MLS Cup: 6 Players To Watch

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Jul 16, 2014; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane (7) is defended by New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen (24) at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Just a day away! Tomorrow at 3pm ET, the New England Revolution take on the Los Angeles Galaxy in an old-fashioned East vs. West MLS Cup Classic.  The Tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife.  The storylines are even THICKER.  And my blood pressure could not be HIGHER.   As per usual, when two teams play in a final of any sport, they are generally regarded as the two best teams.  And more often than not, the best teams have the best players.  Not always, but usually.

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For this year’s finale of the MLS Cup Playoffs, this is no exception.  This rule of thumb definitely applies.  And while both teams are generally higher quality than the average MLS team, it is impossible for some stars not to shine brighter than others.  On these two teams alone, we have an MVP, an MVP finalist, two U.S. Soccer legends, other U.S. Soccer players, a couple of Brazilians, and some top-notch defenders.  Yep, you’d be crazy to think that this game is going to go some other way than an all-around epic showdown, no matter which side wins.

We’ve selected six players from both teams, 3 from each, and explained why we believe these are the players to watch ahead of tomorrow’s matchup, and why these six players will stand head and shoulders above the rest tomorrow.  Whether it’s because a certain player is suiting up for the last time, or another is out to prove why he is MVP, or a player who is just plain in great form, here are our six players to watch for on Sunday.