The DVD is the A&E-produced History of the MLS Cup, which was released just before last year’s championship game.
I was sent two review copies (that I haven’t looked at) so will give one sealed, never-viewed 91-minute history of the cup (great for re-gifting this holiday season!) to the person who correctly predicts the score of Sunday’s game in the comments section of this blog post. Feel free to explain your reasoning, too. If more than one reader chooses the correct score, I’ll draw a name at random.
Winners of previous contests on this blog are ineligible this time around, BTW. The deadline is 5 p.m. Sunday. I’ll notify the winner via e-mail Monday.
Need help figuring out the score?
Former Galaxy Coach Sigi Schmid told me this week via e-mail that “I think this is the Salt Lake Cinderella story. Too much speed up top. (Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan) Ricketts is due to make an error – do not ask me why – just a hunch.”
And for what it’s worth, the Galaxy will win its third MLS Cup with a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at Qwest Field in Seattle, WA, if you believe an official EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 10 videogame simulation of the MLS Cup final using the Xbox 360.
The Galaxy’s Landon Donovan shreds the RSL defense in this screen shot.
Here’s how the simulation went:
The Galaxy led 2-0 early in the second half and then survived a frantic comeback attempt by Real Salt Lake to capture its third MLS title.
Edson Buddle (40th minute) and Landon Donovan (59th minute) gave the Galaxy a 2-0 lead. Late in the first half, Buddle received a smooth pass from Eddie Lewis just left of the penalty mark and fired a rocket with his left foot past RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Donovan then made it 2-0 after he pounced on a rebound off a Mike Magee shot, controlled the ball and gently slide it into an empty net while Rimando was still on the ground.
Javier Morales gave Real Salt Lake hope when he fired a shot from 18 yards out past Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. Salt Lake pressed forward for the equalizer over the final 14 minutes but Ricketts turned back the only dangerous shot, a Clint Mathis blast from the right side, four minutes from the end of regulation.
Galaxy outshot Real Salt Lake 16-5. Donovan was named Man of the Match after firing six shots on goal and scoring the game-winner.