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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!

MLS Cup Video Notebook: Commish Don Garber says league still losing $100 million a year and more

Check out the latest from this New England Revolution video the club posted on YouTube today.

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Weekly Soccer Column: New England Revolution face uphill battle against history, destiny and LA Galaxy in MLS Cup Sunday in Carson

MLS Best XI

Goalkeeper – Bill Hamid (D.C. United)

Defender – Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC)

Defender – Bobby Boswell (D.C. United)

Defender – Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

Midfielder – Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

Midfielder – Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)

Midfielder – Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

Midfielder – Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

Forward – Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)

Forward – Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

Forward – Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC)

The stage is set for the LA Galaxy-New England Revolution MLS Cup Sunday in the South Bay in this week’s column.

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Major League Soccer Western Conference Final: LA Galaxy to host MLS Cup in Carson in fitting Landon Donovan career finale after downing SoundersFC in Seattle

Phil Collin has the game story.

Quotable:

“We knew before the game that we needed a goal,” said Galaxy striker Robbie Keane. “Them scoring two goals didn’t really change much to be honest. The only thing it did do is help us come out and attack a bit more. They were creating a hell of a lot of great chances. I think actually in a weird way them scoring two goals helped us.”

Notable:

Since the start of the 2009 season, the LA Galaxy have hosted 14 playoff games in Carson, including MLS Cup 2011 and 2012. In those 14 games, the Galaxy are 12-2-0 and 28-5-1 all-time in home playoff games.

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MLS Playoffs Sunday: Seattle Sounders FC V. LA Galaxy live at 6 pm. on ESPN

The penultimate game of the MLS season is upon us — and potentially Landon Donovan’s last act as a pro before retiring should the Galaxy fail to knock off Seattle and book a home MLS Cup date date against the New England Revolution, victors Saturday over the New York Red Bulls.

Los Angeles News Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin is on the ground in Seattle and filed this game preview.

Here’s the Seattle perspective.

Galaxy player to watch: Stefan Ishizaki.

Are you ready?

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MLS Playoffs: New England defeats New York Red Bulls, awaits winner of LA Galaxy-Seattle Sounders in MLS Cup

If the romantics out there (and MLS suits dreaming of relatively big ratings) wanted a Landon Donovan V. Thierry Henry MLS Cup, the revitalized New England Revolution and their collection of American stars that reflect a nation of immigrants begged to differ Saturday knocking off the highly paid stars from the Big Apple and awaiting the winner of Sunday’s Galaxy-Sounders Western Conference final.

It was apt that $3.6 million Aussie Tim Cahill, among the most highly paid MLS imports, should miss a sitter that had Henry shaking his head on the wing while German-American Jermaine Jones, Vietnamese-American Lee Nguyen (supposedly now on the radar of EPL clubs) and African-American Charlie Davies, five years removed from that crash that almost killed him and wrecked his national team career, all did exactly what they needed to do to reach MLS Cup.

Now, will the Galaxy join them?

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Weekend TV Soccer Preview: MLS Playoffs and English Premier League

MLSfinals

West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal kick of the EPL weekend at 4:45 a.m. on NBCSN, followed by Manchester United-Hull City, but game of the weekend is Manchester City against high-flying Southampton at 5:30 a.m. Sunday on NBCSN

Stats and news on all the EPL games can be found here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: MLS Playoff Shootout in Seattle Sunday for LA Galaxy-Sounders

1124_SPO_LDN_L-GALAXY-WLGoal scorer Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho celebrate Sunday as the Galaxy take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of the Western Conference Final Sunday in Seattle. (Photo by Staff photographer Will Lester).

MLS2014Read more about the series with a place at MLS Cup at stake in this week’s column.

Incidentally, the Galaxy expect both A.J. DeLaGarza and Marcelo Sarvas, both subbed out Sunday with injury concerns, to be available for selection this weekend.

The Galaxy will face Chad Marshall on the Seattle back line; he was named MLS Defender of the Year today, while his Galaxy counterpart DeLaGarza was named MLS Humanitarian of the Year.

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Monday Major League Soccer Video Highlights: LA Galaxy-Sounders, NYRB-New England Revolution

Two engrossing games, finely poised for the return legs.

Los Angeles News Group Galaxy beat writer Phil Collin has the MLS Western Conference final game story, while the Seattle view is here.

A photo gallery is here.

More in Tuesday’s column.

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