Beat

07 December 8:53 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The day is finally here. 

In the latest edition of "What To Watch For," Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones break down the MLS Cup Final between the LA Galaxy and New England Revolution

Check it out above. 

06 December 6:08 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- In the latest edition of my Insider Breakdown for Galaxy TV, I break down the LA Galaxy's match with the New England Revolution.

In the video, I take a look whether Landon Donovan will get his Hollywood ending and finish his career as an MLS Cup champion. 

Check it out above. 

06 December 4:52 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena will be the elder statesman on Sunday when he takes on fourth-year New England Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. 

On paper, the gap in experience between the pair could not be more different.

Arena, a four time MLS Cup champion,  will be coaching in his seventh final while Heaps will lead the Revs for the very first time. Although there is a considerable experience gap between the two head coaches, Arena admires the growth that Heaps has shown in four years of coaching the Revolution.

"He's a person that I recruited at the University of Virgina, but he chose to go to Duke, so I hold that against him a little bit. He was a great athlete in both soccer and basketball, and he played for one of the great basketball coaches in Mike Krzyzewski and he was a big influence in coaching career. He put in a great shift with the Revs and became an understudy then went into coaching. He got help from Mike and other coaches and in a few years, he's become an outstanding coach. 

"He's a work horse who puts in a lot of hours, he's very dedicated, very bright and obviously very good." 

06 December 1:26 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan went through his final training session as a professional athlete on Saturday as the LA Galaxy went through their final preparations for Sunday's MLS Cup Final against the New England Revolution at StubHub Center.

Photos from Donovan's final training session are below. 

 

 

06 December 11:46 am

CARSON, Calif. -- One Day More.

The LA Galaxy will face off against the New England Revolution on Sunday in the 2014 MLS Cup Final. In the latest -- and final 2014 -- edition of By the Numbers, I look at the Galaxy's record against the Revs in MLS Cups. Spoiler Alert: It's pretty good. 

Check it out below.

05 December 4:41 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy and New England Revolution will face off on Sunday in MLS Cup, but ESPN FC and KICKTV took all the suspense out of the matchup by running a simulator of the game two days out.

Both simulations are exciting with the ESPN edition opting to play it a bit straight while the KICKTV simulation is a wacky affair. And no, I'm not going to tell you who was the winner in the simulations. 

Check it out the ESPN FC one above and KICKTV video below.

05 December 2:44 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy continued their preparation for Sunday's MLS Cup Final against New England Revolution. 

During training, Mora Photography and Galaxy Photographer Hana Asano captured training and the press conference with both LA and the Galaxy. 

Following training, Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas reflected on the team's mood ahead of Sunday's game. 

"It's the moment that we've been waiting for, for so long. At training, everyone is happy and motivated," said Sarvas. "You can sense that everyone is ready for this big game." 

--

 

 

05 December 11:23 am

CARSON, Calif. -- MLS Cup may be a hectic and tense time for many, but not for the LA Galaxy

In an interview with MLSsoccer.com's Kate Witham, the Galaxy talk about their clubhouse jokes and pranks that keep the mood light ahead of a huge match. 

Check it out above.

04 December 5:08 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The clock is ticking and MLS Cup is fast approaching

The sun was back out at LA Galaxy training as the team continued their preparation for Sunday's MLS Cup Final against the New England Revolution. Stopping the Revolution will be no easy task, considering New England enjoyed so much success as they progressed through the Eastern Conference, but LA are confident that they can shutdown the Revs attack.

"We're going to do what we did all year and go with that," said Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza. "But that being said, I think that Charlie Davies is on fire right now in the playoffs and we're facing a team that has scored a bunch of away goals in this playoffs. We know that they're not going to sit back. We need to get on the front foot and get after them early." 

 

 

04 December 4:09 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Earlier this season, the LA Galaxy flattened their MLS Cup opponents the New England Revolution 5-1 at StubHub Center, but don’t look for that game to affect the way either team approaches Sunday’s championship match.

On July 16, LA were in control from the get go and were aided by an early red card by AJ Soares as Robbie Keane and Gyasi Zardes each scored a pair of goals while Stefan Ishizaki rounded out the scoring for the Galaxy.  MLS MVP finalist Lee Nguyen scored the only goal of the evening for the Revs on a penalty kick goal that saw Galaxy right back Dan Gargan sent off.   

While LA ran rampant that evening, the teams that will face one another are remarkably different (look at the lineups here).

In particular, that incarnation of the Revolution was mired in an eight game winless streak and was still a month from acquiring Designated Player Jermaine Jones, who has proven key to New England’s drive to MLS Cup. But LA will be dramatically different as well as Bruce Arena famously benched Landon Donovan for the match against New England only to insert the longtime U.S. international at halftime.

“Both teams are different. If you look at the lineups those days, they won’t look anything like Sunday," said Arena on Thursday. "They’re probably going to have three or four different players on the field and we’ll likely have four or five different players on the field.  Davies is a fixture now, so there are changes. That game means nothing; it’s in the archives now.”