In 2011, the Los Angeles Galaxy were pegged as the favorites to win the MLS Cup Championship. Although the first half was scoreless, the Galaxy quickly picked up the momentum. After Los Angeles had several near misses, Landon Donovan scored the game-winning goal to defeat the Houston Dynamo 1-0. This is the Galaxy's third MLS Cup title and a well-deserved one.
We are the champions!
Despite stormy weather, over 30,000 fans watched the Galaxy battle the Dynamo for the coveted Cup title. However, initially, I wasn't sure if we would be the first to score. In the 12th minute, an unmarked Adam Cristman headed Beckham's corner wide. After Chad Barrett dislocated his foot in practice, Cristman was put into the starting lineup. Unfortunately, he missed several priceless chances to score. In the 27th minute, Beckham put up another perfect cross but Cristman missed the header again. In the 57th minute, the forward was subbed out.
At the end of the first half, Los Angeles had eight shots but none were on frame. Although David Beckham had five corners, no one was able to nod the ball in. Before the half, Houston had one shot on goal and three overall.
Right after the break, Keane got a golden opportunity when the ball bounced behind the Dynamo defense. However, he couldn't get a solid foot on it and the shot went wide.
Less than ten minutes later, Beckham gave Keane a through ball and the Galaxy forward tapped it past Tally Hall. Although the Irish striker looked even with the defense, the goal was disallowed due to offside. It's disappointing to watch a replay and see a legitimate goal called back.
Then, it happened.
In the 72nd minute, Beckham headed the ball onto Keane who fed it to Donovan. The Galaxy captain made no mistake of flicking it into the corner. It was a beautiful goal made possible by three of the Galaxy's best offensive players.
While I hope Beckham continues to play with MLS, this was a great way for him to end his five-year-contract with the Galaxy. As for Donovan, his perfect run and goal made him a shoo-in for the MLS Cup MVP. However, accolades should also be given to Keane who had some of the best passes and maneuvers of the night.
Houston had a great postseason run but the Galaxy proved to be the best team in the league.
What a way to end a season!
Melissa Matters is a long time Los Angeles resident and devoted Los Angeles Galaxy fan.
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