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MLS Cup Finals 2014: Galaxy vs. Revolution Date, Time, Live Stream and TV Info

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2014

Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan hands a football back to a fan after he was asked to autograph it, saying it was
Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

The LA Galaxy and New England Revolution will meet on Sunday at the StubHub Center in Carson, California for the 2014 MLS Cup, the final match which will determine the 2014 Major League champions.

The hosts will be appearing in their ninth Cup final, winning four so far, while the Revs are winless in four tries. Both teams narrowly qualified for Sunday's showpiece after winning their conference semi-finals, and with little to separate them on paper, this year's final should be a close affair.

Landon Donovan's last match in the MLS has dominated headlines all week, as America's most decorated player in the sport's history will have a chance to give his career the kind of Hollywood-ending it deserves.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 7

Time: 3 p.m. ET/8 p.m. GMT

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson (Home of the Galaxy)

TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on ESPN and UniMas (for U.S. viewers), with mobile coverage available via WatchESPN.

Preview

To say people are excited about the 19th edition of the MLS Cup final would be an understatement—ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman and Goal's Ives Galarcep have been talking about the match all week:

Taylor Twellman @TaylorTwellman

And another @MLS Cup between @LAGalaxy and @NERevolution that will give me cold sweat for the next 7 days. Can't wait!!! #LAvNE

Ives Galarcep @SoccerByIves

That sound you hear is people scrambling to book flights to LA for MLS Cup next week. Booked mine about a week agooo #ShmoneyDance

The level of excitement is understandable, of course. The amount of storylines surrounding this match are vast, beginning with Donovan's farewell to the league he has done so much for.

As he told Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl, coach Bruce Arena felt as if the farewell presentations for the legendary midfielder were too much, and it took its toll on his team and the player himself:

I think we’ve dealt with it since then. I think that whole thing was a circus act, the last two or three weeks. It probably served more of other people’s interest than Landon’s. It became overwhelming for Landon as well. It was tough. It wasn’t going to be easy anyway, but it was tough. And it impacted his ability to finish out the regular season as well as I would have liked, or he would have liked perhaps. But it is what it is.

Things won't get any easier on Sunday, playing in front of a vocal home crowd who will come out in force to watch the 32-year-old lace up his boots one last time.

On the other side of the pitch will be the Revolution and Jermaine Jones, whose addition to the squad helped propel them to new heights. His wealth of experience and pure talent really shone during the play-offs, and Wahl wonders whether he can cap off his incredible season the right way:

Grant Wahl @GrantWahl

Landon Donovan poised for storybook last game in final. Jermaine Jones making his case as the best MLS mid-season addition ever. Can't wait.

For New England, Sunday's match represents a date with destiny. After four losses from four tries, it seems almost fitting the Revs have a chance to finally get over the hump against the league's most successful side, via ESPN.com's Arash Markazi:

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

This is the @LAGalaxy's 9th trip to the MLS Cup. The most all-time in MLS history.

The Revs have impressed with their explosive attack so far in the play-offs, scoring 11 goals in four matches. Lee Nguyen and Charlie Davies are in the form of their lives, and they'll look to continue that form against LA.

But the Galaxy's attacking players aren't exactly scrubs, either, with Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho playing in service of Donovan and league MVP Robbie Keane, per the club's official Twitter feed:

LA Galaxy @LAGalaxy

Keane is king. Robbie Keane has been named 2014 @MLS MVP: http://t.co/FFkb7NJ5RO #MLSMVP http://t.co/nZbvMtubvo

Simply outscoring LA won't do on Sunday—it will be up to the Revs to control the battle in the centre of the pitch and stay focused at the back for 90 minutes.

Jones' emergence as arguably the league's best protector has allowed Nguyen to do what he does best, which is create chances by using his superb vision. Against the Galaxy, things won't be any different.

The hosts have been here before. They'll have the hometown fans behind them for the full 90 minutes, and with a wealth of experience on the pitch, LA are prepared for virtually any situation.

Defensively, the Galaxy have the advantage, conceding just two goals throughout the play-offs, compared to New England's six. Combined with their experience and impressive firepower, the hosts have to be the (slight) favourites going into Sunday's final.

Final Prediction: La Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution


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