Sporting KC Tops Real Salt Lake For MLS Cup

By: Dave Skretta, AP Sports Writer
By: Dave Skretta, AP Sports Writer
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Aurelien Collin scored the equalizer in the second half of the MLS Cup, then drove home the deciding penalty kick to give Sporting Kansas City a dramatic victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night and its first league title since 2000.

Graham Zusi and Matt Besler parade the MLS Cup around following Sporting Kansas City's win over Real Salt Lake. The teams tied at 1-1 and SKC won on penalty kicks, 7-6. (J.B. Bauersfeld/WIBW)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Aurelien Collin scored the equalizer in the second half of the MLS Cup, then drove home the deciding penalty kick to give Sporting Kansas City a dramatic victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night and its first league title since 2000.

Alvaro Saborio, who missed the Western Conference finals because of injury, scored for Real Salt Lake in the 52nd minute, but Collin answered with a header in the 76th minute.

It remained that way through regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, and then the teams engaged in the longest penalty-kick shootout in championship history _ one that both sides had chances to win before Collin's shot and Jimmy Nielsen's save gave Sporting KC the 7-6 victory.

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SKC RELEASE:

Scoring Summary:
RSL -- Alvaro Saborio 1 (Kyle Beckerman 1) 52
SKC -- Aurelien Collin 3 (Graham Zusi 2) 76

(December 7, 2013) - Sporting Kansas City were crowned champions of Major League Soccer on Saturday with a penalty kick shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time in MLS Cup 2013 at Sporting Park. Aurelien Collin scored his third goal of this postseason in the 76th minute and scored the winning goal in the penalty shootout to secure the second league title in the team's 18-year history and a berth in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League. Collin was named the Volkswagen MLS Cup 2013 MVP.

A public celebration will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. CT on Monday in the Sprint Festival Plaza at Union Station (30 W Pershing Rd.) in Kansas City, MO. The special event is free and open to the public with parking available in the front lot or in the garage on the west side. Festivities will include a live DJ, complimentary Boulevard, player appearances and opportunities for fans to have their photo taken with the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Official MLS Cup championship merchandise will be available at the event. Supporters can also buy long-sleeve Sporting KC championship shirts in the Sporting Style pop-up store inside the Boulevard Members Club at Sporting Park from 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. CT beginning Monday, while supplies last. Additional commemorative items will arrive on Tuesday, including scarves, hats, women's and children's t-shirts.

Sporting KC All-Time Honors
2000 MLS Cup Champions & Supporters' Shield Winners
2004 MLS Cup Runners-Up & U.S. Open Cup Champions
2012 U.S. Open Cup Champions
2013 MLS Cup Champions

Sporting KC 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs run, presented by Ivy Funds
Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-3 on aggregate)
Leg 1: New England Revolution 2, Sporting KC 1
Leg 2: Sporting KC 3, New England Revolution 1

Eastern Conference Championship (2-1 on aggregate)
Leg 1: Houston Dynamo 0, Sporting KC 0
Leg 2: Sporting KC 2, Houston Dynamo 1

MLS Cup 2013
Sporting KC 1, Real Salt Lake 1 (7-6 in shootout)

Misconduct Summary:
RSL -- Chris Wingert (caution; reckless foul) 24
KC -- Aurelien Collin (caution; reckless tackle) 35
RSL -- Alvaro Saborio (caution; reckless foul) 44
RSL -- Kyle Beckerman (caution; reckless tackle) 100
KC -- Benny Feilhaber (caution; reckless tackle) 103

Scoring Summary:
RSL -- Alvaro Saborio 1 (Kyle Beckerman 1) 52
KC -- Aurelien Collin 3 (Graham Zusi 2) 76

(December 7, 2013) - Sporting Kansas City were crowned champions of Major League Soccer on Saturday with a penalty kick shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time in MLS Cup 2013 at Sporting Park. Aurelien Collin scored his third goal of this postseason in the 76th minute and scored the winning goal in the penalty shootout to secure the second league title in the team's 18-year history. Collin was named the Volkswagen MLS Cup 2013 MVP.

In front of 21,650 fans, the 36th consecutive sellout for an MLS match at Sporting Park, Sporting KC lifted the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy for the second time. With the win, Sporting KC has also secured a berth in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League for the second consecutive year.

