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23.08.2019 03:35
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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - As we inch closer to Major League Soccers showpiece event, its safe to say we are getting two teams that are in the best form throughout the playoffs. So often you dont get the two best teams, but the Los Angeles Galaxy and New England Revolution have nearly been unstoppable since the final month-plus of the regular season and into the postseason. There are plenty of interesting subplots to follow for both clubs leading up to the game. Will Landon Donovan end his career with another MLS Cup title? Could a win for New England signal the beginning of another period of dominance circa the mid-00s when the club trotted out stars such as Clint Dempsey, Taylor Twellman, Michael Parkhurst and others. The Galaxy will be gunning to become the first club in MLS history to win five titles, with New England aiming for its first while also trying to erase the memory of three consecutive MLS Cup losses from 2005-2007. So which side will hoist the Philip F. Anschutz trophy? Heres TSNs positional breakdown of Sundays match. FORWARDS Its a case of contrasting styles and philosophies when it comes to comparing the forwards from New England and Los Angeles. The Revs have been riding their relative youth all season, while the veteran- laden Galaxy have two of the best forwards in the short history of Major League Soccer. On the back of Donovan and Robbie Keane, the Galaxy fired home 69 goals over the course of 38 regular-season games, and amazingly, the team really didnt hit its stride until after the World Cup in late June. Donovan notched 10 goals and added 19 assists, while Keane buried an MLS- career best 19 goals and chipped in an impressive 14 assists. Add to that the pace of Gyasi Zardes and the bruising, physical presence of Alan Gordon coming off the bench as a substitute, and the Galaxy may have the best attack corps in the league. For New England, its been a bit of a rotation as far as who gets the starting nod. The Revs endured an eight-match losing streak at one point during the regular season, but emerged and caught fire down the stretch thanks to some excellent play from Teal Bunbury and Charlie Davies. Davies has been the clubs inspirational leader of late as the New Hampshire native, who nearly lost his life in a auto accident in October of 2009, has powered the Revs through the playoffs with four goals, including two in the clinching match against New York in the East finals. Bunbury was acquired by the Revolution in a trade with Sporting Kansas City in the offseason and has rounded into form down the stretch with four goals. The 24-year-old is a quick, versatile player who can play as a lone striker or underneath in a supporting role. Add in rookies Patrick Mullins and Steve Neumann, who can play as a forward or midfielder, and the Revs have a talented, young strike force that should serve them well for years to come. Unfortunately, even if you had Davies, Bunbury, Mullins and Neumann on the field at the same time, you might not get as much production as you would from a power couple like Donovan and Keane. EDGE: LOS ANGELES GALAXY MIDFIELD The midfield is the crux of the attack for any club, and both sides have shown the ability over the course of the season to be able to change formations freely and still dominate the middle of the park. If you can control the middle of the field, you will be able to control the pace of the game. Jay Heaps club has shown the ability to adapt formations freely as they began the season in an unconventional 4-1-4-1 with Scott Caldwell sitting in front of the back four, while switching to a more standard 4-2-3-1 later in the season. The stars of New Englands midfield are Lee Nguyen and United States international Jermaine Jones. Nguyen has been exceptional all season and was on the shortlist of nominees for MLS MVP. Nguyen is a pacy, possession-oriented player who kills the opposition with late runs into the box that often result in easy goals for the Texas native, who fired home a career-best 18 and added five assists. Jones is a proven, powerful box-to-box midfielder who starred for the American squad at this summers World Cup and scored an outstanding goal against Portugal during the group stage. A veteran of the European game with German clubs Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke, Jones experience abroad as well as his time with the U.S. national team has allowed him to mesh perfectly with the Revolution. His presence in the midfield gives the club a major boost. Caldwell is a major asset on the defensive side of the ball, while Chris Tierney can provide excellent service into the forwards from either flank. There is plenty of quality in the Los Angeles midfield with Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Baggio Husidic and Stefan Ishizaki. Sarvas, Husidic and Ishizaki combined for 13 goals this season, an impressive total for midfield players, while Juninho was held without a goal, but he has been an integral part of the Galaxy for five seasons with his penchant for inch-perfect passing and the occasional long-range strike. Donovan will occasionally drop into the midfield to help keep possession and give the Galaxy more control of the game, but he isnt strictly a midfield player. All four of the above mentioned fit into the Galaxy picture well, but none of them can match the quality Nguyen and Jones have shown this season. EDGE: NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION DEFENDERS Both clubs come into Sundays showpiece event with solid back lines. New England has relied on veteran Jose Goncalves and promising youngster Andrew Farrell. But the defensive unit struggled at times during the season, yielding 46 goals over the course of the season. Goncalves was signed by the Revs in January of 2013 and has become the leader of the club with some exceptional play in the back. His first season in MLS yielded him the Defender of the Year award. He has excellent positional sense and is good in man-marking situations as well as defending set pieces in the air. Farrell was a No. 1 overall SuperDraft selection by the Revs in 2013 after trading with Toronto FC to grab the top spot. Farrell started his career as an outside back, but has shown the ability to move into the middle of the park with little trouble. Also able to slide into the middle next to Goncalves is A.J. Soares, who is in his fourth season with the Revs and has seen the club rise from the bottom of the league all the way to MLS Cup. Soares is a versatile back who can also play out wide if needed, but the Revs emotional leader at the back is Kevin Alston. Alston is in his sixth season with the Revs and has scored one goal. He was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in