As we sit here at the end of another semester at Duke, it's gotten me thinking about the way we draw things to a close in the sport of soccer. All tie-is-like-kissing-your-sister jokes aside, I'm talking about penalty kicks.
Last week as I was sitting in the press box anxiously awaiting the kickoff of the ACC championship game, I got an ESPN ScoreCenter alert on my phone.
Oooh shiny! As a Toronto FC supporters' website, we do not have any legal obligation to write about the MLS Cup. Or playoffs. Or winning records. Or hope. Actually we're not responsible for much aside from the latest on Raivis Hscanovics "War on Vowels".
Despite that, we didn't want to ignore what is a tasty MLS Cup Final.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Sporting Kansas City spent the past few years knocking on the door of an MLS Cup title and on Saturday they finally made their way through.
Sporting KC won the 2013 MLS Cup in front of 21,650 fans on a frigid Saturday evening at Sporting Park, defeating Real Salt Lake, 7-6, on penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 draw that had plenty of physical play and drama.
MLS Real Salt Lake met Sporting KC for the MLS Cup on a frigid afternoon today at Kansas City's Sporting Park. The temperature was the coldest ever for anMLS final, at 20 degrees F(the second coldest, in Toronto 2010, was over twice as "warm" at 43 degrees).Sporting KC lined up in a 4-3-3(Nielsen; Sinovic, Besler, Collin, Myers; Feilhaber, Rosell, Nagamura; Zusi, Dwyer,Sapong)while RSL
Sporting Kansas City takes on Real Salt Lake today in the 2013 MLS Cup Final at Sporting Park (4pm, ESPN).
Sporting KC is hosting the final, and will look to overcome the frigid conditions for a second straight match as Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber lead KC's attack against a Real Salt Lake side riding a wave of confidence after posting impressive playoff victories against the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.
It's game day at Sporting Park.For the second year in a row, Sporting KC's home will be hosting a final. Last year, Sporting prevailed over the Seattle Sounders on penalty kicks to win their first trophy since 2004.
And while that trophy was important to the team and the fans, this afternoon at Sporting Park is a much bigger game.
After two weeks of wait, tomorrow, MLS Cup is finally here. Sporting KC will take the field at Sporting Park against Real Salt Lake with the chance to win their first MLS Cup since 2000.The match up is going to take place freezing temperatures, with a wind chill as low as the single digits during the game.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Real Salt Lake could very well be at full health on Saturday.
Set to take on Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in the 2013 MLS Cup Final, RSL head coach Jason Kreis will have most if not all of his players available. Forward Alvaro Saborio (hip flexor) and left back Chris Wingert (fractured rib and pneumothorax) have recovered from their injuries, have practiced with the club the last couple of weeks and should be available for the championship match on Saturday afternoon.
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Well back in my younger days there were these MLS playoffs and as I recall four teams played for the right to play in the MLS Championship game.
We're less than 48 hours away from MLS Cup. And with the game so close, there's lots of news coming out as soccer journalists around the US have descended on Kansas City for the final. Here's some news from today as MLS Cup gets closer.
This has been one of the big talking points for the last few weeks or so.
As the MLS Cup Final crawls closes, coach-vs-coach, position-vs-position, and style-vs-style breakdowns are appearing. It was, however, a piece way back on November 25th by Grantland writer Graham Parker that began a two-week long journey into a tactical rabbit hole. The trigger was the description of this Cup final as a "referendum.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. Seth Sinovic will not be looking for revenge when he lines up on Saturday against Real Salt Lake, the same club that took him on trial two years ago before deciding against bringing him on board.
Over the past week or so, other than Ticket gate, one of the main talking points of this weekend's MLS Cup final has been the difference in style of play between Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake. A lot of talk has been made of Sporting's "thugish" style against Salt Lake's more beautiful style of play.
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando claimed his second-straight MLS Save of the Year award today.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper won the award for his double save against the Colorado Rapids in Week 23 that denied Jaime Castrillón's snap header before sprawling the other way to tip the rebound away before the ball could go in off an Real Salt Lake player.
Donovan Ricketts resumes his reign as top goalkeeper in Major League Soccer.
With the edge in club votes and player votes, respect from his colleagues has earned Ricketts his second MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award, the league announced Wednesday.
The Jamaican international guided a still-developing Portland Timbers back line under first-year coach Caleb Porter with poise, displaying the leadership of a veteran and making big saves along the way.
KANSAS CITY Win or lose, Saturday's MLS Cup Final could be Jason Kreis' last game as head coach of Real Salt Lake.
Kreis admitted as much during RSL's first 2013 MLS Cup press conference on Thursday night, just two days before he leads the club to the championship match against hosts Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park.
Veteran defender Kevin Alston was one of nine players across the league who opted out of Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Process prior to its start at 3pm on Thursday.
In addition to Alston, Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Mike Chabala (Houston), Yordany Alvarez (Real Salt Lake), Daniel Paladini (Chicago), Andre Akpan (New York), Josh Ford (Seattle), Bobby Convey (Toronto FC) and Tommy Heinemann (Vancouver) all pulled out of Thursday's proceedings.
Sources have confirmed to Fire Confidential that CJ Brown is returning to the Fire as an assistant coach under Frank Yallop. Brown joined Real Salt Lake's staff after retiring at the conclusion of the 2010 season and now has a chance to rejoin the club he started his MLS career with. An official announcement is expected tomorrow.