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LA Galaxy win MLS Cup

14 November 2005 01:17

FRISCO, Nov 13 (SW) - When Landon Donovan returned to MLS from Bayer Leverkusen in March, he said he wanted to bring the MLS Cup home to Los Angeles, a goal which was accomplished today as his Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution, 1-0 in extra time, in the final at Frisco, Texas, the home of FC Dallas.

Guillermo Ramirez scored the winner in the first minute of stoppage of the first extra time period as both teams wore down in a long, sometimes tense match at the newly-built, Pizza Hut Park, just north of Dallas. Ramirez, a 66th minute substitute, volleyed a rebound from New England goalkkeeper Matt Reis' clearance of Donovan's corner kick, cleanly to the back of the net from 20 yards.

Donovan had left MLS and the San Jose Earthquakes earlier this year only to return after a short run with Bayer Leverkusen. He had scored twice in the previous match with Colorado to lift the Galaxy to the final for the first time since the 2002 match, the club's lone championship before this year.

New England tried to increase pressure on Los Angeles' defense in the second half of extra time, but the Galaxy--champions of the 2005 US Open Cup as well as MLS's title--relegated the much-favored Revolution attackers to midfield tackles and they only threatened very late, with José Cancela's short-range blast going just wide right.

It was the third time in MLS' ten year history that the US Open, and MLS Cup will be held by the same club. In 1996, and 1998, DC United and the Chicago Fire, respectively, completed the same double.

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