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Summary

  1. US record scorer Landon Donovan retires on winning note
  2. Robbie Keane scores extra-time winner
  3. Galaxy clinch record fifth MLS title
  4. Revolution have lost all five final appearances

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye is the hardest word...

Landon Donovan
Reuters

Nobody likes saying goodbye. Sometimes it's even hard to wave farewell at the end of a text commentary. But we have to.

So imagine how Landon Donovan feels. He is waving goodbye to playing professional football forever after a stellar career for club and country.

Happy retirement!

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Well, it had to be a LA Galaxy win. Didn't it? Robbie Keane's extra-time winner means...

  • Galaxy are the first team to win FIVE Major League Soccer Cups
  • Landon Donovan is the first player to win SIX Major League Soccer Cups
  • And poor old New England Revolution, despite a plucky performance, lost their fifth MLS final
Landon Donovan
Reuters

Retiring US record goalscorer Landon Donovan on his future plans: "This is just the end of the playing part of my career. I will still be around."

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Robbie Keane quickly passes on the silverware to Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan, who receives a roar almost as loud as the one which greeted the Irishman.

Great scenes as the Galaxy players enjoy the special moment with their families on the quickly-erected stage in the middle of the StubHub Center pitch

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

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MLS commissioner Don Garber hands over the MLS Cup trophy to Galaxy skipper Robbie Keane, who hoists the silverware high above his head to huge whoops of delight from his team-mates and home fans.

Cue fireworks and the obligatory spin of Queen's 'We Are The Champions'.

PLAYER REACTION

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LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who retires after winning a record sixth individual MLS Cup: "Yes, I got the fairytale ending I wanted - we all did.

"A lot of credit to New England. In a lot of ways they played better than we did - they were terrific."

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Come on Robbie, crack a smile. Poker-faced stuff from Robbie Keane in his post-match interview. Clearly a third MLS Cup in four years doesn't compare to the 2008 League Cup success with Tottenham...

PLAYER REACTION

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Robbie Keane
Reuters

Winning goalscorer Robbie Keane: "It was a tough game. A lot of nerves there from both teams. We didn't play as well as we can, but it doesn't matter - we won. We are the champions again."

LA GALAXY WIN 2014 MLS FINAL

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

A grinning Donovan is mobbed by his team-mates and Galaxy's backroom staff as a fan flings a scarf around his neck. Plenty of glum expressions etched over the Revolution players, who slump to the turf.

LA GALAXY WIN 2014 MLS FINAL

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Ecstasy for LA Galaxy! Their bench tears on to the pitch to congratulate the 11 men still on the field. Most bolt towards the retiring Landon Donovan who punches the Californian air in delight before dropping to his haunches.

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

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FULL-TIME - LA GALAXY WIN THE 2014 MLS!

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Bobby Shuttleworth cannot get anywhere near the delivery, and neither can a team-mate. The Revolution keeper knocks another long ball into the mixer but the referee spots an offence and awards free-kick to Galaxy.

And that should be that...

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Revolution win a corner. Keeper Bobby Shuttleworth legs it forward...

INJURY TIME

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Three minutes of stoppage time....

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Revolution pump a couple of long balls into the box before Galaxy clear their lines.

Hold the ball Landon! Nope, Donovan elects to spray a Hollywood ball from right to left to Robbie Keane. Not the time for that...

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Goalscorer hero Robbie Keane has half a chance to bury Revolution. But he can't hit the target from a tight angle. One last chance for Revolution perhaps?

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Plenty of nail-biting from the anxious Galaxy fans. Two minutes to go until they will clinch that record fifth MLS title...

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Frantic finale now. US midfielder Jermaine Jones is spraying long balls forward for the Revolution. One drops to right-back Andrew Farrell but he has a rush of blood to the head, wildly slashing wide from a tight angle.

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Substitute Patrick Mullins looks the man most likely to haul Revolution level again. He pulls off to the left, receiving a pass and shooting low at the near post. Comfortable for Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo.

