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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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  1. Goodbye is the hardest word...

    Landon Donovan

    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!

  2. Post update

    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
  3. Post update

    Landon Donovan

    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."

  4. Post update

    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

  5. CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

    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'.

  6. PLAYER REACTION

    LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

    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."

  7. Post update

    LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

    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...

  8. PLAYER REACTION

    LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

    Robbie Keane

    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."

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

    FULL-TIME - LA GALAXY WIN THE 2014 MLS!

  12. Post update

    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...

  13. Post update

    LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

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

  14. INJURY TIME

    LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

    Three minutes of stoppage time....

  15. Post update

    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...

  16. Post update

    LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution

    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?

  17. Post update

    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...

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

    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?

  21. 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!

  22. Post update

    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.

  23. Post update

    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...

  24. KICK-OFF

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

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

  25. Post update

    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.

  26. HALF-TIME OF EXTRA-TIME

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

    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.

  27. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

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

  28. GREAT SAVE!

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

    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.

  29. Post update

    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.

  30. Post update

    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.

  31. Post update

    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...).

  32. Post update

    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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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...

  35. FULL-TIME

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

    Let's recap for those at the back.

    Galaxy

    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

    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.

  36. FULL-TIME

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

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

  37. Post update

    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.

  38. Post update

    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.

  39. SUBSTITUTION

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

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

  40. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

    But any momentum is lost as Revolution midfielder Teal Bunbury lashes out at Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers near the corner flag.

    Four minutes of stoppage time for someone to become a hero...

  41. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

    Revolution dominating possession now. Galaxy look out on their feet....

  42. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

    Landon Donovan tries to wriggle clear on the right, briefly giving the home crowd hope of a late twist. But he is easily dealt with by Revolution hero Chris Tierney.

  43. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

    Virtual silence in the StubHub Center now. The home Galaxy fans can't scarcely believe Revolution have equalised.

  44. Stat attack

    OptaJack: Revolution have won five games after trailing in MLS 2014 thus far, only Seattle won more (6).

    Galaxy fans - you have been warned.

  45. HITS THE WOODWORK

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

    Neat Revolution hog possession as they probe for an opening. Then, it arrives out of nothing. Teal Bunbury is unmarked on the far side of the box, digging out a lob wedge of a chip over a stranded Jaime Penedo. But to Galaxy's relief it bounces back off the crossbar!

  46. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

    Revolution press again. The visitors win a free-kick in a promising position on the right, swung in towards Joss Goncalves at the back stick. But the Portuguese defender's shot lacks the power to trouble Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo.

  47. TEN TO GO

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution

    Landon Donovan

    Ten minutes for another twist. Anyone betting against Landon Donovan nabbing a late winner?

  48. GOAL

    LA Galaxy 1-1 New England Revolution - Chris Tierney

    You wanted late drama. You've got late drama! Chris Tierney - Revolution's longest-serving player - pops up in the Galaxy box to steer in from close range. Substitute Patrick Mullins, who came on moments earlier, provided the killer pass.

  49. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution

    MLS

    Fifteen minutes for Galaxy to hang on to their lead from Gyasi Zardes's goal. Fifteen minutes for Revolution to salvage something.

  50. Stat attack

    OptaJack: Five of the last seven MLS goals that LA have conceded have been in the 69th minute or later. Revolution have scored a goal in the 70th minute or later in each of their four playoff games thus far in MLS 2014.

    Do. Not. Move. Late drama ahead - surely?!

  51. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution

    And then seconds later, Robbie Keane and Galaxy are almost punished. Revolution man Kelyn Rowe finds a yard of space on the periphery of the Galaxy box, curling a effort agonisingly wide of the goal.

  52. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution

    Here is Landon Donovan's chance to crown his career with a decisive MLS Cup goal. The Galaxy forward waits for team-mate Robbie Keane to square the ball for what would seem to be a certain goal - but the Irishman decides to go solo. That allows Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth to block with his feet. Donovan goes loco.

  53. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution

    Landon Donovan may be well on his way to a winning end, but it is not quite been the fairytale he would have envisaged in his dreams last night.

    The 32-year-old US record goalscorer has been pretty anonymous, but then appears to drill a tame shot straight at Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

  54. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution

    Richard Padula

    BBC World Service Sport at the StubHub Center

    "I think the security guard beside me is the only person here who wasn't aware that Landon Donovan is retiring. It may be Donovan's last game, but Robbie Keane was a bit spiky when one journalist asked him about his own retirement. Clearly something the Irishman doesn't want to think about now."

