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LA Galaxy Wins Record 5th MLS Cup

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Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan (10) celebrates by drinking out of the MLS Cup championship trophy in the locker room after defeating the New England Revolution in the 2014 MLS Cup final at Stubhub Center, Dec. 7, 2014. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-U

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan (10) celebrates by drinking out of the MLS Cup championship trophy in the locker room after defeating the New England Revolution in the 2014 MLS Cup final at Stubhub Center, Dec. 7, 2014. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-U

U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan has capped his professional playing career by helping Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy win a record fifth MLS Cup.

The host Galaxy beat the New England Revolution in Sunday's league championship match in extra time, 2-1, with Irish international Robbie Keane scoring the winning goal in the 111th minute after regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.

Donovan is the all-time leading scorer for both the U.S. national team (57) and in the 19-year history of Major League Soccer (144). But he was controversially left off the national team for this year's World Cup in Brazil, and had announced in August that he would retire at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old Donovan did play a farewell match with the U.S. national team on October 11 in East Hartford, Connecticut, where the U.S. drew Ecuador 1-1 in a friendly match.

Donovan finished his pro career with a record six MLS Cups: four with the LA Galaxy and two with the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Galaxy shared the previous record of four MLS Cups with DC United.

Sunday's game was the third time Los Angeles had beaten the New England Revolution in an MLS Cup final, and also marked the fifth time in five tries the Revolution had lost the title match.

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