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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robbie Keane is the man.
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.
Want to hear from some of the notable names around the league? MLSsoccer.com contributing editor Alicia Rodriguez spends 10 minutes talking to some of the big names in North American soccer.
Editor's Note: This article originally ran on MLSsoccer.com on Oct. 23.
CARSON, Calif. – Gyasi Zardes made quite the first impression on MLS.