MLS Cup: Galaxy vs. Dynamo

December 1, 2012

We have reached the end of MLS’s 17th season, a campaign that began with training camps in late January and concludes at Home Depot Center on the first day of December with a championship rematch between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.

TV: ESPN, Telefutura, 4:30 p.m. ET.

Kickoff: 4:55 p.m.

Announcers: Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman.

Referee: Silviu Petrescu.

Weather at kickoff: 67 degrees, cloudy, 75 percent humidity, 10 percent chance of rain. 

For my 17th MLS Cup, joining Soccer America’s Ridge Mahoney and New York-based scribe Michael Lewis as the only reporters to attend every final, I wrote about — what else? — David Beckham’s farewell and legacy. The story received prominent play on the front of the print edition.

The last MLS travelogue culinary recommendation of the year: Soba noodles with tempura at I-naba in Torrance.

HOU lineup: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Garcia, Clark, Moffat, Davis; Bruin, Carr. Subs: Deric, Hainault, Barnes, Camargo, Kandji, Weaver, Ching.

LA lineup: Saunders; Franklin, Gonzalez, Meyer, Dunivant; Wilhelmsson, Juninho, Beckham, Magee; Donovan, Keane. Subs: Perk, DeLaGarza, Gaul, Stephens, Sarvas, Noonan, Buddle.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in the comments section.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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