LA Galaxy 2-1 New England Revolution (after extra time): Robbie Keane secures MLS Cup title

The Republic of Ireland international struck in extra time to secure his side their fifth Major League Soccer championship.

Robbie Keane scored a dramatic extra-time winner as the LA Galaxy won their fifth MLS Cup with a 2-1 triumph over the New England Revolution at StubHub Center.

Landon Donovan's storied career ended with a sixth MLS Cup title, and Keane added an MLS Cup MVP to his league MVP he picked up earlier in the week.

The Galaxy took the lead in the opening stages of the second half through Gyasi Zardes, but New England struck back and equalised through Chris Tierney with just 10 minutes to play.

But Keane stepped up in extra time, finishing a one-on-one chance to give his team a title – and condemn New England to its fifth MLS Cup loss in as many appearances.

The Galaxy nearly took the lead in the opening minutes when Robbie Rogers dribbled his way into the box before his shot was scrambled clear off the line. 

Both teams started the match in sloppy fashion, with plenty of turnovers from either side. Keane fashioned a chance but his powerful strike went straight at Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

The Revs were frustrated on the attacking end by LA, as AJ DeLaGarza snuffed out New England's best chance of the half with a brilliant sliding challenge on Charlie Davies.

The visitors would have been happy to enter the break scoreless, as the Galaxy failed to show enough quality in the final third to really threaten Shutteworth. 

The match would not stay even for long, though, as the Galaxy broke the deadlock just after the restart. Stefan Ishizaki picked up a poor Teal Bunbury clearance and whipped in a cross to the far post. Zardes picked the ball up and after fending off a challenge from Andrew Farrell, buried a shot into the far corner. 

Keane almost iced the game with a tremendous individual effort with 20 minutes to go. After nutmegging Jose Goncalves, his shot from inside the box was scuffed right at Shuttleworth, giving the visiting side a big reprieve. 

And the Revs would take full advantage of that let off with 10 minutes to play. Substitute Patrick Mullins got on the end of a long ball and managed to cut back for Tierney, whose run took him past Leonardo before he finished neatly past Jaime Penedo. 

The game would head to extra time, just as the 2002 and 2005 MLS Cup finals between these two sides did. 

Mullins nearly gave the Revs the lead in the additional period, only to be denied by a great diving save from Penedo. 

Just when it appeared the game was headed for penalty kicks, the MLS MVP came through when it mattered most.

Marcelo Sarvas caught the Revs defence napping off a long free kick, sending Keane through on goal. The Irishman made no mistake, dramatically slotting home to give the Galaxy their fifth MLS championship.

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