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Rematch with Galaxy in MLS Cup final brings same result
Frisco, Texas - The New England Revolution got their second shot at winning the MLS Cup and again it came against the Los Angeles Galaxy. While the teams have greatly changed since 2002, the end result was the same. The Galaxy won their second ever MLS Cup 1-0 in overtime thanks to a goal by Guatemalan Guillermo Ramirez in the 107th minute. Their only other MLS Cup coming in 2002 when Guatemalan Carlos Ruiz scored the game winner in the 113th minute in another 1-0 overtime win. The Revs went into the match as favorites with the better regular season record (17-7-8, 59 points) than the Galaxy (13-13-6, 45 points). The Revs scored 11 more goals than the Galaxy over the regular season, while allowing 8 less. None of this mattered in the final, however, as the Galaxy were the better team on the day and kept the Revs from winning their first ever championship.

Physical play had a large part in the game from the opening whistle and referee Kevin Stott handed out 10 yellow cards, the most in MLS Cup history. The Galaxy had the best early chances and thought they had scored in the 6th minute, when Herculez Gomez was sent free in on goal from a long free kick out of the Galaxy’s half. Gomez then chipped a shot over goalkeeper Matt Reis, only to see the linesman with his flag up, ruling the goal offside.

The Revs best chance of the half came in the 29th minute, when midfielder Shalrie Joseph got on the end of a Steve Ralston corner kick. Joseph’s header sailed high of the net.

Gomez had another good chance for the Galaxy in the 41st minute, when he managed to beat Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst. Gomez had a bad angle to shoot from and sent his shot into the side netting.

The Revolution came out stronger in the second half and caused some problems for the Galaxy defense with some runs out of the back by Revs defender Jay Heaps. Heaps forced Hartman into his first save of the match in the 62nd minute.

The Revs switched things up in the 64th minute bringing on Uruguayan playmaker Jose Cancela for forward Pat Noonan and moving Clint Dempsey up to forward. The move came as a surprise because Noonan had not been subbed out, when healthy, at any point during the whole regular season. Cancela, however, had been a huge spark for the Revs off the bench earlier in the postseason and proved the Revs most dangerous player again in this one.

Rookie of the Year and Rhode Island native Michael Parkhurst came up big for the Revs in the 79th minute when the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan put a shot on frame. Parkhurst was there to block and then clear the shot.

Cobi Jones came inches away from giving the Galaxy the lead in the 83rd minute, when he blasted a Donovan cross off of the crossbar from the top of the box.

In the ninth minute of overtime, Jose Cancela had the Revs best chance of the match. James Riley saved a ball from going out of bounds and passed it to Cancela, who dribbled around several defenders before shooting from the top of the box. Cancela’s shot, marked for the top corner of the net, was denied by an acrobatic save from Kevin Hartman.

Landon Donovan had an uncharacteristic miss in the 14th minute of overtime, when he had a free diving header off a Chris Albright cross. Donovan’s header went sailing harmlessly out of bounds.

The Galaxy scored the game winner in stoppage time of the first period of overtime, when Matt Reis could only punch out a Landon Donovan corner kick. His punch fell straight to the Galaxy’s Guillermo Ramirez, who blasted it into the back of the net.

"It was a great finish to a tough year,” said Galaxy Head Coach Steve Sampson of MLS Cup MVP Guillermo Ramirez. “I am so proud of him. He has suffered and didn't score a single goal in the run of play. He came up huge and really picked the right time to do it. I never lost faith in him and before the game I asked him if he was ready to give something to the team today. He said yes and he did it. I had a feeling."

With the Revs pushed forward looking for the equalizer, the Galaxy had chances on the counter attack. In the 25th minute, Landon Donovan broke free in on goal, but saw his point blank shot denied by Reis. Herculez Gomez got the rebound, but saw his shot saved by Reis as well.

At the end of stoppage time the Revs had one last chance, when Jose Cancela saw his shot deflected out for a corner kick. Cancela took the ensuing corner kick only to see it headed out for another corner. Shalrie Joseph, the Revs biggest target in the box, was hurt on the play and did not re-enter the game till after the second corner kick. The second corner was cleared by the Galaxy to Ednaldo da Conceicao at midfield. Ednaldo, with an open net ahead of him, due to Matt Reis pushing forward for the corner, opted to dribble forward. Ednaldo dribbled to the edge of the box before sending a pass to Guillermo Ramirez, who shot at the open net. Ramirez’s shot was deflected up by defender Joe Franchino and Reis got back in time to catch it. By then, however, it was too late for the Revs, who ended their best season ever on a sour note.

"We have a lot to be proud of at the end of this season,” said Revolution Head Coach Steve Nicol. “We reached the championship, we won the East and we had the most wins in the history of the franchise. We accomplished a lot. But it all feels very insignificant right now."


Notes: Forward Taylor Twellman won league MVP and the Budweiser Golden Boot…Twellman and midfielders Clint Dempsey and Shalrie Joseph were named to the league’s Best XI…Michael Parkhurst won the Rookie of the Year
November 19, 2005 Sean Donahue



Email: sean@mlsfan.net

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Scores
Sat., Apr. 14th
6:00PM ET
Salt Lake 0
Columbus 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
New England 0
Toronto 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
DC United 0
Kansas City Wizards 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
8:30PM ET
Houston 0
Chivas USA 0

Sat., Apr. 15th
3:00PM ET
New York 0
Dallas 0

Sun., Apr. 15th
8:00PM ET
Colorado 0
Chicago 0

Standings
East
Team Name Pts
Chicago 3
Columbus 1
New York 1
DC United 0
Kansas City 0
New England 0
Toronto 0

West
Team Name Pts
Dallas 4
Chivas USA 3
Colorado 3
Houston 1
Los Angeles 1
Salt Lake 1

Top Ten Scorers
Top 10 Scorers
Player Name Gls
Ruiz 2
Cooper 2
Cunningham 2
Kljestan 1
Brown 1
Emilio 1
H. Gomez 1
Findley 1
Razov 1
Pause 1