2012 MLS Cup final

All the latest news, notes and analysis about the upcoming MLS Cup final.

MLS saw big ratings bump on Spanish broadcast

Combined with the ESPN audience, nearly 1.3 million people watched the MLS Cup on Saturday.

Omar's dominant Cup-winning 5 minutes

For a five minute period during the MLS Cup final, Omar Gonzalez was completely impossible to defend. Sometimes, a player is just too dominant for good defending and intelligent tactics to slow...

Galaxy repeat as MLS Cup champions

David Beckham (and possibly Landon Donovan) gets to leave the LA Galaxy in style. For the second straight year, they're MLS Cup champions, following their 3-1 defeat of the Houston Dynamo.

Galaxy, Dynamo can bolster dynasty bonafides

Either Galaxy or Dynamo have a chance at winning their third MLS Cup in eight years.

It's the MLS Cup, Not the Becks Farewell Match.

You're so vain, I bet you think this match is about you...It's MLS Cup time and although it may seem like there's only one team (and one player) competing, the Houston Dynamo may have something to...

Silence is a source of great strength


While everyone talks about Beckham, the Dynamo are quietly working on a plan to spoil the party. Here's why they'll accomplish their goal.

Playoffs are awesome, but MLS needs to fix theirs

With no promotion-relegation battles, MLS playoffs are one of the things that keep fans interested, but that doesn't mean we can't make them better.

2012 MLS Cup: Soccer Media "Wags the Dog"


In the latest Ordinary Orange Observations, I take a look at how soccer media is covering the departure of David Beckham more than they should, taking focus off a great soccer championship game.

LA Galaxy continue forward march to MLS Cup


With their backs against it, the LA Galaxy were able to turn their season around, and now host MLS Cup after looking like they might finish at the bottom of the table.

No Respect! No Respect? Maybe not.


If you are hoping for a 'Can't get no respect' a la Rodney Dangerfield article then you may be disappointed. But if you want to see who it really is that's ignoring the Dynamo then you may find the...

The era of the 'Designated Player Curse' is over

For the first time in league history, two teams with at least one DP will meet in the MLS Cup final. Might DPs be a must for future champions?

Who ya got? Bloggers share MLS Cup biases

SB Nation's MLS bloggers have all sorts of reasons why they'll be rooting for the Houston Dynamo or the LA Galaxy on Saturday.

I hate the MLS Playoffs

I've accepted the fact that the MLS playoffs are here to stay, but that doesn't mean I can't dream of a day the league would break away from this American sports tradition

MLS Cup 2012 preview

Former USMNT defender and KickTV host Jimmy Conrad visits the SB Nation studio to preview Saturday's MLS Cup.

Counting on Kandji


Mac Kandji created multiple chances for himself against DCU, but squandered them all. DT looks at this concerning trend, and suggests a way for him to make an impact against LA in the final.

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