The play was often disjointed, the scoring chances few and chaotic, and injuries and illness denied both teams some of their best. But for all that, it was an enjoyable final. Light on quality perhaps, but long on drama and emotion. While Donovan's assist to Magee was a thing of beauty, and LA largely controlled the first half, RSL were stringing the better passing sequences together after the break and deserved the win on the balance of play.
* The aforementioned pinpoint delivery by Donovan for LA's goal...and his subsequent blast over the bar in the shootout.
* That Beckham's idiotic haircut still has the power to annoy and horrify. Apparently, you can't build up a tolerance for that abomination.
* Morales weeping openly when he realized that he couldn't continue in the 20th minute or so, and Williams completely losing it after the PK win. Good to see such emotion attached to the Cup...But what was a guy who was clearly running on fumes and emotionally wrought doing taking the critical 5th pen for RSL?
* Did the Gals drag Saunders off a beach somewhere? Surfer-bum chic or is Posh his fashion consultant too?
* Some of the quick, one-touch buildup play by RSL was outstanding and deserving of finishes that never materialized.
* Credit to Findley for burying one, but his touch wasted a couple of other chances for RSL. National team quality? Probably not yet, but he's quick and scores goals, and the US is increasingly desperate for both, so the future may have to be now...
So now that MLS Cup 2009 is done and dusted, and the US Nats aren't in action until the Annual Scandanavian Scrub Challenge in January, I suppose it's time to enter the semi-hibernation state of the off-season. What to expect going forward...
* We'll wrap up the MLS 2009 season this week with a look back at my horrible record of predictions and coverage of the expansion draft.
* Posts may be thin on the ground until the SuperDraft rolls around, though I will be doing the "What I Want for Christmas" series in mid-December. I'll also keep tabs on the United coaching search, and I may provide a few updates from my DCU|FM Challenge, wherein I use Football Manager 2010 to see how I would have done 2009 differently for United.
* I may be tinkering with the site design, so if you show up one day to chaos, don't say I didn't warn you.