Tim Leiweke wasn't lying. Major League Soccer's championship game is, indeed, coming to L.A.
MLS made it official Tuesday, announcing that MLS Cup 2011 will be played Nov. 20 at Home Depot Center in Carson, the fourth time the venue has staged the game and the fifth time it has been played in Southern California.
Leiweke told a preseason gathering of fans at the ESPN Zone at L.A. Live that the game was returning to the Southland.
“It is set up well where we might happen to have a certain championship in a certain city we all know and love,” Leiweke said on March 11. “So it would certainly be a good Cup, that we have a chance to finish [a championship season] here.”
The Galaxy have played in a record six MLS Cup finals, winning in 2002 and 2005, but none of the games were in L.A. Chivas USA has never reached an MLS Cup title game.
Leiweke prefaced his remarks at ESPN Zone with: “Have we announced it yet?” Told no, he said: “Then I can't announce it. … I can do anything I want, because then the commissioner can yell at me, right?”
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in April that “Leiweke would like MLS Cup at Home Depot Center” but that negotiations to place the game were still underway.
The game will kick off at 6 p.m. and be televised by ESPN and Galavision.
The four previous L.A. finals:
1998/Rose Bowl: Chicago Fire 2, D.C. United 0
2003/HDC: San Jose Earthquakes 4, Chicago Fire 2
2004/HDC: D.C. United 3, Kansas City Wizards 2
2008/HDC: Columbus Crew 3, New York Red Bulls 1