2012 MLS Cup: Three Thoughts On LA’s Repeat

2012 MLS Cup: Three Thoughts On LA’s Repeat

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 3, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Cup, Features

LA climbed back up the mountain top for a second straight season. (Getty Images)

Saturday was a fun and wild ride to cap off a long 2012 MLS season. The LA Galaxy proved once again that they were the superior squad as they bested the Houston Dynamo 3-1 to win the 2012 MLS Cup.

I took in the game with some local fans here in Dallas who easily cheered against the Dynamo. Most of the fans would tell you that they’d rather not cheer for anyone in the game but the edge went to LA in the end since they hate Houston that much. It was rather amusing to listen to.

Anyways, I have a few final thoughts on Saturday’s game to share.

1. Houston will be stronger in 2013. 

Did they dominate the game? Maybe. Should they have won? I am not so sure of it. LA was always going to win that game in my mind but the Dynamo showed one thing is clear with them, they’ll be very good in 2013. More allocation will come in for making the MLS Cup and getting another trip to the CCL. Not to mention they’ll have the CCL to deal with next spring.

But look at what Dominic Kinnear as built with this group. The midfield is set and could use a little depth, the forward situation looks to be in good hands with Will Bruin and the defense will only get stronger in my mind.

2. Beckham’s final game was done correctly

You have to in a way smile when you look at how things finished up for David Beckham. I know some folks won’t care to hear this but it was probably a good thing for the league to se Beckham go out on top here.

Still, the way the game went, Beckham and the Galaxy rose to the occasion, especially in the second half being down a goal. You could sense that with the first goal scored by Omar Gonzalez that this group wasn’t going to let up and that more were going to come. And they did, in the form of a Landon Donovan penalty kick and a Robbie Keane penalty kick.

Not so the fitting end with the PKs but still enough that let the Galaxy go out on top.

3. How good was Gonzalez for LA?

I’ll say this after reviewing the game on Sunday, Gonzalez was a beast and was probably the easiest call for MVP in my book. Keane had a nice day, Beckham was alright, Donovan could have had it had he scored the early goal.

Gonzalez was straight up dominate against Houston. He scored the tying goal, kept Bruin away from doing anything dangerous and kept things organized in the back to the point where Houston really didn’t get enough good chances to do anything worthwhile other than the Calen Carr goal.