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MLS Game Summary - Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles



(Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Real Salt Lake 1*, Los Angeles 1

RSL wins penalty kick shootout, 5-4

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Last week it was the Chicago Fire, this week the victim is the Los Angeles Galaxy.

For the second straight week, Real Salt Lake - the eight and final seed in the Major League Soccer playoffs - took a favorite to a penalty-kick shootout and won, 5-4, thanks the heroics of goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

Rimando made two saves and 2009 MLS regular season MVP Landon Donovan missed high as RSL shocked the league by topping the Galaxy to win the 2009 MLS Cup on Sunday night in front of over 46,000 fans at Qwest Field in Seattle.

RSL topped the Fire in PKs in the Eastern Conference final last weekend, 5-4, thanks to three saves by Rimando

PKs in Sunday's game came after the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of regulation and extra time soccer.

After the two teams traded goals in the first two rounds of the shootout, Rimando saved a shot by Jovan Kirovski before RSL captain Kyle Beckerman's shot was saved by L.A. 'keeper Josh Saunders.

Next, Donovan missed high before Ned Grabavoy buried the chance to give RSL the 3-2 advantage. After Mike Magee equalized for the Galaxy, Andy Williams' shot was saved by Saunders. The next two shooters scored before L.A. striker Edson Buddle's shot was saved by Rimando, putting the game on the foot of RSL defender Robbie Russell.

Russell delivered, giving RSL it's first ever MLS Championship.

Thanks to four saves in the game and two in the shootout, Rimando was awarded the MLS Cup MVP award.

Magee scored the game's first goal in the 41st minute to give the Galaxy a 1-0 advantage after an impressive buildup from the L.A. stars. Beckham led a counter attack and passed to Donovan on the right side of the RSL penalty area. Donovan then played a perfect service to the far post that Magee knocked home for his second goal of the playoffs.

RSL Striker Robbie Findley scored his third goal of the playoffs in the 64th minute to tie the game at one, however. Findley started the chance by driving into the penalty area. After the ball was deflected by the defense, it dribbled to his strike partner Yura Movsisyan. Movsisyan's shot was blocked by the defense, but the rebound dribbled right to Findley, who fired home from close range.

L.A. goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts left the game immediately after the goal after deciding he couldn't overcome an injury he suffered at the beginning of the half after a collision with Findley.

RSL's PK win was the second time the MLS Cup has been decided by a shootout. The Houston Dynamo topped the New England Revolution in PKs in the 2006 MLS Cup.

11/23 13:53:03 ET