Sporting Kansas City added another piece of hardware to their trophy case on Saturday, as they defeated Real Salt Lake in a 7-6 penalty shootout at Sporting Park in Kansas City.
Saturday’s match was a long, physical battle between two evenly-matched clubs. It was the longest shootout in MLS playoff history: Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City played to a 1-1- draw in the first 120 minutes. This is the third time that the MLS Cup has been decided in penalty kicks. Real Salt Lake claimed the title in 2009 and Houston Dynamo hoisted the trophy in 2006 after a shootout.
Sporting KC have proven deadly in play-off games, and Saturday’s victory puts them at 14-1-2 in post season play. This is the franchise’s second MLS Cup.
Alvaro Saborio scored the first goal of the match in the 52nd minute to put the visitors ahead, and Sporting KC’s Aurelien Collin equalized in the 76th minute. Claudio Bieler, Paulo Nagmaura, Benny Feilhaber, Seth Sinovic, C.J. Sapong and Chance Myers scored for SKC in the shootout. Kyler Beckerman, Joao Plata, Javier Morales, Chris Schuler, Tony Beltran and Nat Borchers found the back of the net for Real Salt Lake.