  55. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution

    Another chance for Galaxy, another chance for Gyasi Zardes. The man in on fire. But the Revolution defence regroup to charge down his shot from 15 yards.

  56. YELLOW CARD

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution

    It has been a tough second half for the Revolution defence - not least for Andrew Farrell who has been led a merry dance by Galaxy goalscorer Gyasi Zardes.

    The Revolution right-back is shown a yellow card for cynically stopping Zardes in his tracks.

  57. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution

    Another burst from Gyasi Zardes into the Revolution box creates an opening for Galaxy, although his final ball is not at the same quality as his approach play. Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones nonchalantly clears with a calm backheel.

  58. SUBSTITUTION

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution

    Revolution head coach Jay Heaps is not a man to hang about. Zardes' goal prompts an instant change for the Revolution - Japanese midfielder Daigo Kobayashi replaces Scott Caldwell (who is not related to Steve or Gary).

  59. Post update

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution

    Revolution clinging on for dear life at the moment. Gyasi Zardes is the man of the moment, breaking down the left flank at every opportunity. Revolution manage to clear from their own penalty area.

  60. Stat attack

    OptaJack: It had been eight games since Zardes last scored in MLS.

  61. GOAL

    LA Galaxy 1-0 New England Revolution - Gyasi Zardes

    And that decision could prove pivotal! The MLS Cup final may have turned on Revolution being denied a penalty, because seconds later it is Galaxy who take the lead.

    Gyasi Zardes keeps his cool to fire in from a tight angle. Advantage Galaxy.

  62. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Revolution chance! Revolution penalty?

    Star man Lee Nguyen, who has banged in 18 goals this season, is crowded out in the Galaxy box, before he claims he is taken out in the box by a Galaxy leg. He demands a penalty, but the referee shakes his head.

  63. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones (left) and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes

    How did Jermaine Jones not see yellow for this? The Galaxy fans don't know either. The Revolution midfielder launches into a scissor-style tackle on former US team-mate Landon Donovan, who crashes to the StubHub turf clutching his leg.

  64. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Early chance for Galaxy. No dice.

  65. KICK-OFF

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    MLS

    Forty-five minutes for someone to win this trophy. Or 45 minutes plus 30 minutes of extra-time. Or 45 minutes, plus 30 minutes of extra-time, plus a penalty shoot-out.

    LA Galaxy restart proceedings.

  66. Post update

    New England Revolution fans

    MLS: Revolution that's our name. Nineteen years we're still the same #STAND #MLSCup

  67. Post update

    MLS

    MLS commissioner Don Garber: Impressive turnout from Revolution supporters. More than 1,000 Revs fans made the trip to Los Angeles.

  68. Commissioner Garber on MLS' future

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    MLS commissioner Don Garber talking to ESPN: "When you think about where soccer is today, it was driven by Landon Donovan coming into our league in 2001. It has helped raise the consciousness of our sport. But there are always players who leave and are replaced by great players. Our league will continue to grow and increase in elite development.

    "I don't think we are fully grown out. We are still going through a growth phase. We went through a vigorous process with our expansion committee. There is still a lot of interest from cities. By 2020 we will be 24 teams if not before that."

  69. HALF-TIME

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Revolution head coach Jay Heaps on his side's first-half performance: "We are close, we're finding some space in midfield which was our game plan. But we have got to be more aggressive."

  70. Lies, damned lies and statistics

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    MLS Cup final
  71. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    New England Revolution defender Jose Goncalves is fouled by Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas

    The game's clearest opportunity came in the opening seconds as Galaxy left-back Robbie Rogers saw his scuffed effort hacked off the Revolution line.

    Robbie Keane also wasted a couple of chances for the home side, while Revolution went closest through Kelyn Rowe's corner which was headed off the line.

  72. HALF-TIME

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    And Donovan's booking is the last action of a tepid first half. In fact, that foul will probably make it on to the half-time highlights package. No, really.

  73. YELLOW CARD

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    This wasn't in the script. Landon Donovan is the first name in the referee's notepad for a clumsy tackle. He blames the sun. The crowd blame to referee. No-one's happy.

