MLS Playoffs

Mr. Reliable: LA Galaxy hail "underrated" defensive mainstay AJ DeLaGarza for career year

Mr. Reliable: Galaxy hail "underrated" DeLaGarza for career year

CARSON, Calif. -- Is it possible to be revered and underrated at the same time?

That seems to be A.J. DeLaGarza's fate. He's one of the most consistent backline players in American soccer and perhaps the best defender on the Galaxy roster, but although he's greatly valued by teammates and opponents alike, he rarely sees the kind of accolades and praise that goes to, say, Galaxy teammate Omar Gonzalez.

Armchair Analyst: Tactical preview of LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution in MLS Cup

Not up on the tactics? The Armchair Analyst breaks down #LAvNE for you

This will be a game of opposites. The LA Galaxy and New England Revolution are vastly dissimilar teams, and that usually makes for interesting games. I'm guessing that's what this year's MLS Cup (Sunday, 3 pm ET; ESPN | ESPN Deportes | UniMas | Univision Deportes | TSN1 | RDS2 | WatchESPN) will be.

For New England Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen, a rugged road to MLS stardom

How America's forgotten No. 10 made it to MLS
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Lee Nguyen with art treatment

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Editor's Note: This story originally ran on Sept. 19. Lee Nguyen and the New England Revolution will play for the MLS Cup title against the LA Galaxy on Sunday (3 pm ET on ESPN, UniMas, UDN, TSN1, RDS2).

Lee Nguyen could do almost anything he wanted on the field in Vietnam. But getting to the bus after the game was another story.

VIDEO: Want to know what New England Revolution pride is all about? Watch the latest MLS Insider

VIDEO: Want to know what New England pride is all about? Watch this MLS Insider

The New England Revolution may have made it to MLS Cup on four prior occasions, but this one has more of a New England feel to it.

MLS Cup: Arrival of Jermaine Jones brings "real swagger" to young New England Revolution squad

Getting their swagger on: Jermaine Jones' attitude rubbing off on Revs

CARSON, California – Seven years after their last MLS Cup appearance, the New England Revolution have their swagger back.

They’ve done it with a player turned financial advisor turned head coach. They’ve done it with a one-time US soccer prodigy who was cut before ever playing an MLS game. They’ve done it with a starting striker most expected would never play the game again after a deadly car accident five years ago.

WATCH: LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane delivers Braveheart-like pregame speech | MLS Insider

WATCH: LA's Keane delivers Braveheart-like pregame speech | MLS Insider

Robbie Keane is the man.

He's LA Galaxy captain, reigning Volkswagen MVP, scorer of a career-high 19 goals and 14 assists, and deliverer of Braveheart-quality pregame speeches.

Aloe Blacc will sing the US national anthem at MLS Cup 2014 on Sunday at StubHub Center

Find out who will be singing the national anthem at MLS Cup 2014 on Sunday

You know him for the singles "I Need a Dollar," "The Man," and for his part in Avicii's "Wake Me Up" song which was a global hit.

On Sunday you'll know him as the singer of the US national anthem at MLS Cup 2014 (3 pm ET on ESPN, UniMas, UDN, TSN1 and RDS2) between the LA Galaxy and New England Revolution.

10 minutes with MLS Cup referee Mark Geiger on MLS Cup, the World Cup and his style of officiating

Find out how the refs will prepare for MLS Cup: 10 minutes with Mark Geiger

Want to hear from some of the notable names around the league? contributing editor Alicia Rodriguez spends 10 minutes talking to some of the big names in North American soccer.

Mindblower: How Gyasi Zardes put down the mic and grew into MLS's top young striker

LA's Zardes caps breakout year at MLS Cup: Can he be the hero?

Editor's Note: This article originally ran on on Oct. 23.

CARSON, Calif. – Gyasi Zardes made quite the first impression on MLS.

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