Despite a scoreless first half, the first 45 minutes were not short on drama. Sporting KC was forced to use a sub early when Uri Rosell suffered a left ankle sprain. Lawrence Olum, who had not seen action since suffering a fractured fibula in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, replaced the Spanish midfielder.

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando made four saves on the day including two in the first half. In the 25th minute, Graham Zusi curled a ball to the back post. C.J. Sapong toed the backline and headed a ball to the near post. The U.S. MNT goalkeeper reacted quickly to punch the attempt away and keep the home side off the board.

Real Salt Lake had their first good opportunity of the day minutes later. Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen came off his line to punch a Chris Wingert cross into the air. The ball fell to Robbie Findley, who one-timed the ball off the near post and into the arms of Nielsen.

Sporting KC's next opportunity came in first half stoppage time. Dom Dwyer beat the Salt Lake offside trap and found himself one-on-one with Rimando. The young striker took a touch off his chest, but Rimando came off his line to block the shot attempt.

In hostile conditions and amid the coldest recorded game in MLS history (20 degrees), Real Salt Lake striker Alvaro Saborio silenced the crowd in the 52nd minute. The Costa Rican international took a no-look pass from Kyle Beckerman and beat Nielsen to the near post for his first goal of the postseason.

Real Salt Lake had two more opportunities to double their lead. Beckerman hit a strike in the 62nd minute that hit off the far post and Morales beat Nielsen with a cheeky chip-shot in the 73rd minute but the ball hit off the far post and trickled across the goalmouth before rolling out of bounds.

Sporting KC found their equalizer in the 76th minute and it came from the team's leading goal-scorer in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs. Collin out-jumped Chris Schuler to head a Zusi corner kick to the far post past Rimando. The goal was Collin's third of the 2013 postseason, most among all MLS players.

As the game entered its first overtime, Rimando came up big again for Real Salt Lake. The 2013 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year runner-up reacted quickly to knock away a Zusi strike from 12 yards. After two scoreless 15-minute overtime periods, the match went to the first MLS Cup penalty kick shootout since Real Salt Lake defeated the LA Galaxy in 2009.

Sporting KC won MLS Cup 7-6 on penalty kicks after 10 rounds. Claudio Bieler, Paulo Nagamura, Benny Feilhaber, Seth Sinovic, Sapong, Chance Myers and Collin tallied for the home side. Nielsen made two saves including a stop on Sebastian Velasquez in a sudden death ninth round. After Collin beat Rimando in the tenth round, Lovel Palmer hit his attempt off the crossbar to give Sporting KC the team's second MLS Cup championship.

A public celebration will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. CT on Monday in the Sprint Festival Plaza at Union Station (30 W Pershing Rd.) in Kansas City, MO. The special event is free and open to the public with parking available in the front lot or in the garage on the west side. Festivities will include a live DJ, complimentary Boulevard, player appearances and opportunities for fans to have their photo taken with the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

Official MLS Cup championship merchandise will be available at the event. Supporters can also buy long-sleeve Sporting KC championship shirts in the Sporting Style pop-up store inside the Boulevard Members Club at Sporting Park from 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. CT beginning Monday, while supplies last. Additional commemorative items will arrive on Tuesday, including scarves, hats, women's and children's t-shirts.