  74. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Landon Donovan is back in the thick of the action, popping up on the left flank before whipping a teasing cross which is headed clear by a dark blue Revolution shirt.

    One minute of stoppage time for someone to take a lead into the break.

  75. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Richard Padula

    BBC World Service Sport at the StubHub Center

    "The best dressed man award must go to the former Ipswich and Arsenal player Paul Mariner. Now working as a commentator in the USA, and decked out in a gorgeous pin striped suit. As he told me: 'It's the Cup final!'"

  76. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Revolution bounce back on the attack, forcing their first corner of the match. Kelyn Rowe's set-piece is fizzed in from the left, with the Galaxy defender clutching on to the near post needed to head clear.

  77. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    We've not seen much of Landon Donovan in his supposed-to-be-glorious swansong. But then USA's record goalscorer picks up the ball just inside the Revolution half, beats a would-be tackler and sprays a ball into the right channel for Gyasi Zardes.

    The Galaxy forward lashes a shot at goal with an angled drive, but it flashes past Bobby Shuttleworth's left-hand post.

  78. Get involved

    #bbcfootball

    Aidan Mifsud: Re 20:12, delayed kick off. I watch MLS in Toronto and it drives me crazy how kick off is not at advertised kick off time.

  79. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Two more decent sightings at goal for Galaxy skipper Robbie Keane in the space of a few seconds.

    First, Gyasi Zardes picks out his team-mate on the edge of the box, only for Keane to blast over. And then the Irishman takes too long to cross from the right which allows the Revolution defence to block.

  80. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    So far Revolution will be happy with another solid away performance. Delicately poised at the half-hour stage.

  81. Stat attack

    Opta Jack: Revolution have won both of their away playoff games in MLS 2014, prior to that they had won just one of ten (3D 6L).

  82. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Richard Padula

    BBC World Service Sport at the StubHub Center

    "With all the focus on Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane perhaps Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes could grab the headlines. The 23-year-old with the eye-catching Mohican is widely regarded as one of the best US prospects in the league. Earlier this week the former USA assistant coach Alfonso Mondelo was telling me how impressed he was."

  83. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    The game opens up as Revolution take their turn to threaten. Striker Charlie Davies looks to latch on to a through ball, but Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza comes across to cover with a sliding block.

    Davies is a player whose career has tugged on the heartstrings of MLS fans. He was involved in an awful car crash in 2009 which killed a passenger and left him wondering if he would ever walk again. But he has been in great form this year and scored twice in the 2-2 Eastern Conference play-off draw with New York last weekend.

    Can he cap his personal fairytale with a MLS Cup winner?

  84. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Sighter of goal for Robbie Keane. The Irishman picks up the ball about 25 yards out from goal as the Revolution players back off at an alarming rate.

    Keane unleashes a fierce shot which smacks the legs of Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth. That's a stinger. But more importantly it keeps the score goalless.

  85. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Finally signs of life from the Galaxy. I promised myself I wouldn't make that gag. Oh well.

    Robbie Keane's pullback from the left is just behind a team-mate, before the home side force a flurry of corners. But the Revolution defence are organised and deal with Galaxy's threat from set-pieces.

  86. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen (right) battles for the ball with Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas

    Galaxy fans find their voice as they crank up the noise inside the StubHub Center. That comes as Revolution continue to crank up the pressure. Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo races off his line to beat Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen to a loose ball.

  87. Post update

    Fans at the StubHub Center

    MLS: Play for glory & make history. #FirstToFive #MLSCup

    The message from the LA Galaxy fans is clear as their heroes aim to become the first MLS side to win five titles.

  88. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    As expected Jermaine Jones, who you may remember scored a wonder strike for the US against Portugal in the World Cup, is pulling all the strings for Revolution.

    But they are yet to carve open another opportunity for a pot-shot at Penedo's goal.

  89. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    The palms of Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo are stung for the first time as Revolution's Jermaine Jones tries his luck from distance. But his low shot trundles straight at Jaime Penedo for a comfortable introduction.

  90. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Richard Padula

    BBC World Service Sport at the StubHub Center

    "Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is prowling the touch line, but he's been the most relaxed man in Los Angeles this week. He even joined the journalists for their MLS pre-game party in Manhattan Beach. But he knows what he's doing. Tony Meola and John Harkes have been singing his praises and many believe he's the greatest coach the USA has ever produced. Looking for his fifth MLS Cup victory."

