LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan didn’t have the best game of his career on Sunday afternoon, but he still went out as a champion as his side sealed a 2-1 extra-time win over the New England Revolution to claim a record fifth MLS Cup.
Striker Gyasi Zardes had opened the scoring seven minutes after half-time to place the Galaxy in front, before left-back Chris Tierney responded for the Revolution in the final 15 minutes to force extra-time.
It was league MVP Robbie Keane who delivered when it mattered most, however, collecting a Marcelo Sarvas pass over the top and tucking home the winner after 111 minutes to give LA their third championship in four seasons and ensure Donovan would retire at the age of 32 with an unprecedented six titles to his name.
“There were moments [this season] where I didn't want it to end like it was going to [with the Galaxy not in the title game],” he said at the post-match press conference. “It would've been sadder for it to end like that. For me, it's perfect.
“As much excitement as there is about the game, there's excitement that tomorrow I don't have to train anymore,” he continued. “I don't have to do a lot of the things that were the not-fun parts of the job. Along with that, I don't get experiences like today any more, either. So there's a lot of good, there's going to be some bad. But it feels good to go out this way.”
The all-time leader in both goals and assists in MLS, as well as for the US national team, Donovan bows out as one of the most celebrated figures the American game as produced, with the following images some of the best from a match which marked the end of an era.