Originally posted on American Soccer News  |  Last updated 11/21/11

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 24: David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy warms up prior to the MLS match against the San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center on October 24, 2009 in Carson, California. The Galaxy defeated the Earthquakes 2-0. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
It didn’t feel like one day, or even a whole season was riding on Sunday night’s MLS Cup matchup. No, for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Sunday night’s final against the Houston Dynamo had more like a weight of five years. From the moment David Beckham arrived in Los Angeles in 2007, to all the ups and downs, to Bruce Arena coming in as head coach and general manager a year later to the midseason acquisition of Robbie Keane this year, all the attention, all the pressure, all the weight was on the Los Angeles Galaxy to win the 2011 MLS Cup. Well, after 90 minutes and one strike from Landon Donovan, all off the pressure, whatever you want to call it, its all out the window now, as a 75th minute strike in which all of LA’s three Designated Players took part was all LA needed to hold off a resilient Dynamo squad 1-0 and celebrate the Galaxy’s third MLS Cup title in front of 30,281 rabid fans at the Home Depot Center. “This year, we were determined,” Arena said. “We worked our asses off to buil...
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