KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Real Salt Lake's MLS Cup 2013 penalty-kick loss to Sporting Kansas City -- 1-1 (AET), 7-6 in the shootout -- will go down as the coldest game in MLS history since they started recording game temperatures a decade ago.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sporting Kansas City defender Aurelien Collin was named the Volkswagen MLS Cup MVP after he scored the equalizer, then netted an inch-perfect penalty in the shootout to help Sporting top Real Salt Lake 7-6 from the spot after a 1-1 draw at Sporting Park.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sporting Kansas City joined Major League Soccer royalty on Saturday night, and they beat Real Salt Lake at their own game to do it.
Sporting KC got just the attacking spark they needed from one of their most trusted defenders when Aurelien Collin headed in the equalizer against Real Salt Lake in the 76th minute.
Off a corner kick from Graham Zusi, Collin got the better of Chris Schuler and nodded the ball to the far post, leaving RSL no chance to make the save and providing a huge lift to the worried crowd at Sporting Park.
Real Salt Lake turned on the style to open the scoring early in the first half of MLS Cup.
Kyle Beckerman found Alvaro Saborio with a no-look, one-time pass with his left foot and the Costa Rican did the rest of the work, taking it down off his chest and firing low past Jimmy Nielsen in the 52nd minute.
Sporting Kansas City will be without one of their main men for the remainder of MLS Cup after Oriol Rosell was forced to leave the game in the eighth minute with a sprained left ankle.
NOTE: Transfer deadline for the MLS Cup is 3:45 pm ET
The wait is over!
The final game of the 2013 MLS season is here. People will rise and fall in the overall rankings due to the outcome of today's game between Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake. Who you start and who you captain will decide everything.
KANSAS City, Kan. — Time is running out for Real Salt Lake’s trio of injured players, but at least two of them received good news this week ahead of their MLS Cup final clash against Sporting Kansas City (4 pm ET, ESPN, UniMas; TSN2/RDS in Canada).
There isn't clear-cut favorite to win Saturday's MLS Cup final (4 pm ET on ESPN, UniMas, TSN2/RDS in Canada), although some will try to make the case for one team or the other.