MLS Cup Final Preview: LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo II
- Updated: November 30, 2012
Typically in any major sports league, a rematch is frowned upon. People want to see something new and exciting when it comes down to the final championship. No one wants to see the Yankees in the World Series every Fall, nor does anyone want to keep seeing the Patriots in the Superbowl come February. The masses want to keep things fresh. As far as rematches go however, Galaxy/Dynamo II should be a good one. Both teams are strong just as they were last year, setting this MLS Cup Final up to be one of the best we have seen in the past few years. The ultimate question comes down to who wants it more. Will LA repeat as champs and send David Beckham off with a bang? Or will Houston play spoiler and get the revenge they so desperately seek?
The reigning cup holders obviously have more to play for now that Beckham has announced that this will be his final MLS season. The man who helped put Majot League Soccer on the map back in 2007 will surely be hoping to leave on a high note by winning his second MLS Cup before departing. Landon Donovan also has something to play for as this may be the final game we see him in for some time. The veteran US international has all but said that he plans on taking a break from the sport after this season, stating multiple times that he is burnt out and has lost some of his passion for the game. Given those two factors, it’s not hard to see LA walking away with their second straight championship. Their strong play throughout the playoffs, plus having home field advantage at the Home Depot Center make them the clear favorites.
People forget however that much like LA last season, Houston went undefeated at home during the 2012 campaign, and absolutely decimated their opponents throughout the playoffs. The combination of Brad Davis, Will Bruin and Adam Moffat is not to be reckoned with. Add Brian Ching off the bench, a player who very well may retire at the end of the seaso,n and Tally Hall in net, and you have yourself a monster team with lots of options. The Dynamo often get labeled as a one man team (i.e. Brad Davis), a label that is in no way accurate. Houston hasn’t reached the final because of one man. They have been strong all year, and add to the fact that they want revenge after last year’s cup game, the Dynamo are poised to upset the Galaxy. There is no doubt they still have a sour taste in their mouth after being beaten late by Landon Donovan last year.
This MLS Cup Final isn’t going to be a one niller like last year. Look for both squads offenses to get off to a quick start. Going into half time of this one, the score could easily be all knotted up 1-1, maybe even 2-2. The PSL Soccer Desk is unanimous in thinking that Houston picks up the upset victory in this year’s MLS Cup Final, but this is soccer, and anything could happen in this game. Philly Sports Live will have complete Twitter coverage and post game thoughts. The MLS Cup Final is set for 4:30 p.m. ET this Saturday on ESPN.