MLS Cup 2013

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MLS Cup 2013
2013 MLS Cup Logo.jpg
Event MLS Cup
Kansas City won 7-6 on penalties
Date December 7, 2013
Venue Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS
Most Valuable Player Aurélien Collin (SKC)[1]
Referee Hilario Grajeda
Attendance 21,650[2]
Weather Sunny, 20 °F (−7 °C)[3]

MLS Cup 2013, the 18th edition of Major League Soccer's championship match, was a soccer match which took place on Saturday, December 7, 2013 between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, United States. The match was to decide the winner of the 2013 season. Sporting KC were making their third appearance in the competition's final, having won in 2000 and losing in 2004. RSL were appearing in their second final, having won their only other in 2009.

It was the first MLS Cup final to be held at Sporting Park and the second time the championship match was not held at a predetermined neutral site. Sporting Kansas City won the right to host the match by besting Real Salt Lake in the regular season standings. This is the first time Kansas City hosted an MLS Cup final and the second final hosted at Sporting Park, the other being the 2012 U.S. Open Cup final.

The 2013 Cup was the first-ever small media market cup, with both Kansas City and Salt Lake City outside of the Top 10 media markets in the US (Kansas City is #28 and Salt Lake City is #32).[4] The tickets for the match were the highest price for the MLS Cup in the past five years, coming in at an average of $302 on the secondary market. This made it the highest priced sports event in the Kansas City area in four years, with the exception of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.[5] The game was the coldest MLS match ever.[6] The shootout was the longest shootout in MLS Cup history.[3]

As MLS Cup finalists, both teams were supposed to be qualified for the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League. Sporting Kansas City (the champion) was to be placed in pot A, and Real Salt Lake (the runner-up) was to be placed in pot B. However, on December 13, 2013, CONCACAF accepted the US Soccer/MLS proposal to change the qualification rules, so that the spot reserved for the MLS Cup runner-up is instead awarded to the regular season conference winner that is not the Supporters' Shield champion, the Portland Timbers. Sporting Kansas City was not affected by this change.[7]

Road to the final[edit]

For more details on this topic, see 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Both teams qualified for the playoffs by finishing in the top five of their respective conferences at the end of the regular season. Sporting Kansas City then beat New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo to reach the final, while Real Salt Lake knocked out defending champions Los Angeles Galaxy and Portland Timbers.

Sporting Kansas City Round Real Salt Lake
Eastern Conference
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
New York Red Bulls 34 17 9 8 58 41 +17 59
Sporting Kansas City 34 17 10 7 47 30 +17 58
New England Revolution 34 14 11 9 49 38 +11 51
Houston Dynamo 34 14 11 9 41 41 0 51
Montreal Impact 34 14 13 7 50 49 +1 49
Regular season
Western Conference
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Portland Timbers 34 14 5 15 54 33 +21 57
Real Salt Lake 34 16 10 8 57 41 +16 56
Los Angeles Galaxy 34 15 11 8 53 38 +15 53
Seattle Sounders FC 34 15 12 7 42 42 0 52
Colorado Rapids 34 14 11 9 45 38 +7 51
Opponent Result Legs Playoffs Opponent Result Legs
New England Revolution 4–3 1-2 away; 3–1 home Conf. Semifinals Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 0–1 away; 2–0 home
Houston Dynamo 2-1 0–0 away; 2-1 home Conference Finals Portland Timbers 5–2 4–2 home; 1–0 away

Tournament Bracket[edit]

East Knockout
E4 Houston Dynamo 3
E5 Montreal Impact 0
West Knockout
W4 Seattle Sounders FC 2
W5 Colorado Rapids 0
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2013

E1  New York Red Bulls 2 1  
E4  Houston Dynamo 2 2  
  E4  Houston Dynamo 0 1  
Eastern Conference
  E2  Sporting Kansas City 0 2  
E2  Sporting Kansas City 1 3
E3  New England Revolution 2 1  
  E2  Sporting Kansas City (p) 1(7)
  W2  Real Salt Lake 1(6)
W1  Portland Timbers 2 3  
W4  Seattle Sounders FC 1 2  
  W1  Portland Timbers 2 0
Western Conference
  W2  Real Salt Lake 4 1  
W2  Real Salt Lake 0 2
W3  LA Galaxy 1 0  

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Real Salt Lake[edit]


Sporting Kansas City
Real Salt Lake
GK 1 Denmark Jimmy Nielsen (c)
RB 7 United States Chance Myers
CB 78 France Aurélien Collin Booked 35'
CB 5 United States Matt Besler
LB 15 United States Seth Sinovic
RM 6 Brazil Paulo Nagamura
CM 20 Spain Oriol Rosell Substituted off 8'
LM 10 United States Benny Feilhaber Booked 103'
RW 8 United States Graham Zusi
CF 14 England Dom Dwyer Substituted off 72'
LW 17 United States C. J. Sapong
GK 18 United States Eric Kronberg
MF 37 United States Jacob Peterson
DF 23 Argentina Federico Bessone
FW 16 Argentina Claudio Bieler Substituted in 72'
DF 3 United States Ike Opara
FW 9 United States Teal Bunbury
DF 13 Kenya Lawrence Olum Substituted in 8'
United States Peter Vermes
GK 18 United States Nick Rimando
RB 2 United States Tony Beltran
CB 6 United States Nat Borchers
CB 28 United States Chris Schuler
LB 17 United States Chris Wingert Booked 24' Substituted off 72'
DM 5 United States Kyle Beckerman (c) Booked 100'
RM 21 United States Luis Gil Substituted off 87'
LM 20 United States Ned Grabavoy
AM 11 Argentina Javier Morales
ST 15 Costa Rica Álvaro Saborío Booked 44'
ST 10 United States Robbie Findley Substituted off 112'
DF 7 Jamaica Lovel Palmer Substituted in 72'
DF 44 United States Brandon McDonald
GK 24 United States Jeff Attinella
MF 12 United States Cole Grossman
FW 8 Ecuador Joao Plata Substituted in 112'
MF 26 Colombia Sebastián Velásquez Substituted in 87'
FW 13 Colombia Olmes García
United States Jason Kreis
Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen raises the MLS Cup with his team after the 2013 MLS Cup against the Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park. Sporting KC won in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

France Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City)[1]

Assistant referees:
Paul Scott (United States)
Bill Dittmar (United States)
Fourth official:
Ismail Elfath (United States)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


Sporting Kansas City Real Salt Lake
Goals scored 1 1
Total shots 24 12
Shots on target 5 2
Saves 1 4
Corner kicks 9 1
Fouls committed 19 21
Offsides 4 3
Yellow cards 2 3
Red cards 0 0


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