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MLS Cup: Galaxy soars past Revolution in overtime to win 2-1

Captain Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy hoists up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy on the podium as his Galaxy teammates cheer on after the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Captain Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy hoists up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy on the podium as his Galaxy teammates cheer on after the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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Captain Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy hoists up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy on the podium as his Galaxy teammates cheer on after the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles Galaxy's Gyasi Zardes, left, scores as he is defended by New England Revolution's Kelyn Rowe, right, and Andrew Farrell during the second half of the MLS Cup championship soccer match Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy won 2-1 in the second extra time.
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Captain Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy hoists up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy on the podium as his Galaxy teammates cheer on after the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan, center, hoists the trophy as he and teammates celebrate after winning the MLS Cup championship soccer match against the New England Revolution Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Carson, Calif.
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Captain Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy hoists up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy on the podium as his Galaxy teammates cheer on after the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan celebrates after the team won the MLS Cup championship soccer match against the New England Revolution Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy won 2-1.
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Captain Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy hoists up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy on the podium as his Galaxy teammates cheer on after the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy plays against the New England Revolution and the Los Angeles Galaxy during the 2014 MLS Cup match at the at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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Captain Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy hoists up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy on the podium as his Galaxy teammates cheer on after the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy plays against Jermaine Jones of the New England Revolution as Juninho of the Galaxy looks on during the 2014 MLS Cup match at the at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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Captain Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy hoists up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy on the podium as his Galaxy teammates cheer on after the Galaxy defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy plays the ball past Andrew Farrell #2 of the New England Revolution in the first half during the 2014 MLS Cup match at StubHub Center on December 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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Update 3:00 p..m.: Galaxy soar past Revolution in overtime

Robbie Keane scored a brilliant breakaway goal in the 111th minute, and Landon Donovan retired as a champion Sunday with the LA Galaxy's 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup.

Gyasi Zardes scored in the 52nd minute as the Galaxy won their record fifth league title in the final game for Donovan, the MLS career scoring leader and most accomplished soccer player in U.S. history.

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Donovan, Keane and the Galaxy have won three of the last four league championships, celebrating all three on their home field.

After Chris Tierney scored the tying goal in the 79th minute for New England, both teams had golden opportunities before Keane capped his MVP season with the dynamic winner in the second period of extra time.

Marcelo Sarvas lobbed a long pass to the Irish striker, who gathered it and beat Bobby Shuttleworth with the same poise he showed throughout his 19-goal regular season. Keane celebrated with his usual cartwheel and a hug for Donovan.

Donovan became a champion for the record sixth time in his 14-year MLS career, adding his fourth title with the Galaxy to a pair earned early in his career with San Jose. Coach Bruce Arena won his record fifth MLS Cup for the Galaxy, who haven't lost at home since their season opener.

The 32-year-old Donovan announced his retirement in August, saying he had lost passion for his sport. He still followed the lead of former teammate David Beckham by winning the MLS Cup in his final game.

Despite an outstanding second half and several extra-time chances, New England lost the final for the fifth time — including three times to the Galaxy on extra-time goals. Keane followed in the footsteps of Carlos Ruiz, who beat the Revs in 2002, and Guillermo Ramirez, who did it in 2005.

The Galaxy reached the final by knocking off Supporters' Shield-winning Seattle in the Western Conference finals on the strength of a single away goal. New England got here with a tremendous late-season surge capped by a victory over New York Red Bulls in the East final, ending the MLS career of Thierry Henry.

After a scoreless first half, Zardes got the first goal since Sept. 28 for the 23-year-old native of nearby Hawthorne, California. He erased his late-season slump when he settled a cross from Stefan Ishizaki in the box and slotted it past Bobby Shuttleworth.

But after the Galaxy missed numerous chances to add to their lead, New England pressed for an equalizer and silenced the sellout crowd.

Substitute Patrick Mullins got past Leonardo and Omar Gonzalez on a frantic run before chipping back to Tierney. The defender beat Jaime Penedo for his second playoff goal.

After Tierney's equalizer drained the energy from the Galaxy and their crowd, Teal Bunbury pinged a chip shot off Penedo's crossbar in the 85th minute.

