MLS Playoffs

Real Salt Lake's Lovel Palmer tries to brush off unexpected, but decisive penalty miss in MLS Cup

Palmer, RSL try to shake off unexpected, but decisive PK miss

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – If fate was cruel for Sebastian Velasquez on Saturday night, it was downright sadistic for Lovel Palmer.

Real Salt Lake head's Jason Kreis praises "fantastic team" despite MLS Cup loss: "We played outstanding"

RSL's Kreis praises his "special group" despite MLS Cup loss: "We played outstanding"

MLS Cup: Sporting KC hoping best is yet to come, even after second title in franchise history

What now for Sporting? They're already looking for title No. 3

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Two championships in 16 months. A young core entering its prime. Owners willing to spend, and a fanbase mushrooming out of control. Everything is going to plan in Kansas City.

MLS Cup: Real Salt Lake go from "a dream to a nightmare" after losing latest penalty kick shootout

Luck isn't on RSL's side this time in MLS Cup penalty shootout

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – It took five years for karma to catch up to Real Salt Lake. And when it finally did, the Claret-and-Cobalt couldn’t conjure up the same penalty-kick shootout magic they rode to a championship in 2009.

MLS Cup: Sporting KC's Jimmy Nielsen plays the hero in shootout after going 120 minutes with broken ribs

Despite broken ribs, Nielsen saves best trick for last

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Almost exactly 16 months to the day after he helped deliver a US Open Cup to Kansas City, Jimmy Nielsen stood atop a platform in Sporting Park’s northeast corner, shook up a can of white spray paint and committed the most rewarding vandalism of his life.

MLS Cup: Citing the frigid weather, Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales wants a return to neutral venue

RSL's Morales: MLS Cup should be played in warm weather

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.

Aurelien Collin named Volkswagen MLS Cup MVP after scoring equalizer, netting in shootout

Collin named VW MLS Cup MVP after scoring equalizer, netting in PKs

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.

Sporting KC 1, Real Salt Lake 1, SKC win 7-6 on PKs | MLS Cup Match Recap

SKC 1, RSL 1: Sporting win 2nd MLS Cup after epic shootout

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.

MLS Cup: Aurelien Collin levels the score with towering header in the 76th minute

Collin puts away towering header for equalizer, Sporting Park explodes

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.

MLS Cup: Alvaro Saborio opens the scoring with a great turn and finish past Jimmy Nielsen

Sabo opens the scoring in MLS Cup off beautiful Beckerman assist

Alvaro Saborio celebrates his goal in MLS Cup

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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.

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