Wednesday, November 16, 2005


LOS ANGELES GALAXY STUN NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION, GRAB THE MLS CUP



The Los Angeles Galaxy shocked the MLS world by winning the MLS cup. The underdogs dispatched the depleted New England Revolution and are now the champs. And who was Cinderella of the very Cinderella-esque team?

Donovan started the play with a corner kick from the right side. Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis ran out to punch it away, only to send it directly to Ramirez. With no defender near him, Ramirez leaped and kicked the ball out of the air and into the net.

"I'm very proud of Pando Ramirez, a guy who suffered all year and didn't score one goal in the flow of play all season," Los Angeles coach Steve Sampson said. "If he had scored more goals during the course of the season, we would've won more ballgames. But he found the right time to get it done."

As if to prove his lumpy touch, Ramirez missed a close-in chance for a second goal in the closing minutes. Regardless, he was selected the MVP, quite a feat for someone who entered in the 66th minute.

"I'm stunned, impressed and extremely happy for him," said Donovan, who won his third MLS Cup, but first for his hometown team. "He deserves his reward."

The Galaxy won their second championship in five finals. This was the least expected considering they went 13-13-7 this season and claimed the eighth and final playoff seed. They have both the fewest wins and lowest seed of any league champion.


Read the whole article here, ESPN: Galaxy overcome Revolution in overtime

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