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December 7, 2013 4:00 PM EST
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ H. Grajeda‎
Attendance:‬ 21650‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sporting KC 1-1 (7-6 SO) Real Salt Lake

Goal measures up the players who were in action during the MLS Cup Final, as Kansas City lifted its second-ever league title.

By Jon Arnold

  • Jimmy Nielsen
    6
    3
    3.00

    Jimmy Nielsen

    Didn't have the best performance during the match, leaving his defenders to make a clearance off the line in the first and was slow to react on a number of occasions, including the goal. Yet he was huge in the shootout and is a big reason Sporting is the champion.

  • Matt Besler
    7
    1
    2.00

    Matt Besler

    Besler was troubled by Robbie Findley for much of the night but seemed to literally warm up after the half and look like the international caliber player he is.

  • Chance Myers
    6
    1
    2.00

    Chance Myers

    An average night for Myers with some good chances getting forward and some struggles defensively.

  • Seth Sinovic
    9
    0
    3.50

    Seth Sinovic

    Made a goal line clearance in the 29th minute and an excellent recovery in the 87th minute before converting the first sudden death penalty.

  • Aurellien Collin
    7
    3
    3.50

    Aurellien Collin

    Collin was slow to settle in but once he settled down he was good on defense. His set piece prowess got his club to extra time and he didn't make many missteps after the goal.

  • Paulo Nagamura
    5
    2
    2.00

    Paulo Nagamura

    Nagamura missed an early opportunity in the fourth minute and struggled to impact the match in the first 90 minutes. His fitness showed in extra time and he made one of SKC's penalties to top a bit of a resurgence.

  • Graham Zusi
    4
    4
    3.00

    Graham Zusi

    Beltran defended him well, but Zusi's set piece deliveries were vital, including the assist on Sporting's goal. His missed penalty that could've won the trophy will, fortunately for him, be a historical footnote.

  • Benny Feilhaber
    5
    5
    2.50

    Benny Feilhaber

    He was invisible for large portions of the match but stepped up when it mattered, contributing on several attacks in extra time and converted his penalty.

  • Oriol Rosell
    1
    4

    Oriol Rosell

    Injured and became the earliest player substituted in MLS Cup history.

  • Dominic Dwyer
    3
    5
    2.00

    Dominic Dwyer

    Got in the right places but lacked the finishing touch as he has so often on the biggest stages.

  • C.J. Sapong
    5
    4
    2.50

    C.J. Sapong

    Sapong was the player Salt Lake back line was least excited to see with some savvy movements but came away with nothing to show for it aside from making one of the penalties.

Substitutions

  • Lawrence Olum
    3
    4

    Lawrence Olum

    Called into action after eight minutes when Rosell went out injured but didn't miss a beat. Impressive in front of the back four.

  • Claudio Bieler
    4
    3
    2.50

    Claudio Bieler

    Stepped up and scored the first penalty with authority after coming on in the 72nd minute. He missed a chance that could've won the game in regulation, though.

  • Nick Rimando
    8
    1
    3.50

    Nick Rimando

    There isn't a better keeper in the league, and Rimando showed it during the match. Had a massive save before the half to keep his team in front and did it again early in extra time. Not much he could've done about the goal and it's harsh to hold penalties against him.

  • Tony Beltran
    7
    1
    3.00

    Tony Beltran

    The young right back kept Graham Zusi in check for most of the game, which is no easy feat. He wasn't able to do as much going forward, though, with his hands full.

  • Nat Borchers
    3
    2
    2.50

    Nat Borchers

    Taking a cleat in the face from Dwyer seemed to jar the center back who eased into the match as it went along. He made a crucial penalty during the shootout, even if it was for naught.

  • Chris Wingert
    4
    2
    1.50

    Chris Wingert

    Never really got into the match and was the first man to get the hook for RSL after coming out with an injury.

  • Chris Schuler
    5
    1
    3.00

    Chris Schuler

    He might be playoff MVP, and while he didn't show any of the offensive firepower, barring the penalty he converted in the shootout, he was stern in defense, though overzealous at times.

  • Kyle Beckerman
    8
    2
    3.50

    Kyle Beckerman

    The veteran turned in the type of performance that has made him so successful in this league. His assist was otherworldly, and he was good defensively and in distribution as well.

  • Javier Morales
    5
    5
    2.00

    Javier Morales

    The playmaker was anonymous in the first half and didn't get involved until late. He was better as the game progressed and converted his penalty.

  • Ned Grabavoy
    3
    5
    2.50

    Ned Grabavoy

    Generally annoyed Sporting and had a few chances that were promising but didn't materialize.

  • Luis Gil
    4
    5
    2.00

    Luis Gil

    An adequate performance from the young midfielder, but he certainly didn't get involved as often as Jason Kreis would've liked and made way in the 87th minute.

  • Robbie Findley
    7
    1
    3.00

    Robbie Findley

    An excellent showing off the ball from the Arizona native outfitted in short sleeves in the frigid temperatures. He troubled Sporting's center backs for most of the game, getting the best of Matt Besler on several occasions.

  • A. Saborío
    1
    5
    2.00

    A. Saborío

    Sabo's name wasn't called often, and he showed his class when he took his goal, but he skied a penalty that was vital for his club.

Substitutions

  • Lovel Palmer
    2
    7
    2.00

    Lovel Palmer

    Did a very nice job after coming on in the 72nd minute. Palmer snuffed out a handful of KC attacks and played good balls forward. Of course, his showing this match will be forever remembered for missing the penalty that would've kept his team in the contest.

  • Juan Sebastián Velásquez
    1
    6
    1.00

    Juan Sebastián Velásquez

    A tough day for the youngster who looked lost after being substituted in and had a penalty that would've made him the hero saved.

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