MLS Cup 2009

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MLS Cup 2009
Real Salt Lake won 5–4 on penalties
Date November 22, 2009
Venue Qwest Field, Seattle
Man of the Match Nick Rimando
(Real Salt Lake)
Attendance 46,011
Weather Cloudy and 45 °F (7 °C)

MLS Cup 2009, the 14th edition of Major League Soccer's championship match, was played between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake to decide the champion of the 2009 season. The final was played at Qwest Field in Seattle on November 22, 2009.[1] Salt Lake won the game 5–4 in a penalty shootout following a 1–1 draw.[2] A penalty miss in the shoot-out from Los Angeles striker Edson Buddle left Salt Lake defender Robbie Russell to score and give the club their first title in only their fifth season.[3] It was the second MLS Cup to match two Western Conference teams against each other. The crowd of 46,011 was the largest since the 2002 MLS Cup, when 61,316 witnessed the title game at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts. 2009 marked Galaxy's 6th appearance in an MLS final; the most out of any other club in the league and extended to 9 in 2011, 2012, and 2014.

ESPN televised the match in English and Galavisión in Spanish. This was the first time that the MLS championship match was televised on the cable network after the first thirteen were carried on ABC. GolTV Canada showed the game in Canada

Road to the Final[edit]

Main article: 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs

Match details[edit]

Real Salt Lake
Los Angeles Galaxy
GK 18 United States Nick Rimando
DF 4 Colombia Jámison Olave
DF 6 United States Nat Borchers
DF 3 United States Robbie Russell
DF 17 United States Chris Wingert
MF 11 Argentina Javier Morales Substituted off 22'
MF 5 United States Kyle Beckerman (c)
MF 77 Jamaica Andy Williams
MF 8 Canada Will Johnson YC 14' Substituted off 46'
FW 9 Armenia Yura Movsisyan Substituted off 75'
FW 10 United States Robbie Findley Goal 64'
MF 84 United States Clint Mathis Substituted in 22'
MF 20 United States Ned Grabavoy Substituted in 46'
FW 16 Argentina Fabián Espíndola Substituted in 75'
United States Jason Kreis
GK 1 Jamaica Donovan Ricketts Substituted off 66'
LB 2 United States Todd Dunivant
CB 16 United States Gregg Berhalter
CB 4 United States Omar Gonzalez Substituted off 89'
RB 28 United States Sean Franklin
RM 10 United States Landon Donovan (c)
CM 23 England David Beckham
CM 33 Trinidad and Tobago Chris Birchall YC 39' Substituted off 79'
LM 18 United States Mike Magee Goal 41'
FW 14 United States Edson Buddle
FW 9 United States Jovan Kirovski
GK 12 United States Josh Saunders Substituted in 66'
MF 7 United States Chris Klein Substituted in 79'
DF 20 United States A. J. DeLaGarza Substituted in 89'
United States Bruce Arena

Assistant referees:
United States C.J. Morgante
United States Rob Fereday
Fourth official:
United States Baldomero Toledo


  1. ^ Sounders FC Public Relations (March 11, 2009). "Qwest Field to Host League's 14th Championship Match on Sunday, November 22". Retrieved March 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Salt Lake beat L.A. Galaxy to MLS title". CNN. November 23, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Salt Lake beat L.A. Galaxy to MLS title". ESPN. November 23, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2009.