Previewing the Playoffs: MLS Cup Final Edition

CARSON, CA - MAY 25: Geoff Cameron #20 of the Houston Dynamo contols the ball in front of Juninho #19 of the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on May 25, 2011 in Carson, California. The Galaxy won 1-0. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Major League Soccer Cup Final is upon us! It may not be the Timbers facing off today in Carson, California but the Houston Dynamo and Los Angeles Galaxy should provide plenty of entertainment. Continuing in the tradition of recent years, the weather at the Home Depot Center for the MLS Cup is rainy and should lend itself to a sloppy, physical game that, while maybe not the best soccer ever played on American shores, will certainly be a passionate finale to a memorable 2011 season.

Houston Dynamo at Los Angeles Galaxy

6:00 pm, ESPN

Tonight’s game will see two teams with two very different stories this season battle for the MLS Cup. The Houston Dynamo, coming off an off year during which they finished in 6th place in the Western Conference, struggled early on only to ride the league’s longest undefeated streak into the playoffs. The L.A. Galaxy had the look of a team destined for success in 2011 and succeed they did, taking the Supporters Shield with the second most points ever amassed in a season. The MLS Cup final will also feature it’s fair share of star power with David Beckham, Robbie Keane, and Landon Donovan set to suit up for the Galaxy, while the Dynamo boast their own heroes on the field in Geoff Cameron and Brian Ching. Cameron has been tabbed as a possible future United States international alongside Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez.

Tune in and drop by this thread to chat about the games with your fellow Timbers fans.

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