MLSsoccer.com polled 22 of our editors, writers, videographers, statistics specialists and social media masters to bring you the Stories of the Year, our annual look at the top 10 biggest storylines in Major League Soccer. Contributor Scott French continues our countdown at No. 4.
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy this year played some of the most brilliant soccer Major League Soccer has seen, amid a season of storylines fitting of a Hollywood tale, ending only as it could have – with an MLS Cup title.
If so, you were among nearly two million people in the US that watched the championship game, according to numbers released by Major League Soccer on Wednesday. The viewership numbers, combining television (both English- and Spanish-language broadcasts) and digital platforms, represented a 93-percent increase over MLS Cup 2013.
CARSON, Calif. -- As the LA Galaxy prepared for their fourth MLS Cup title appearance in six years, head coach Bruce Arena didn't want to talk dynasty.
“I don't like to hear it, to be honest with you,” he responded when the “D” word was uttered. “I don't like hearing that. You've got to prove things on the field. If you win something, then you can talk afterward. Talking before doesn't make any sense to me.”
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. – The LA Galaxy and their fans bid Landon Donovan farewell Monday night when the club celebrated its fifth MLS Cup championship with a rally at the base of the Hermosa Beach Pier.
Now LA need to figure out how to replace their departing legend.
The sting of defeat may be fresh, but the New England Revolution must begin to pick up the pieces by looking at their triumphant run which left them just one goal shy of bringing the organization their first MLS Cup championship.
This is a team that just two years ago missed the postseason for the third straight season and a team that suffered through an eight-game losing streak before rallying strong to close out the campaign.
CARSON, Calif. – The party was raucous in the LA Galaxy's locker room Sunday afternoon after they claimed their third MLS Cup title in four years, but for A.J. DeLaGarza, the celebration was rather bittersweet.