Penedo made a difficult stop on a shot by Mullins in the first extra-time period, Donovan got a free kick early in the second period just atop the penalty area, but sailed it over the bar.

New England pressed after Keane's goal, but Penedo made another huge save on Mullins.

This story has been updated.

Update 9:26 a.m.: Donovan hopes to lead Galaxy past Revs

Everything is in place for a Hollywood ending to Landon Donovan's career.

Donovan and the LA Galaxy are playing for the MLS Cup title on their home field Sunday. League MVP Robbie Keane and his talented teammates are determined to send Donovan into early retirement with the franchise's record fifth championship.

"If anyone deserves to go out on a high, it's certainly Landon," Keane said.

The only obstacles to this big finish are the New England Revolution, and Donovan realizes they're a big problem.

After a late-season surge coinciding with the arrival of U.S. World Cup star Jermaine Jones, the Revs are rolling toward the first MLS Cup victory for one of the league's original franchises. A week after ending Thierry Henry's career in the Eastern Conference finals, they relish the chance to be spoilers on Donovan's big day.

"Landon is an excellent player, a legend, and his legacy will certainly stand on its own," New England coach Jay Heaps said. "We're sticking to our process. All that other stuff is just noise."

While Keane and Donovan lead MLS' most productive offense, the Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Rogers are the keys on the league's stingiest defense. Lee Nguyen and the Revolution realize they've got a daunting task, but they also have ample momentum and arguably much less pressure on their shoulders.

"Our team has been through so much, and we're almost complete," said Nguyen, the MVP finalist in midfield. "This is our best chance to get the Cup."

While Donovan radiates calm before his final game, he recognizes the symmetry in this finish. He hopes to follow in the triumphant footsteps of David Beckham, who won an MLS title at home in his final game in 2012.

"It's different because this is it, regardless of the score or the outcome or whatever," Donovan said. "I just want to play, and we want to win a championship, and after that I'll think about the rest. But I gave myself a few days early in the week to really understand the finality of it, and now it's a game."

Here are some more things to watch when Donovan's career and MLS' 19th season end at StubHub Center:

OWNING THE CUP 

The MLS finalists are owned by two of the most important figures in this still-fledgling league's history. Robert Kraft has owned and steadily supported the Revolution since their inception, while Galaxy owner Phil Anschutz once owned more than half of MLS' teams during the league's lean years. "They've brought a lot to soccer that they don't get a lot of credit for," said Heaps, a former Revolution player. "This whole thing is here because of what they were able to do and maintain. The league in those meek years ... there were a couple of owners that stepped up big, and the Kraft family was one of them, along with Mr. Anschutz as well."

BRIDESMAIDS NO MORE?:

New England lost four MLS Cup finals in six years during the middle of the last decade, but the Revs are determined to shake any stigma as the Buffalo Bills of U.S. soccer. History doesn't interest Jones, who has no connection to New England's past. "When I made my decision, I wished it would be like it is right now," Jones said. "We can make it happen that New England has a trophy for the first time. I don't like to lose one game."

FAMILY BONDS:

The Galaxy are among the most cohesive teams Bruce Arena has ever coached, and their bond was strengthened by tragedy this season. The players and staff rallied around defender A.J. De La Garza and his wife, Megan, when they lost their newborn son, Luca, to a congenital heart defect in late August. "We have a family here, and we always stick together," Keane said.

HOMECOMING GAME:

Although Jones ended up in New England thanks to a blind draw when he agreed to an MLS move, the German-born-and-raised veteran has lived in nearby Encino, California, for the past four years with his wife and their five children. The couple hosted a dinner recently for several of his Revolution teammates at their house, which was once owned by actress Tori Spelling. Jones signed an 18-month contract with the Revolution, getting more than $4 million to join MLS.

GALAXY WISDOM:

While New England has no MLS titles, the Galaxy have several players with multiple MLS Cup victories in their recent history. "I think we have advantages in that we've done this before, and we kind of know the routine," said Arena, who is seeking his fifth title. "We have experienced players. We have great leadership on the team. We understand what it's about."