MLS Cup 2014: Galaxy 2-1 Revolution
New England, quite surprisingly, came on late to earn second place in the Eastern Conference following a 10-match winless streak through the summer. That skid included a 5-1 thrashing in Los Angeles.
MVP-candidate Lee Nguyen led the way for New England with 18 goals that season and summer-signing Jermaine Jones added some creativity and steadiness to midfield. The Revs used depth and grittiness to march through the playoffs into the final hosted by West winner LA.
The Galaxy were the heavy favorites and nearly scored inside the first minute. But New England steadied and forced a first-half stalemate.
Gyasi Zardes opened the scoring for LA early in the second half, the first time a goal was scored in regulation between the teams in Cup Final history. The Revs tied it when Chris Tierney scored late in the second half. And New England nearly grabbed a late winner, had Teal Bunbury’s chip shot dipped an inch lower instead of hitting the bar.
The 90 minutes ended 1-1, and LA would score the winner late in the second half of extra time. Remember that Robbie Keane guy? Well he won MVP that season and really rubbed salt in the Revs wound with the game-winner.