The David Beckham era comes to an end in Major League Soccer (MLS) on Saturday when the L.A. Galaxy face the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup final, aiming to defend their crown.
With Beckham their star attraction for the past six seasons, the Galaxy have been by far MLS's highest profile team.
"It hasn't been the easiest year for all of us but I think when all was said and done we're very proud of what we accomplished during the season and now what we've accomplished in the post-season and a win saturday would be a nice way to wrap it up," Donovan said at the team's practice center on Thursday.
The Galaxy started the season with a miserable four losses out of their first six games but were able to recover their form as the season progressed.
"It just goes to show how far we've come in the last four or five months. Before that it looked like the team wouldn't even get to the final so it's been a good few months for us. It's been a good turnaround and that's full credit to everybody that's involved. It will be even nicer if we cap it off with a good win on Saturday," Keane observed.
But Saturday's opponents, at L.A.'s Home Depot Center, are proof that success in North American soccer can also come from astute use of limited resources.
Houston coach Dominic Kinnear has proved that point twice before with MLS Cup triumphs in 2006 and 2007 and he took his team to the final last year - where they lost to the Galaxy.