Dec. 1, 2012
CARSON, Calif. - Josh Saunders made five saves to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a repeat MLS Cup win over former California teammate Calen Carr and the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at The Home Depot Center. Saunders had allowed the first goal of the match to Carr in the 44th minute, but the Galaxy responded with second-half three goals to clinch its second-consecutive victory over the Dynamo in the league championship in Carson.
Saunders played all 90 minutes in goal for Los Angeles, which now has four league titles. Carr started but was substituted for in the 59th minute due to injury. Former Golden Bear Hector Jimenez, an L.A. midfielder who did not play in the match, also repeated as an MLS champ with the Galaxy.
"It was an epic MLS Cup final," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes. "Calen scored a great goal and then unfortunately, went down with an injury. Congratulations to Josh and Hector for a second consecutive MLS championship. The Cal soccer family is so proud of these three great players."
This marks Saunders fourth MLS championship and Jimenez's second.
Drafted into the league by the San Jose Earthquakes, Saunders won his first MLS title as a rookie with San Jose in 2003 and claimed his second as a reserve with the Galaxy in 2005. He almost won again when he replaced injured L.A. starter Donovan Ricketts in the second half of the 2009 final, but Real Salt Lake prevailed in penalty kicks.
Jimenez finished his Cal career in 2010, Carr ended his college career in 2005 and Saunders completed his tenure in Berkeley in 2002, when he started all 22 matches and Carr started 19 times for the Bears.