Go Rapids!