  91. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    After that early flurry of excitement, the game has settled down into a midfield scrap. Sloppy touches from both sides as neither can enjoy a sustained period of possession.

  92. Post update

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Seconds in and there is almost an early goal for Galaxy. Another familiar name - Robbie Rogers - bursts into the Revolution penalty box from left-back, but the ex-Leeds United man sees his effort scrambled off the line.

  93. KICK-OFF

    LA Galaxy 0-0 New England Revolution

    Finally - at that traditional kick-off time of 20:27 GMT - we are under way.

  94. Post update

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    US midfielder Jermaine Jones gives some final words of wisdom to his Revolution boys, before Galaxy also go into a pre-match huddle.

    Revolution have an exciting, young and pacy team but the season looked to be heading nowhere until, out of the blue, they shelled out $4.7m for ex-Schalke star Jones .

    Since he turned up the season has turned around. In the 14 games that have followed they have won 10, drawn three and lost one.

    Bet Blackburn fans (where he had a brief and unspectacular spell on loan in 2011) wish he had a similar impact at Ewood Park.

  95. Post update

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    BBC World Service Sport's Richard Padula: "Los Angeles is well-known for star-spotting. Haven't seen too many celebrities, but Gerard Houllier is here watching the game. No surprises that Landon Donavon gets the biggest cheer as the PA announcer goes through the teams."

  96. Post update

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    Landon Donovan

    Hot on the heels of the trophy are the two sets of players. LA Galaxy skipper Robbie Keane looks rather calm as he leads his team out, high fiving fans hanging over the perimeter fence.

    Californian sunshine. Rousing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Fireworks. Colourful, shiny placards held up by the fans.

    Almost show-time.

  97. Post update

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    Former Coventry midfielder Cobi Jones - and some other as-yet-unidentifiable bloke - have the honour of carrying out this....

    MLS

    ...the prize at stake.

  98. Post update

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    Tons of goals?! Yes please.

  99. Post update

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    BBC World Service Sport's Richard Padula at the StubHub Center: "Just over 10 minutes until kick-off, there are even fans sitting on the grass bank under the big screen as they were for David Beckham's debut in this same ground.

    "Former USA international and New England player Taylor Twellman is expecting excitement. This is what he told me before kick-off: 'The game is going to be wide open, we'll get a ton of goals, a lot is going to happen. It's not going to be your usual 1-0 MLS Cup final because I'd be shocked if New England can defend'."

  100. Post update

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    My Californian sources reckon that this is an old-age trick of MLS bosses advertising a slightly earlier kick-off time to ensure a fuller crowd looks good to the watching TV audience. Seriously.

    Time for those already seated in the StubHub Center to throw another plasticky, mustard-smothered hot dog down their gullets.

  101. Post update

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    No sign of kick-off at the superbly-named (but horribly corporate) StubHub Center in California. Think that's largely down to MLS organisers being rather loose with their time-keeping.

  102. Stat attack

    Opta Jack: LA Galaxy have not lost in 18 consecutive home games in MLS, winning 14 of these games and outscoring opponents 50-13.

  103. Keane on Donovan

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    Robbie Keane (left) and Landon Donovan

    Robbie Keane on LA Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan, who will be retiring after the MLS Cup final: "We knew a year ago he was going to go so it's not like we found out two days ago. It's just business as usual.

    "He is a fantastic player. The relationship that both of us have on the pitch meant both of us score and assisted each other with goals. There has been a lot so our understanding on the field has been great.

    "If anyone deserves to go out on a high for what they have done for this league and the national team, it is certainly him."

  104. Revolution's previous record

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    Revolution, who beat the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Championship, are competing in their fifth MLS Cup final.

    However, unlike Galaxy, they are yet to win one. Among their four championship-game defeats are two to Galaxy - in 2002 and 2005.

  105. Galaxy's previous record

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution

    Galaxy, who advanced past the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference Championship, are competing in their ninth MLS Cup final - a league record.

    LA have won the MLS Cup four times, which is tied with D.C. United for the most all-time.

  106. Post update

    Everton: Good luck Landon Donovan. What a career. End it on a high, lad! #OnceABlue

  107. Play-off decider?

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution (20:00 GMT)

    LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane

    LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane: "I certainly think people will probably see us as the favourites because we are playing in our backyard but it is a final and anything can happen.

    "If we can concentrate and continue what we have been doing in terms of a philosophy of the way we want to play I think we will be OK."

