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Los Angeles Galaxy, Houston Dynamo to meet in 2011 MLS Cup

The Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS Cup? No surprise. David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Co. were the class of the league through the regular season and maintained their stride through the playoffs, culminating with a classy 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Sunday evening. Donovan converted a penalty, Beckham set up Mike Magee for the go-ahead goal, and Robbie Keane sealed passage.

The Houston Dynamo? Second seed in the East, but a surprise nonetheless. Houston was winless on the road for six months, then won its final two regular season away affairs, opened the playoffs by winning at Philadelphia and, after capping that series at home, defeated host Sporting Kansas City, 2-0, on Sunday.

Since a 3-0 loss at Kansas City on Sept. 10, the Dynamo is 7-0-2 and has conceded just six goals. Unfortunately, MVP candidate Brad Davis suffered a quadriceps injury Sunday that is likely to prevent him from playing in the final.

For details about the Nov. 20 final, jump to the continuation of this thread. But first, video from the conference finals.....

Houston-Kansas City video:


Los Angeles-Real Salt Lake video:



When: Sunday, Nov. 20, kickoff sometime after 9:15 p.m. ET.

Where: Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

TV: ESPN, Galavision.

Season series: Galaxy, 1-0, at home May 25 (Donovan 45th); Dynamo, 3-1, at home Oct. 23 (Moffat 27th, Boswell 48th, Costly 74th; McBean 88th — Galaxy rested its regulars).

Galaxy at HDC this year: 14-0-5, 10 goals conceded.

‘Home’ teams in MLS Cup: 1997 D.C. United (defeated Colorado Rapids, 2-1), 2002 New England Revolution (lost to Galaxy, 1-0, in extra time).

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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