early April of 2013 and returned to the field as a second-half substitute on July 27 against D.C. United. The 26-year-old was then named the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year. Los Angeles, has the best defender on the field for either side in U.S. international Omar Gonzalez, along with central defense partner A.J. DeLaGarza. Gonzalez has been at the top of his game for most of the season and played a key role for the U.S. mens national team. He is a big, physical presence who is excellent in the air on set pieces, both defending and attacking as the Dallas native scored four goals during the regular season. DeLaGarza should be slotted next to Gonzalez, giving the Galaxy one of the best center-back pairings in the league. On the outside, Robbie Rogers has been playing left back recently, while Dan Gargan started at right back against Seattle. The left side could be where the Galaxy are perceived to be a bit weak as Rogers began his career as a midfielder and only recently moved to defense. Gargan has been a solid performer for Los Angeles when called upon, contributing five assists. Goncalves and Soares form an excellent pair, but Gonzalez and DeLaGarza are simply better, which gives Los Angeles the upper hand. EDGE: LOS ANGELES GALAXY COACHING The coaching matchup is a case of the master against the student in the coaching ranks as Bruce Arena patrols the sideline for the Galaxy, while Jay Heaps roams the technical area for New England. Arena is approaching legendary status within the U.S. coaching ranks. He is a four-time MLS Cup winner, a three-time Coach of the Year and a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Arena is also the all-time leader in wins amongst coaches in U.S. National Team history. He led the U.S. to the FIFA World Cup twice, including a historical quarterfinal berth in 2002 in Japan/Korea. The 62-year-old has a career regular-season record of 159-98-54 in MLS and a postseason mark of 27-9-4, including a 9-4-2 postseason record with the Galaxy. His 159 career regular-season wins are the second most in MLS history, while his 27 postseason wins are the most in league history, four more than Seattles Sigi Schmid. That is a resume any coach would struggle to top, but Heaps has done a nice job since taking the Revs post in 2012. Guiding the up-start, rebuilt Revs to a 9-17-8 record in his first season in 2012, Heaps turned the Revolution around in 2013, taking the team to a 14-11-9 record, 51 points -- the second-highest point total in club history -- and a return to the postseason. Despite falling to Sporting Kansas City in the postseason last year, the groundwork was laid and the Revs are reaping the benefits of Heaps work this season. An 11-year MLS veteran, Heaps anchored the Revolutions defense from 2001 until his retirement at the close of the 2009 season. He will be hoping to lead the Revs to their first MLS Cup title. EDGE: LOS ANGELES GALAXY Sundays game is shaping up to be a classic between two of the leagues marquee franchises. But with the match being held at StubHub Center, the Galaxy have another small edge. Well go for the storybook ending as Donovan will conclude his illustrious career with at least one goal and a fifth MLS Cup title. PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES 3, NEW ENGLAND 1 Greg Pateryn Jersey . Stepanek gave the Czech Republic its second straight Davis Cup title Sunday, sweeping past Dusan Lajovic in straight sets in the fifth and decisive match to secure a 3-2 win over Serbia in the final. Luke Kunin Wild Jersey . LeBron James believes hes a major reason for their early failures. http://www.authenticwildpro.com/Eric-staal-wild-jersey/ . TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted Monday morning that Callahan - who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is now open to a six-year contract at less than $7 million per season. Luke Kunin Jersey .com) - The Denver Nuggets snapped a losing streak last time out and will try to carry that momentum Saturday night when they welcome the Indiana Pacers to the Pepsi Center. Devan Dubnyk Jersey . The two were in the batting cage moments before game time. Bautista was taking final warm up cuts. Pillar was hitting soft toss. The one-time utility player turned All-Star pulled aside the clubs young, fourth outfielder and offered him some advice.Greece, Japan eye improvement - 6pm et/3pm pt (TSN 1050, TSN 690, TSN 1200, TEAM 1410) Natal, Brazil - Two teams hoping to rebound from tough opening-game losses will meet when Greece clashes with Japan in Group C action Thursday at Estadio das Dunas. Greece was on the wrong end of a 3-0 rout to Colombia in its first game of the tournament. They surrendered a goal in just the sixth minute of the contest, and despite some promising attacking play, failed to crawl back into the match. Japan, on the other hand, struck first in its match with Ivory Coast, with Keisuke Honda putting his side into the lead in the 16th minute. The Elephants picked up serious momentum in the second half, though, scoring in the 64th and 66th minutes to pull ahead and grab a 2-1 victory. Both teams will be looking to hang onto their hopes of pushing through to the knockout stage with a crucial three points. Greek midfielder Georgios Samaras insisted there was reason for his side to remain positive moving forward after being held without a goal. "We have more to give at this tournament, but I think we showed something today," he said. "It was a strange game. For the first five or six minutes, we didnt seem to be 100 percent in it and we conceded a bad ggoal.ddddddddddddBut after that, we had a lot of possession, a lot of pressure, and created some quite good chances." Japan boss Alberto Zaccheroni claimed his men gave their all but were not quite cohesive enough. "We werent aggressive enough and we need to improve on that because weve been playing better than that," he said. Honda had his own take on where things went wrong, believing that Japan didnt have enough possession. "Possession, that is our strength," said Honda. "When we have the ball we just need to keep the ball and not give it away easily. When we do lose the ball we should press immediately. That is our philosophy. The last game we lost the ball too easily so that is how we spent a lot of energy in the first half, that is the point. That is why we must concentrate on keeping the ball." Given the defensive lapses that contributed heavily to these teams opening- match defeats, Greece will be looking to build on those aforementioned positives, while Japan will be hoping to stay composed for a full 90 minutes and do better on the ball. Both teams will also be hoping for a draw in the match between Colombia and Ivory Coast, the two teams looming overhead at the top of the group. ' ' '

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