Bruce Arena and Landon Donovan have experienced their share of joyous triumphs together during their lengthy tenure as coach and player. From the number of important victories with the U.S. national team, to their many triumphs in the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
All that history aside, there may not have been a sweeter victory for them to share than Sunday night's MLS Cup Final victory over the Houston Dynamo. It marked the third MLS championship for each of them, but the redemption both men gained in securing that title is what has to make it stand out from the rest.
Consider that at this time two years ago, Landon Donovan could be seen sulking in his locker after the 2009 MLS Cup Final loss to Real Salt Lake. Having just missed a penalty kick in the decisive shootout, Donovan was clearly deflated and left wondering how things could have gone so wrong for a Galaxy team that seemed destined to lift a trophy.
Four years ago at this time, Arena wasn't competing ...