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  The Earthquakes' Landon Donovan tied the score on a late first-half strike. Harry How/Allsport

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Donovan emerges as The Man as San Jose wins title

A year ago, they had the worst record in MLS. Now, the San Jose Earthquakes are champions, after Dwayne DeRosario scored a golden goal to give his team a 2-1 victory over the L.A. Galaxy in MLS Cup 2001. The Quakes had many heroes in their remarkable jump from doormats to champions. Most of all, though, the 2001 MLS playoffs will be remembered as the coming of age for forward Landon Donovan, writes Grant Wahl in Sports Illustrated.

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Danny Califf and Mauricio Cienfuegos take care of the scoring in the L.A. victory.
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Troy Dayak's header propels the Earthquakes to their first MLS Cup.
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