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How the MLS Cup penalty kick shootout went

Dec 7, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

MLS Cup 2

KANSAS CITY — Round-by-round as Sporting Kansas City wins MLS Cup 2013 in a 10-round penalty kick tiebreaker.

(Check back for much, much more from Sporting Park in Kansas City.)

Sporting Kansas City: Claudio Bieler, fires very hard left, with no problem.

Real Salt Lake: Alvaro Saborio, approaches slowly and goes well high. 1-0 to Sporting KC after one round.

Sporting Kansas City: Paulo Nagamura, chips softly to the right, sending Rimando the wrong way.

Real Salt Lake: Ned Grabavoy stutter-steps up and shoots rather tamely to the left, Nielsen chooses correctly and parries. SKC has a 2-0 lead after two rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: Matt Besler, takes the tiniest of approaches and sees his shot to the right saved.

Real Salt Lake: Kyle Beckerman, sends Nielsen the wrong way and scores RSL’s first high and to the left. 3-1 for SKC after three rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: Benny Feilhaber shoots high and just to Rimando’s left.

Real Salt Lake: Joao Plata, the sub hits hard and high to the left, scoring comfortably.

Sporting Kansas City: Graham Zusi, approaches comfortably but pulls a “Saborio,” going high. Well, maybe not as high as Sabo, but high.

Real Salt Lake: Javier Morales, long run-up, then a slow approach … very coolly goes left as Nielsen goes the wrong way. Score tied 3-3 after five rounds,

Sporting Kansas City: Seth Sinovic, aims low and left and puts it in the right spot.

Real Salt Lake: Chris Schuler, First one to go straight down the middle! And it works. Score tied 4-4 after six rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: C.J. Sapong, not the very best spot shot ever, low and slow to the left, but successful.

Real Salt Lake: Tony Beltran, Oh! … Just off the inside of the post. 5-5 after seven rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: Lawrence Olum, sends Rimando the wrong way, but pushes his low shot wide to the left.

Real Salt Lake: Sebastien Velasquez, the youngster approaches tentatively and puts the ball into a diving Nielsen’s gut!  Touch spot for him. Score tied 5-5 after eight rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: Chance Myers, his softly but high and the right, well placed.

Real Salt Lake: Nat Borchers, very hard and straight up the middle, the second RSL center back to do so. 6-6 after nine rounds.

Sporting Kansas City: Aurelien Collin, one of the best shots yet! High and left and unreachable.

Real Salt Lake: Lovel Palmer, blasts his shot off the cross bar. Kansas City wins the penalty kick tiebreaker, 7-6 after 10 rounds.

  1. talgrath - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    I think the cold and ice was definitely a factor in the penalty kicks, a lot of them looked awkward and the keepers seemed less than confident coming off their lines. Great game nonetheless!

  2. overtherepermanently - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I hate everything about Vermes’ Flying Elbows, but the KC fans deserve this win. They’ve done well to turn their city into a real soccer town.

  3. hildezero - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Nielsen wasn’t himself in this game. He woke up when the penalties started.

  4. bostonredsoccer - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    I’m disappointed it didn’t come down to the keepers taking PKs.

    • bear06 - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:20 AM


  5. nickp91 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    MLS Champions this is one for the record books!! 10 rounds on penalty kicks

  6. dreadpirate82 - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I was just to Nielsen’s right in the 4th row, and we could see the ball roll forward on Palmer, just as he was about to take the PK. I confirmed it after checking the replay. I’m gonna take credit for The Cauldron making the ball move with our noise. Great night. Great teams. Great players. Great fans. Great everything. Excellent showing by the RSL faithful. I spotted a few exchanges of RSL & SKC gear after the game. Cool to see all hostility fly out the window as soon as the match was over. MLS should be proud of this one.

  7. bobinkc - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Gee, overthere, you really need to chill out or, if you missed the game here, take some drugs and calm down. Check the stats and see who had the most penalties recorded in this one and get back to us, especially with an apology.

    SKC won and we are all so happy!

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