Landon Donovan
L.A. Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan ended his career by helping the team win their fifth MLS Cup Trophy. Courtesy photo
L.A. Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan ended his career by helping the team win their fifth MLS Cup Trophy. Courtesy photo

Landon Donovan ended his historic career, and the Los Angeles Galaxy captured their fifth MLS Cup Trophy, as Robbie Keane’s overtime goal six minutes into the second overtime overcame the New England Revolution, 2-1.

The game was the last for Donovan, the Galaxy midfielder considered to be the greatest American male soccer player. He retires as Major League Soccer’s career leader in goals and assists in both the playoffs and regular season.

Donovan, 32, announced Aug. 7 that he would retire at the conclusion of the season.

The championship was a record fifth for the Galaxy and third in the last four seasons. D.C. United has won four MLS Cups.

New England forced the overtime on Chris Tierney’s goal in the 79th minute off assists by Patrick Mullins and Jose Goncalves.

Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes opened the scoring in the 52nd minute off Stefan Ishizaki’s assist.

Both teams took 16 shots and six shots on goal. Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo made six saves. Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made four.

Keane was selected as the game’s MVP, becoming the fourth player to win the MVP awards for both the regular season and MLS Cup.

— City News Service

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