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03 December 10:43 am

An absolute MUST WATCH for all LA Galaxy and MLS fans, a fantastic "Matchday: 360" piece from MLSsoccer.com's Scott Riddell. 

Check it out below. 

03 December 10:41 am

California was the place of champions this weekend no matter if you were in Alta California or Baja California.

On Sunday, Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente defeated Toluca 2-0 in their Liga MX Apertura Grand Final second leg to claim the franchise's first-ever Liga MX title, 4-1 on aggregate. In the starting lineup for Los Xolos were a pair of U.S. Internationals, San Diego native Joe Benny Corona and New Mexico's Edgar Castillo. 

Below are a few more notes from the weekend as rare swirling around MLS as the silly season begins on Monday with club's finally able to announce and process trades... 

*The biggest rumors surround Real Salt Lake, who are reportedly in the process of trading Fabian Espindola and Jaimson Olave to New York Red Bulls according to Scocer By Ives. 

* Another big team that looks to be active is the Portland Timbers according to this piece in the Oregonian.

* Talented Columbus Crew midfielder Dilly Duka is being shopped. 

*One note that is not a rumor is that Chivas USA and Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara dispatched his sporting director Johan Cruyff on Sunday evening. 

03 December 9:10 am

Can't make it to tonight's LA Galaxy Championship Rally?

Well, the Galaxy and the folks and Livestream have you covered as tonight's event will be streamed live on the Livestream website beginning at 7 p.m. 

More info below..

02 December 7:11 pm

The LA Galaxy will stage championship rally on Monday at The Home Depot Center to celebrate their victory over the Houston Dynamo that sealed the organization's fourth MLS Cup championship.

Gates open at 6 p.m. for the rally takes place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Home Depot Center tennis stadium. Parking and admission is free. Attendees will be able to take photos with the 2012 MLS Cup trophies as well purchase a patch of grass from The HDC playing surface for a $5 donation to the LA Galaxy Foundation. The rally will also feature discounted food and drink including $2 beer and $1 hot dogs.

The entire LA Galaxy team and coaching staff will be on hand for the event. 

More information can be found here

02 December 3:42 pm

The Houston Dynamo gave a far better showing of themselves in MLS Cup 2012, but in the end, the result was the same as the Dynamo fell 3-1 on Saturday.

Houston was competitive from the outset and took the lead in the 44th minute when Calen Carr made a darting run behind the Galaxy defense off a through-ball by Adam Moffat for the opening strike. After the goal, Carr was consistently testing the Galaxy defense at the start of the second half, but in the 57th minute, the forward was forced to leave the match after a collision with Omar Gonzalez left him unable to continue.

Three minutes later, the Galaxy would level on a goal by Gonzalez and in the 65th minute, a handball by Ricardo Clark set up a Landon Donovan penalty kick to put LA ahead for good. The Galaxy would add a third in the fourth minute of stoppage time on a Robbie Keane penalty kick after a Tally Hall foul in the box on the Irishman. 

For a look at the match from a Houston perspective, check out these links:

*From Houston Chronicle's Jesus Ortiz: Better effort by Dynamo, but a worse loss

From Ortiz again: Kinnear and the Dynamo have much to be proud about their 2012 season

 

*From MLSsoccer.com's Andrew Wiebe: Dynamo come undone after frightening Carr injury

*From MLSsoccer.com's Darrel Lovell: Dynamo question referee calls that led to LA goals

*From Lovell again:  Houston GK Tally Hall: Gonzalez should get called to USMNT "every time"

Below is a video with interviews of Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and midfielder Brad Davis:

02 December 2:27 pm

Below are a selection of photos as well as video of the LA Galaxy's postgame locker room celebration after winning MLS Cup with a 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. 

If you look closely in the video, you may catch me getting absolutely drenched in champagne during the Galaxy's celebration video. Even more photos can be found in the new LA Galaxy Insider Instagram account and the club's Facebook page

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02 December 11:44 am

Bruce Arena, David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan reflected on the LA Galaxy's 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo that sealed the club's fourth MLS Cup title.

Check out the video of the press conference below...

02 December 8:56 am

From the folks at MLSsoccer.com, a look at Omar Gonzalez's goal in the 60th minute of play from all angles. 

Check it out below.

01 December 7:45 pm

CARSON, Calif. --There was only one word to describe Omar Gonzalez's performance in Saturday's MLS Cup -- omnipresent. 

Throughout the opening stages of the match, Gonzalez provided an immense presence in the air, consistently batting away crosses and dangerous chances from the Houston Dynamo. But Gonzalez's presence wasn't just on defense as in the 60th minute, the Galaxy defender scored the tying goal off a lofted cross by Juninho to pull LA level. Five minutes later, the Galaxy would take the lead for good off a Landon Donovan penalty kick that was won, in part due to another header by Gonzalez.

When the Galaxy took the lead, Gonzalez's work did not stop there as he was able to repeatedly able to silence the Dynamo defense en route to being named MLS Cup MVP -- becoming the first defender ever to win the honor. Following the match, Gonzalez admitted that his presence in the air was vital to LA's victory. 

"I think that's just what I have to do, game in and game out. That's what I'm known for, it was just like any other game. I had to get out of the nerves out of it and just focus on playing a good game. The whole team did well," said Gonzalez. "For me, winning MVP is great. I never thought that I would be winning it, it was pretty emotional for me because at the beginning of the year, I didn't see myself getting back to this level and I was just thinking if I was ever going to come back the same way. Today was really special for me, I know that I'm able to go even further now." 

After a season that saw him battle back from a serious knee injury to become the Galaxy's fulcrum in central defense, Gonzalez took a moment after the victory to reflect on the 2012 season.

“I think I was looking at it from a totally different perspective at the very beginning of this year. I was coming in maybe once a week when those hard times were happening and those days that I would come in, everyone’s heads would be down. I think Bruce’s experience just took over and said ‘we’re going to be fine,'  we ended up being just that," said Gonzalez. "In the very middle of the season everyone started turning around and everything turned out the way Bruce said. Everyone started fighting for each other and it just turned out to be an amazing season for me, myself, the organization. It’s just truly outstanding players and friends on this team that I’ve made. It’s been a really special year.”

01 December 7:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- When A.J. DeLaGarza was felled by a left MCL sprain in late September, many worried that the Galaxy would struggle to repeat their MLS Cup title, but rookie Tommy Meyer stepped up when needed. 

On Saturday, Meyer was tested early and often, but provided a solid contribution as he helped blanket childhood friend Will Bruin and forward Calen Carr. Meyer was at his finest during the final stages of the match as he as well as MLS Cup MVP Omar Gonzalez were able to shut down Houston.

“They have dangerous guys making runs out there, that is how they scored their goal," Meyer said. "I didn't do as well as I should have, but they are dangerous with Brad Davis on the wing, he served in some good balls, but Omar [Gonzalez] just cleared out everything. He is unbelievable, the best defender in the league by far, he was hurt for the first part of the year, but the way he came back, he helped out defense out unbelievably.”

Following the MLS Cup, Meyer was quick to reflect on a crazy first season. 

“There is always a possibility when you come into an organization like this, but honestly I am just happy to be a part of it," said Meyer. "I have never won a championship before so this is unbelievable. I learned stuff from earlier in the season and tried not to make those mistakes again, but once the playoffs started I listened to Omar and the coaches, the guys in front of me helped me along."