  108. Post update

    LA Galaxy v New England Revolution (20:00 GMT)

    One familiar name is one which is expected to be central to tonight's outcome - Galaxy skipper Robbie Keane.

    The Republic of Ireland striker, 34, scored 20 goals in 33 games as Galaxy claimed the Western Conference title, meaning there was plenty of opportunity for MLS fans to se is trademark cartwheel celebration in full flight.

    And his exploits also saw him crowned as the MLS's most valuable player.

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    I know exactly what you are thinking: "How did Galaxy and Revolution reach the final?"

    Here's how. The MLS is split into two separate leagues - the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. The top five teams in each section go into a play-off system, with the two victorious sides - in this case Galaxy and Revolution - meeting in the showpiece.

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    BBC World Service Sport's Richard Padula at the Stubhub Center: "The stadium is filling up nicely. A capacity crowd of 27,000 is expected. All very different from the early days of MLS. Ex-USA keeper Tony Meola has just been telling me about playing for Kansas City in 1999. No running water in the locker room, but that was the least of their worries. One thing the locker room did have was - mice!"

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    Landon Donovan

    It surprised me to read that Donovan, who also had spells with Everton and Bayern Munich, is retiring at the relatively young age of 32. I mean 32?! He's got at least another five years playing at the top level of MLS, surely. Here's why he has decided to call it a day...

    "It has been a little bit different because I personally didn't know what was coming next but now I know," he says.

    "I have been very excited every day to wake up and go to training. Candidly, I don't want it to end. It has been a lot of fun and I am going to have that attitude on Sunday. I want it to be as enjoyable as possible and that would be winning."

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    Said "greatest player in the history of US soccer" is, if you have not already guessed, Landon Donovan.

    The 32-year-old forward is bringing the curtain down on his illustrious career tonight. He is the United States' all-time record goalscorer. He is the MLS's all-time leading goalscorer. And now he is bidding to win a record sixth MLS Cup.

    If cheap brands of lager did fairytale finishes then this would be it...

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    Diana Ross

    Once upon time, the old joke aimed at US football was that legendary Motown singer Diana Ross could lay claim to being the nation's greatest player.

    The same Diana Ross who infamously missed her perfectly-choreographed penalty attempt at the USA 1994 World Cup opening ceremony.

    But that smug jibe, usually made by England fans who now realise their national team is no better than their cousins across the Atlantic, no longer applies.

    "I would think his legacy would be that he left the game as the greatest player in the history of US soccer," says former US coach Bruce Arena. But of whom does he speak so highly of?

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    LA Galaxy: Penedo, DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Rogers, Ishizaki, Sarvas, Juninho, Donovan, Keane, Zardes. Subs: Rowe, Dunivant, Husidic, Gordon, Meyer, Gargan, Walker.

    New England Revolution: Shuttleworth, Farrell, Soares, Jose Goncalves, Tierney, Caldwell, Jones, Bunbury, Nguyen, Rowe, Davies. Subs: Knighton, Alston, Barnes, Dorman, Kobayashi, Fagundez, Mullins.

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    Howdy soccer fans! Wherever in the world you are reading, welcome to our live coverage of the MLS Cup final between LA Galaxy (those made famous by David Beckham) and New England Revolution (those made famous by, er, Steve Nicol).

    Many of you might have a similar level of MLS knowledge roughly equated to that of a Southern State redneck. A Southern State redneck who doesn't have a television in his remote farmhouse.

    So here's an explainer. This is the 'big one'. The season finale. The match which decides whether Galaxy or Revolution are crowned 2014 MLS champions. Geddit?

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    Barack Obama watching football
    Image caption: US President Barack Obama is watching the USA v Germany World Cup game aboard his presidential plane Air Force One.

    Football, or should I say soccer, is now generally considered as the fourth most popular sport in the United States.

    The big three - American Football, basketball and baseball - still attract the multi-million dollar sponsorships and the humongous television audiences. But soccer is catching up fast.

    The performance of the US men's national team at last summer's Fifa World Cup, where they progressed from a difficult group that contained Germany, Portugal and Ghana, shook millions of Americans from their soccer-induced slumber.

    Even US President Barack Obama watched their matches while on board Air Force One. But if you can't get to a television for tonight's MLS Cup final, Mr President, then we'd be honoured to have you along for the ride...