Jimmy Nielsen made several crucial saves during penalty kicks and Aurellien Collin had the equalizer in regulation and the final penalty kick goal as Sporting Kansas City defeated Real Salt Lake to win the MLS Cup.
The basics of the game are as follows:
Sporting found themselves down 1-0 after a goal by Alvaro Saborino in the 52nd minute. Real Salt Lake had several chances to make that lead bigger, missing two goals by a few inches and another two disallowed by offsides calls. RSL could have easily won this game 3-1 in regulation with a couple of breaks.
Those breaks didn’t happen, however.
In the 72nd minute, Collin had his equalizer. Zusi sent in a cross form the corner and Collin was there to head it to the bottom left corner of the goal. That would be the last goal of regulation and through the entirety of overtime.
This brought us to penalty kicks where things went freaking crazy.
RSL missed their first two penalty kicks and SKC had a 2-0 lead, but SKC would miss two of their next three kicks. This opened up a door for RSL to tie it up and they were successful. This would go on for five more rounds before Salt Lake bounced one off the crossbar to give Sporting the cup.
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) December 8, 2013
— Matthew Brosseau (@MattBInYYC) December 8, 2013
We’ll have more analysis for you later. For now, all I have for you is this:
I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE WON!!!!
Topics: Sporting Kansas City