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

Revolution clawed their way back into this match through Chris Tierney. But Tierney is the culprit for the Galaxy goal, straying yards behind the rest of his team-mates to play Keane onside.

Can Revolution pull something else special out of the bag?

GOAL

LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution - Robbie Keane

He's hardly been involved. He's missed chances when he has. But this is why Robbie Keane is the MLS's MVP!

The Revolution defence goes walkabout and the Galaxy forward is presenting with a clear run at goal. And Keane makes no mistake - calmly stroking past the Revolution keeper.

Cue that all-so-familiar cartwheel and gun-firing goal celebration!

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

A whoop of delight (or is that hope?) goes up from the Galaxy crowd as their hero Donovan stands over the set-piece. But the US record goalscorer cannot dip the ball over the wall and back down on target.

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

Galaxy long-throw expert Dan Gargan causes all sorts of bother in the Revolution defence, away keeper Bobby Shuttleworth flapping badly at his bomb into the box. His defence bail him out before conceding a free-kick on the edge of the area. This is Landon Donovan territory...

KICK-OFF

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Here it is - the final 15 minutes of play in the 2014 MLS season. Back underway in the second half of extra-time...

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

One last huddle for Revolution's players. One last tie of his bootlaces for Galaxy's retiring hero Landon Donovan.

Fifteen minutes for someone to find a winner. Otherwise it is *gulp* the dreaded penalty shootout.

HALF-TIME OF EXTRA-TIME

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Nope, that final minute passes rather uneventfully.

Plenty of nerves. Plenty of tension. This cliff-hanger of a MLS finale is teetering on the edge.

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One minute of added time. Can't see either side making a breakthrough in the final few seconds.

GREAT SAVE!

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Revolution substitute Patrick Mullins has proved a handful since coming on - and he almost puts the underdogs ahead. Mullins uses his pace to get behind the Galaxy defence, then sweetly smacks an angled shot goalwards. But Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo quickly drops low to his right to push clear.

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

Woo hoo! We have a shot. Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones is our saviour, driving forward before skewing an 18-yard shot past the left-hand post.

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

Not one attempt on goal in this tedious opening period of extra-time. Looking like a survival of the fittest.

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

Galaxy coach Bruce Arena decides to make a change, perhaps enforced by injury, as midfielder Juninho (not to be confused with the Brazilian who played for Middlesbrough or the Brazilian who played for Lyon) goes off.

He is replaced by Baggio Husidic (not to be confused with Roberto or Dino...).

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

Galaxy enjoy most of the early possession in extra-time, but are unable to make an incisive pass through the Revolution defence.

YELLOW CARD

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

Robbie Keane may well be the 'Most Valuable Player' in the MLS - but he isn't playing like it. It has not been the Irishman's day. And it gets worse as hauls down Jermaine Jones to pick up a yellow card.

EXTRA-TIME BEGINS

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

So we had plenty of second-half drama. Are we going to see more of the same in the next 15 minutes?

One positive for Galaxy's Landon Donovan is that his career has just been extended by 30 minutes...

FULL-TIME

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Let's recap for those at the back.

Galaxy
Reuters

Galaxy, bidding for a record fifth MLS Cup, took the lead through Gyasi Zardes and threatened to further add to their tally through Zardes and Robbie Keane.

New England Revolution player Chris Tierney (right) celebrates with teammate Patrick Mullins
Reuters

But Revolution hit back when Chris Tierney netted a late equaliser. And they could have nicked a winner but Teal Bunbury saw his chip come back off the Galaxy crossbar.

FULL-TIME

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All over! At least in normal time. Thirty minutes of extra-time on the way...

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

Groans from the Galaxy fans as they claim Robbie Keane is fouled in the penalty box. Not in my book. But they aren't happy - as illustrated by the sound of an unrepeatable chant coming from the home stands.

LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

Galaxy win a free kick in the Revolution half. But it is over-hit and Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth gathers.

SUBSTITUTION

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A familiar face for the St Mirren and Crystal Palace fans among you. Welsh midfielder Andy Dorman trots on for Revolution.