Sporting Kansas City won its second-ever MLS Cup in spectacular fashion.
Kansas City, KS (SportsNetwork.com) -
Aurelien Collin buried the go-ahead penalty kick and Jimmy Nielsen made one huge save on Saturday as Sporting Kansas City won its second-ever MLS Cup in spectacular fashion, topping Real Salt Lake, 7-6, in a shootout at Sporting Park.
After an exhausting 90 minutes of regulation plus 30 minutes of extra time in frozen conditions, it all came down to strikes from 12 yards out as Sporting's Claudio Bieler opened proceedings with a goal.
But RSL's Alvaro Saborio ripped his effort over the bar. Paulo Nagamura converted and Ned Grabavoy was stopped by Nielsen to give the home side a quick 2-0 lead in the shootout.
Resilience the key to Sporting's Cup run
By Brian Wright, Soccer Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Too often, the word 'epic' is used in hyperbole, but that's the perfect way to describe Saturday's MLS Cup finale between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake.
The match had everything: physical play, a lot of fouls, a pair of brilliant goals and even one waived off in extra time for good measure.
Yet when Lovel Palmer's strike in the 10th round of the infamous penalty kick shootout rang off the crossbar, there was only one word I could muster to describe the newly-crowned champions.