FAST FACTS

Sporting Kansas City defeated Real Salt Lake in penalty kicks to secure the MLS Cup championship.
Sporting Park has hosted championship matches each of the last two years and Sporting Kansas City have prevailed in penalty kicks on both occasions.
Saturday marked the first time in MLS history that two former MLS players met as coaches in MLS Cup.
Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes is the first person to win MLS Cup as a player and a manager with the same team. Vermes helped the 2000 team hoist the trophy, anchoring the Sporting KC backline and earning Defender of the Year that season.
Peter Nowak is the only other person to have won MLS Cup as a player and manager, winning the Cup in 1998 while playing for the Chicago Fire and then leading D.C. United to the title in 2004 as manager.
Sporting KC is 9-5-3 all-time against Real Salt Lake and has lost at home only once in the series (2009).
Saturday was the first postseason meeting between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.
Saturday marked the first time Real Salt Lake has scored at Sporting Park in three trips.
Saturday's match (Dec. 7) was the latest in the year in MLS history.
Saturday marked the third time that Sporting KC advanced to the MLS Cup final in team history (2000, 2004, 2013). Sporting KC has played the third most postseason games (42) among all teams in MLS history behind the Chicago Fire (43) and LA Galaxy (64).
Since 1998, Sporting Kansas City has only one home playoff loss: a 2-0 defeat to the Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Championship in 2011. The team is 13-1-2 at home over that span.
Sporting Kansas City has played 45 games in all competition this season (MLS, MLS Cup Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League).
Sporting KC has lost only one match by more than one goal across 45 games in all competition.
Sporting KC has held opponents to a goal or fewer in 31 of the team's 39 MLS matches this season.
Sporting Kansas City got a result for the first time when trailing at the 75th minute in 2013 MLS competition (including playoffs). The team was 0-10-0 prior to MLS Cup when trailing in the 75th minute.
Paulo Nagamura leads all Sporting KC players with 14 postseason appearances and is only player on the team's roster to have played in two MLS Cups (2005, 2013).
Seth Sinovic has started and played every minute in each of the team's last 21 MLS matches, the longest active games played streak on the team. Sinovic leads all Sporting KC players with 3,703 minutes played in all competition this season.
Six Sporting KC players have started all 10 of the team's playoff matches in the last three seasons: Jimmy Nielsen, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Chance Myers, Seth Sinovic and Graham Zusi.
Dom Dwyer is the first player to play in the USL Pro Championship and the MLS Cup in the same season. He started and won both matches.
Dom Dwyer led all MLS players with eight shots on goal in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Jimmy Nielsen's 0.84 goals against average in the postseason is fourth best in MLS history among goalkeepers with 300 minutes played.
Aurelien Collin (36) and Matt Besler (25) lead all players in the postseason in interceptions.
Oriol Rosell exited the match in the eighth minute with a sprained left ankle.
Lawrence Olum replaced Rosell, marking the earliest substitution in MLS history during the postseason.
Vermes led the second youngest roster in MLS to MLS Cup.
Saturday marked the second time Real Salt Lake appeared in MLS Cup in team history (2009, 2013).
Seven current members of Real Salt Lake were on the 2009 MLS Cup winning squad, with six in the starting lineup (Nick Rimando, Nat Borchers, Chris Wingert, Robbie Findley, Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales).
Sporting Kansas City conceded the first goal in the match on Saturday in the 52nd minute.
Aurelien Collin equalized for Sporting KC in the 76th minute. Collin's goal was a header that converted Graham Zusi's corner kick.
Zusi becomes Sporting KC's all-time leader with five postseason assists.
Collin has scored three goals during the 2013 MLS Cup playoffs, most among any other player in Major League soccer this season.
Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando have played every minute of all 19 playoff games in Real Salt Lake team history.
Nick Rimando led MLS with two penalty kicks saved in the 2013 regular season. Rimando only made one save on Saturday during the penalty kick shootout.
Saturday marks the first time MLS Cup was held in Kansas City. Sporting Park is the first stadium to host the MLS All-Star Game, U.S. Men's National Team and MLS Cup in the same year.
Saturday's match was the 36th consecutive MLS sell out at Sporting Park dating back to 2012.
Attendance on Saturday was 21,650, tying the venue record set in the Eastern Conference Championship.
Real Salt Lake had the most penalty kick goals (6) among all MLS teams in the 2013 regular season, but missed four of the team's 10 penalty kicks in Saturday's shootout.
Since 2011, Sporting KC led MLS with 214 successful corners into the penalty area in the regular season and Sporting KC also led MLS with a 29.94% accuracy rate on crosses/corners in the 2013 regular season. Sporting Kansas City's lone goal in MLS Cup 2013 came on a successful corner into the penalty area.
Sporting KC led MLS with 450 chances created (incl. assists) in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Sporting KC led MLS with 101 chances created from set play in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Since 2011, Sporting KC leads MLS with 33 goal assists from set play in MLS competition (including playoffs).
