Why One MLS Cup 2011 Highlight Still Gets Me Choked Up

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Omar Gonzalez #4 of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates with a drink from the Philip Anschutz Trophy in the locker room after the 2011 MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo at The Home Depot Center on November 20, 2011 in Carson, California. The Galaxy defeated the Dynamo 1-0 to win the MLS Cup. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

This could be me suffering from immediacy syndrome. However, I'd like to think that wasn't the case. The LA Galaxy have won MLS Cups before; two in fact. The 2005 Cup featured a younger Landon Donovan taking on a younger Clint Dempsey, and that's pretty cool.

The way the 2011 MLS Cup goal worked out, with so many saying the DP experiment was a mistake, and then David Beckham flicking it on to Robbie Keane, and Keane keeping the ball under pressure, and flicking it ahead to a streaking Landon Donovan.

I was standing in the auxiliary press box on the roof. I was supposed to be down in the tent behind ACB in the rain, but the good man at The Free Beer Movement took pity on me and shared his spot in the dry. The ball went in, the crowd went louder than I've ever heard before, and I just stood like a statue. So overwhelmed with emotion, but not willing to break press box protocol.

"This must be a pretty cool moment for you," he said.

Indeed, it really was.

I managed to hold my tears until after the final whistle.

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