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The Revolution are taking on the Galaxy at Pizza Hut Park with the kickoff in a matter of moments. The Revolution have been the top team in the East all season long, while the Galaxy struggled and had to upset San Jose and Colorado to get this far.

Key matchups:

Landon Donovan vs. Michael Parkhurst:
Parkhurst has been one of the few players who have played every minute this season in the MLS. While he is just a rookie, he has been a solid centerback anchoring the three man backline for the Revolution.

Cobi Jones vs. Steve Ralston:
Both are ten year vets of the MLS, with Jones spending all ten years with the Galaxy. Despite their age, they are arguably the top wingers in the league and will be looking to send balls in for the forwards.

Galaxy defense and Kevin Hartman vs. Taylor Twellman and Pat Noonan:
Twellman led the league with 17 goals and won MLS MVP honors this year as well as the Golden Boot. He and Noonan play at their best together and will be looking to put some goals on the board to give the Revs the championship.

This is a rematch of the 2002 MLS Cup played in Foxboro. The Galaxy took that matchup on an extra-time goal by Carlos Ruiz, which was the lone score of the match.
 

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Herculez Gomez thought he had the first goal of the match in the sixth. Both he and Donovan broke through the back line. Gomez received a pass and chipped one over Matt Reis, but was called offsides.
 

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Full time saw ten yellows and zero goals. They'll go to overtime, where they'll play the full 30. If its still tied, penalty kicks will decide the MLS Champion.

For the Revolution, Daniel Hernandez, Joe Franchino, Shalrie Jospehy, James Riley and Jay Heaps received yellows. Pat Noonan and Hernandez were both subbed for injury. Hernandez had groin issues. There was a fire drill in my building, so I missed what happened to Noonan, though he has been carrying ankle and hamstring injuries all year long. Jose Cancela entered for Noonan, shifting Dempsey up to forward with Twellman. Andy Dorman entered for Hernandez.

For the Galaxy, Todd Dunivant, Paulo Nagamura, Tyrone Marshall, Herculez Gomez, and Chris Albright received yellows. Ned Grabavoy left the match, replaced by Guillermo Ramirez.

The Revolution have played poorly as they have been trying to send the ball forward up the middle, rather than focusing on wing play. Not having Marshall Leonard and Khano Smith, the first two choices to play opposite Steve Ralston, is hurting the team significantly.
 

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Guillermo Rodriguez hits in the 107th to make the score 1-0 in favor of the Galaxy. Ryan Latham enters for the Revolution, James Riley goes to the bench.

Latham is the fourth string wing midfielder.

Revs should be sending everyone and their mother, and Clint Dempsey's 95 year old greatgrandmother forward to get the tying score.

It would help if anyone could just get one single cross in, whether it be off a free kick or in the run of play. Every single cross is either ****, or blocked.
 

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Miserable performance by the Revolution.

Without Marshall Leonard or Khano Smith available to play on the opposite side of Ralston, the Galaxy only needed to defend a two thirds of the width of the field as James Riley is worthless on the attack. Ralston has all of the moves to get through someone one on one (which is generally how he plays), but doesn't have the speed to split defenders. He was not able to get in to the 18 and his crosses were usually blocked by the help defender, or they were poor because he needed to get them up high or around the defense.

The Revs had a few chances with their huge height advantage on corners, but Shalrie Joseph missed both opportunities and Ugo Ihemlyu (totally misspelled) got his head on a brilliant shot by Cancela to send it wide.

In penalties, I'd like the Revs, but they couldn't get it there after a brilliant shot by Il Pando.
 
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