Sporting KC leads MLS with 599 shots in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Sporting KC leads MLS with 4,737 duels and 2,395 duels won in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Sporting KC leads MLS with 1,498 aerials and 826 aerials won in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Sporting KC leads MLS with 840 tackles and 647 tackles won in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Sporting KC leads MLS with 1,294 clearances (incl. punches) and 819 headed clearances in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
MLS Cup 2013 was C.J. Sapong's 100th game played in MLS competition (including playoffs).
Chance Myers celebrated his 26th birthday on Saturday.
Real Salt Lake had no shots on goal in the first half on Saturday.
Sporting KC leads MLS with 946 interceptions in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Sporting KC led MLS with 92 headed shots and 14 headed goals during the regular season. Sporting KC leads MLS with 41 headed shots on goal in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Sporting KC leads MLS with 584 fouls conceded and 508 fouls won in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Sporting KC leads MLS with 73 cautions in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Aurelien Collin leads MLS with 15 cautions in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Saturday was the longest penalty kick shootout in MLS history requiring 10 shooters.
Aurelien Collin's 347 clearances, 297 duels won, 258 headed clearances and 165 aerials won are most in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Aurelien Collin's 153 interceptions are most in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013. Oriol Rosell ranks second with 149.
Graham Zusi's 154 corners in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013 are most in MLS, including a league high 55 successful corners into the penalty area.
His 99 successful crosses/corners in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013 also lead the league.
Graham Zusi leads MLS with 60 chances created from set play in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013.
Sporting KC had 56 percent of the possession on Saturday to Real Salt Lake's 44 percent.
Sporting Kansas City was second in possession with 55.25% in MLS competition (including playoffs) in 2013, trailing only Real Salt Lake (55.26%).
Since 2011, RSL (54.64%) and Sporting KC (53.08%) rank first and second in possession in MLS competition (including playoffs).
Sporting KC (21) and Real Salt Lake (17) led all playoff teams in headed shots in the postseason. No other team had more than 10.
Since 2011, Sporting KC led MLS with 229 chances created from set play in the regular season. Real Salt Lake ranked second with 185.
Since 2011, Real Salt Lake leads MLS with 183 cautions in MLS competition (including playoffs). Sporting KC trails with 182.
Since 2011, Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City have had the two best defenses in Major League Soccer among teams that competed all three seasons. Sporting Kansas City (106) and Real Salt Lake (122) have allowed the fewest goals in MLS competition (including playoffs). Sporting KC (1,028) and Real Salt Lake (1,150) also had the fewest shots faced in the regular season.
Sporting KC has won the most MLS matches (including playoffs) of all teams in 2013 with 19 victories.
Sporting Kansas City lead all 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs teams with 98 shots in the postseason. Real Salt Lake finished in second with 67.
Saturday marked the first time Kansas City had to take penalty kicks to determine a match winner during playoffs since 1996.
Three Pearl Harbor survivors were honored on the field before the match.
Saturday was the coldest day on record in MLS history at 20 degrees.
Sporting Kansas City won their second MLS Cup, the club's first since 2000. It was their third appearance in the MLS championship game.
Sporting Kansas City is now tied for the third most league titles among MLS teams behind LA Galaxy and D.C. United.
MLS Cup was decided by a penalty shootout for a third time (also: 2006, 2009). Real Salt Lake are the only team to have been involved in two MLS Cup shootouts.
At 10 rounds (20 penalty kicks), it was the longest penalty shootout in MLS Cup history, and the longest penalty shootout ever in any MLS match.
MLS Cup went into extra time for an eighth time, the first time since 2010.
Aurelien Collin was named the Volkswagen MLS Cup 2013 MVP. It was the second consecutive year a defender was named MLS Cup MVP (Omar Gonzalez, LA); they are the only two defenders to win the honor in the 18 MLS Cups.
Vermes became the fifth former player to win MLS Cup as a head coach [also: Jason Kreis (2009); Dominic Kinnear (2006, '07); Peter Nowak (2004); Frank Yallop (2001, '03)].
RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando was in his fourth penalty shootout in an MLS game in his career. In penalty shootouts, 12 of 30 attempts have not scored (8 saved, 2 high, 1 wide, 1 crossbar).
Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen was in his first shootout in an MLS match. Sporting won the 2012 U.S. Open Cup in a penalty shootout vs. Seattle Sounders FC, who converted two of five penalties vs. Nielsen (2 high, 1 saved).
Real Salt Lake hit the woodwork three times (Findley, 29', R post; Beckerman, 62', R post; Morales, 73', L post) - the most of any team ever in an MLS Cup Final.
Real Salt Lake became the first team to lose both MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup final in the same season. RSL was the 11th team to play in both finals in the same year.
MLS Cup was scoreless at halftime for the fifth time (previously: '02, '05, '06, '11).
For the ninth time in 18 finals, and the sixth time in the last eight finals, the team that scored first did not win MLS Cup.
Game time temperature was 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It was the coldest MLS Cup Final in history, and the coldest recorded temperature at kickoff of any game in MLS history.


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