Here in the City of Angels, there is expected to be some player turnover by early December coming out of Victoria Street.
The 2012 MLS Cup Final (Saturday, 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, TSN/RDS, Telefutura) may not only be the last game for David Beckham as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy, but also the last game for team captain Landon Donovan, who is weighing his options, one of them being walking away from the game as one of the best to have suited up for Bruce Arena’s Galaxy, the San Jose Earthquakes, and the USA Men’s National Team.
“I’m going to take as much time as I need and decide if and when I’m ready to come back,” he told Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times. “I can’t put a time frame on that. If it takes two weeks and I’m ready to go again or two months or a year or two years.
“Or never. I don’t know. I’m aware of what I’m feeling, what I’m going through. And if I wake up one day and I say ‘you know what? I’m going to come back and play,’ then I’ll be here within an hour. If that doesn’t happen, if I wake up and I say ‘you know what? That’s enough,’ then I’ll let the people know who need to know and I’ll get on with my life.”
Meanwhile, a player that is on the rise for the Los Angeles is defender Omar Gonzalez, who believes that a victory in the 2012 MLS Cup is his ticket to the USA Men’s National Team next year.
“It’s been quite a year for me. From being injured and then coming back and coming back at five and half months it was pretty scary to come back so soon,” Gonzalez told MLSSoccer.com’s Simon Borg. “It’s been quite a ride and I think with a win [Saturday] it’ll make everything worth it.”
As for Arena, the fireworks are ready to go this Saturday afternoon as both teams are just about at full strength.
“Two good attacking teams,” Arena told MLSSoccer.com’s Scott French. “I expect to see some goals. I have no idea [what to expect]. We’ll see when we kick off on Saturday.”
San Jose Earthquakes manager Frank Yallop believes that Houston manager Dominic Kinnear can pull it off and give the Dynamo their third star.
“Obviously, not making the playoffs, you’ve got to regroup and make sure that you come back stronger,” Yallop told MLSSoccer.com’s Geoff Lepper. “The timing of the runs that Houston have gone on, especially this season, it’s amazing. They look really strong, together and in form.
“As we know in our league, and I found it out this year as a coach, timing is very important, making sure you’re firing on all cylinders [in the playoffs]. Dominic’s done a terrific job of making sure these guys are ready to go come playoff time. He’s done a wonderful job of motivating and getting these guys ready to play every playoff game.”
A live blog of the 2012 MLS Cup Final on the View from Avalon will be posted on Saturday morning at approximately 7 a.m. PT/10 p.m. ET.