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By Evan Ream

I’m genuinely excited for this game, as I am for all MLS Cups, even if something predictable happens. I started watching MLS Cup in 2004 and have never been treated to a bad game. Even the worse games of the seven I have watched live went to overtime. I don’t think this game will be bad, I think it will actually pretty much mirror the best one I have seen: MLS Cup 2008.

The Galaxy will start off strong and get a goal in the first half – Robbie Keane is my pick to get it – and cruise to halftime leading 1-0. After the half, one of the Dynamo’s 394702347230 six footers will equalize setting up a dramatic finish in which Keane will score twice after the 85th minute. Yes, I’m predicting the first hat-trick in MLS Cup history. I think Keane is on really good form and will exploit the Houston backline with smart runs.

Houston still has a chance in this game, but I think that they just don’t have enough quality. They will probably have to score two or three goals on set pieces to win this game, and with Brad Davis out, I just don’t see that happening.

Prediction: L.A. Galaxy 3 Houston Dynamo 1

MVP: Robbie Keane

By Evan Ream

This Sunday, the L.A. Galaxy will take on the Houston Dynamo at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. to decide who will win the 16th MLS Cup. This is my first of two team previews.

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By Evan Ream

Jeff Cunningham (134), Jaime Moreno (133), Landon Donovan (114), Ante Razov (114), Jason Kreis (108) and Taylor Twellman (101) make up the exclusive list of MLS players that have scored 100 or more regular season goals. The drop off after Twellman is pretty significant, as the next highest goal total is 90 goals (Edson Buddle). So, who will be the next MLS Player to tally 100 career strikes? It won’t happen this year, but it could happen next year. Here are the candidates:

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By Evan Ream

I’m still on vacation so this won’t be as long as I’d like under normal circumstances, but I HAD to weigh in on last night’s USA vs. Mexico game in which new coach Jürgen Klinsmann made his debut after five years of anticipation.

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By TSL Staff

 

Even though the result of the match SUCKED ASS, AO Davis and TSL (minus Jamaal, that loser who did not attend) had a great time supporting the US. Here is our trip documentation, from the road trip down to Los Angeles, to the delicious pancake puppies that tried to make up for the US’ loss.

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By Evan Ream

 

Spain beat USA 4-0 Saturday. It could have been 10-0 and the disgrace would have been just the same. For the first time since I have been watching the USMNT (since 2005), they were outclassed in every single facet of the game. If that wasn’t enough, no one on the USA side seemed to even care; they sleepwalked through the entire game. USA was absolutely terrible, and it was the best thing that could have happened to them.

 

Imagine a scenario much like the one in the Confederations Cup semifinal when USA beat Spain. Back in 2009, USA won their game and then went into the Brazil game overconfident and blew a two-goal lead in less than 45 minutes. If USA had gotten a result against Spain this time two things could have happened:

 

Less likely scenario: USA gets a result and gains confidence and plays with a lot of confidence and a little desire en route to their 5th Gold Cup title.

 

More likely scenario: USA goes out and says to themselves, “We got a result against Spain, and were only playing (insert CONCACAF team X)” and gets upset. This may not have happened in the group stage, but it likely would have happened when it mattered, in the knock out rounds.

 

This is all purely speculation, but you can see those scenarios happening, right?

 

Now since USA lost 4-0 and were completely outclassed all day, I can only imagine one scenario happening: USA go out like a pissed off Keyser Soze and absolutely tear apart everything and everyone in their way to prove that they’re a top side. 2-0 isn’t good enough. USA put up a couple of four and five spots against some smaller teams and puts in a convincing performance against Mexico in the final.

 

Once again, this could very well not happen, but you can imagine it right?

 

When was the last time USA played with the passion to prove their doubters wrong? I believe it came in the World Cup where they played some of the best soccer ever seen by USMNT supporters. I think the talk about the USMNT jumping the shark that happened after the Spain game is completely wrong and uncalled for. Don’t believe me? Tune in on Tuesday to see USA beat Canada 5-0.

 

Note: this month with the Gold Cup happening, I will be shifting away from MLS as I don’t think I can watch enough games to provide good enough commentary.

By Evan Ream

The 11th CONCACAF Gold Cup will kick off this Sunday with Costa Rica taking on Cuba. USA will look to match Mexico’s five Gold Cup titles, while Mexico will look to go two ahead of the US. Canada, the only other champion with 1, also brought a strong squad that they hope to contend with. For a look at the tournament bracket go here. Here are my picks for the tournament:

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