MLS CUP: This is what they play for

The MLS Cup trophy arrived Wednesday in Santa Monica. German Alegria/MLSsoccer.com

The Philip F. Anschutz Trophy, which goes to the winner of the Nov. 20 MLS Cup final, arrived Thursday in Southern California and, like many visitors, decided to check out the surf.

Two Galaxy legends -- former midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos (left) and former center back and general manager Alexi Lalas -- accompanied the trophy to the Santa Monica Pier to kick off festivities leading to the title game.

The Galaxy and Houston Dynamo, both owned fully or in part by Anschutz's AEG, play Nov. 20 at Home Depot Center. Kickoff is 6 p.m., and the game will be telecast on ESPN and Galavision.