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MLS Cup 2014 was the 19th edition of MLS Cup, the match that determined the champion of Major League Soccer's 2014 season. It is also the last MLS Cup to be held before the league's rebranding in 2015. The Western Conference Champions LA Galaxy played the Eastern Conference Champions New England Revolution. The match was held at the Galaxy's home field of the StubHub Center in Carson, California, as the Galaxy were awarded home advantage by finishing the regular season with more points than the Revolution. The Galaxy won 2–1 after Overtime, winning their fifth MLS Cup title and also sending all-time U.S. national team goal scoring leader Landon Donovan into retirement with his sixth MLS Cup crown.[1]

MLS Cup 2014
2014 MLS Cup logo.jpg
EventMLS Cup
After extra time
DateDecember 7, 2014
VenueStubHub Center, Carson, California, US
Most Valuable PlayerRobbie Keane
(LA Galaxy)
RefereeMark Geiger
Attendance27,000
WeatherCloudy and 73 °F (23 °C)
2013
2015

It was a record sixth time that the MLS Cup was held at the StubHub Center, and the first time in two years that the venue has hosted the MLS Cup. The Galaxy returned to the MLS Cup for the first time since 2012, when they became the third club to win the championship in back-to-back seasons. It was the first time since 2007 that the Revolution reached the MLS Cup final. The two clubs had met twice before in the MLS Cup final: in 2002 and in 2005; the Galaxy defeated New England 1–0 after Overtime in both finals. New England Revolution became the first club to lose five MLS Cups.

Going into the match, the Galaxy had earned a berth into the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League regardless of the result; New England could only do so by winning the Cup. Since the Seattle Sounders won both the U.S. Open Cup and the Supporters Shield, the Galaxy had secured a berth into the Champions League as the Supporters Shield runner-up. Had New England won the match, they would have entered as the MLS Cup champion representative. Instead, Real Salt Lake went to the Champions League.

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Road to the finalEdit

Both teams finished second in their respective conferences at the end of the regular season. The Galaxy convincingly defeated Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference semifinals by an aggregate score of 5–0. They then advanced past Seattle Sounders FC and to MLS Cup 2–2 on aggregate due to the away goals tiebreaker, as the Galaxy had 1 away goal to Seattle's 0. New England knocked out the Columbus Crew 7–3 on aggregate after dominating both legs of the Eastern Conference semifinals before narrowly besting the New York 4–3 over the two legs to reach MLS Cup.

New England Revolution Round LA Galaxy
Eastern Conference
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
D.C. United 34 17 9 8 52 37 +15 59
New England Revolution 34 17 13 4 51 46 +5 55
Columbus Crew 34 14 10 10 52 42 +10 52
New York Red Bulls 34 13 10 11 55 50 +5 50
Sporting Kansas City 34 14 13 7 48 41 +7 49
Regular season
Western Conference
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Seattle Sounders FC 34 20 10 4 65 50 +15 64
LA Galaxy 34 17 7 10 69 37 +32 61
Real Salt Lake 34 15 8 11 54 39 +15 56
FC Dallas 34 15 12 7 42 42 0 54
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 14 11 9 45 38 +7 50
Opponent Result Legs Playoffs Opponent Result Legs
Columbus Crew 7–3 4–2 away; 3–1 home Conf. Semifinals Real Salt Lake 5–0 0–0 away; 5–0 home
New York Red Bulls 4–3 2–1 away; 2–2 home Conference Finals Seattle Sounders FC 2–2 (a) 1–0 home; 1–2 away

Tournament BracketEdit

East Knockout
   
E4 New York Red Bulls 2
E5 Sporting Kansas City 1
West Knockout
   
W4 FC Dallas 2
W5 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1


  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2014
                                     
E1 D.C. United 0 2 2  
E4 New York Red Bulls 2 1 3  
  E4 New York Red Bulls 1 2 3  
Eastern Conference
  E2 New England Revolution 2 2 4  
E2 New England Revolution 4 3 7
E3 Columbus Crew 2 1 3  
  E2 New England Revolution 1
  W2 LA Galaxy (a.e.t.) 2
W1 Seattle Sounders FC (a) 1 0 1  
W4 FC Dallas 1 0 1  
  W1 Seattle Sounders FC 0 2 2
Western Conference
  W2 LA Galaxy (a) 1 1 2  
W2 LA Galaxy 0 5 5
W3 Real Salt Lake 0 0 0  

MatchEdit

LA Galaxy2–1 (a.e.t.)New England Revolution
Zardes   52'
Keane   111'
Report Tierney   79'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LA Galaxy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New England Revolution
GK 18   Jaime Penedo
RB 20   A. J. DeLaGarza
CB 4   Omar Gonzalez
CB 22   Leonardo
LB 14   Robbie Rogers   82'   91'
RM 24   Stefan Ishizaki   91'
CM 8   Marcelo Sarvas   113'
CM 19   Juninho   96'
LM 10   Landon Donovan    45+1'
CF 7   Robbie Keane (c   92'
CF 11   Gyasi Zardes
Substitutes:
GK 12   Brian Rowe
DF 2   Todd Dunivant
DF 21   Tommy Meyer
DF 33   Dan Gargan   91'
MF 6   Baggio Husidić   96'
MF 34   Kenney Walker
FW 9   Alan Gordon    113'   91'
Manager:
  Bruce Arena

 

GK 22   Bobby Shuttleworth
RB 2   Andrew Farrell   62'
CB 5   A. J. Soares
CB 23   José Gonçalves (c)
LB 8   Chris Tierney
DM 6   Scott Caldwell   58'
DM 13   Jermaine Jones   113'
RW 10   Teal Bunbury
LW 11   Kelyn Rowe
AM 24   Lee Nguyen   90+1'
CF 9   Charlie Davies   72'
Substitutes:
GK 18   Brad Knighton
DF 25   Darrius Barnes
DF 30   Kevin Alston
MF 12   Andy Dorman   90+1'
MF 16   Daigo Kobayashi   58'
FW 7   Patrick Mullins   72'
FW 14   Diego Fagúndez
Manager:
  Jay Heaps

MLS Cup MVP:
  Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)

Assistant referees:
Peter Manikowski (United States)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Fourth official:
Armando Villarreal (United States)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

StatisticsEdit

Overall[2]
LA Galaxy New England Revolution
Goals scored 2 1
Total shots 16 16
Shots on target 6 6
Saves 6 4
Corner kicks 3 3
Fouls committed 20 14
Offsides 4 1
Yellow cards 5 2
Red cards 0 0

LA GalaxyEdit

New England RevolutionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Carlisle, Jeff (December 7, 2014). "Three Points: Los Angeles vs. New England". ESPN FC. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  2. ^ "Boxscore – Player statistics". Major League Soccer. Retrieved December 8, 2014.