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MLS Finals Set as LA, Houston Cruise to Victory

The 2011 MLS Cup will truly be a David v. Goliath affair.  In this corner, you have the regular season’s best team with the most star power and biggest names who, by the way, will be playing at home.  In this corner, you have a team that fought all season for a playoff spot then beat some quality Eastern Conference sides while losing their MVP candidate to injury.  Such will be the storyline as the Los Angeles Galaxy face the Houston Dynamo on November 20 at 9 PM ET at the Home Depot Center.

With an international break providing a Super Bowl-esque week off for both teams, MLS Talk will have plenty of content breaking down the match and its players, as well as the implications for both sides.  All of this will culminate in the annual MLS Cup Live Chat on the site; hang with us as we break down the play, strategy, and peripherals for MLS’s biggest game.

As for the teams themselves, yesterday was fairly anticlimactic as both teams won their matches with fairly comfortable scorelines.  The Western Conference champion Galaxy were even with Real Salt Lake 1-1 at the half, but Mike Magee scored the go-ahead goal early in the second half before Robbie Keane put it away in the 68th minute.  For the Eastern Conference champs, the game was a bit more intense as they had to play in the cauldron that is Livestrong Park against the favored Sporting KC.  Even with Brad Davis going out with a right quad injury in the first half, Houston still kept up the pressure with Andre Hainault breaking through in the 53rd minute.

This will be the third MLS Cup played at one of the participants’ home field: DC United won the 1997 Cup at RFK while in 2002 New England watched Los Angeles celebrate at Gillette Field after their 1-0 victory.  Another statistic of note: Los Angeles are undefeated at Home Dept Center this year.

What did you think of yesterday’s games and the upcoming MLS Cup match-up?  Any early favorites or predictions?

22 Responses to MLS Finals Set as LA, Houston Cruise to Victory

  1. Mr. Downtown says:

    Dynamo take their miracle run to the finish and spoil the Galaxy’s
    dream. Houston 2-1.

  2. Charles says:

    One, I disagree with you regarding the LA-SLC game, there were so
    many shots off the posts, I thought the game could have turned
    either way MANY
    times…………………………………………………………….
    Two, pleeeeeease MLS, give us three game series in every round.
    This is just way too
    quick……………………………………. Three, Salt Lake
    City to play in CCL, leaving me to wondering if Dallas DID tank the
    last few games of the season to go to the East where they lost to
    mediocre NY team and then NOT make CCL because of it.

  3. Bullsear says:

    I sorta hope ole Goldenballs gets a win, but that Houston team are
    playing like they’ve got something to prove. I wouldn’t want to be
    in the Galaxy’s position.

  4. Wascal says:

    This is the LA Galaxy’s year!

  5. Landycakes says:

    the scum are going to blow it in the final just like they did in
    2009

  6. The original Tome says:

    I hope and think that LA will win it. The LA – RSL series was a
    good game, LA are a fun team to watch. I only saw highlights of the
    other one. Hoping for a good final.

  7. SSReporters says:

    I hate LA more than any other club in MLS. I know the league is
    DYING to have Becks and Landycakes (and Keane?) win an MLS Cup
    because that’s the only way they can try and promote themselves
    around the world. LA Galaxy winning is probably the best thing for
    the league because of those two alone. ….And for that reason
    alone, I want Houston to win. They’re the underdogs, they don’t
    have Davis, they’re on the road, and the PR is going to be all on
    Los Angeles. Go Dynamo. The 27,000 screaming girls makes LA winning
    it all totally not worth it.

    • Charles says:

      Serious question, why would they want to “try and promote
      themselves around the world” ? Don’t think there is much money in
      that for MLS. I have the same feelings as you, the league and media
      can only talk about LD, Henry and Becks, while Wondo who leads the
      league in scoring two years in a row and Davis who has been
      incredible for years get nothing.

      • Robert says:

        Wondo leads the league in scoring but plays for a team who couldn’t
        even make a 10 team playoff format. + wondo can’t finish at the
        national level.

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