Sporting KC won their first MLS Cup since 2000 with a 7-6 win on penalties against Real Salt Lake. The teams had played to a 1-1 draw in regulation and Lovel Palmer’s miss off the top bar in the penalty stage gave Sporting the win.
Sporting KC's Graham Zusi had a chance to win the match in the first round of penalty kicks, but his shot went high.
KC Defender Aurelien Collin made what ended up to be the match winning penalty shot and it was the first penalty kick of his career.
The match remained 1-1 even after 30 minutes of overtime. The 7-6 shootout was the longest penalty-kick shootout in MLS championship history. Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes stated, “I never think that penalty kicks are the best way to end a game, but you can't just keep going. You have to end it some way.”
This was the third time the MLS Cup came down to penalty kicks.
Alvaro Saborío gave the Real Salt Lake a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute, which stunned the crowd in Kansas City. Real almost put the match away in the next few minutes with two shots that caromed off the crossbar.
In the 76th minute Aurélien Collin knotted the match at 1-1 heading a bullet in the back of the net off a cross from Zusi.
Zusi had a golden chance in the 93rd minute, but Real goalie Rimando made a stellar save knocking the shot over the bar. Saborio looked to score his second goal of the match in the 105th minute, but it was called off because of off sides.