MLS Cup 2013

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MLS Cup 2013
2013 MLS Cup Logo.jpg
EventMLS Cup
Kansas City won 7-6 on penalties
DateDecember 7, 2013
VenueSporting Park, Kansas City, KS
Most Valuable PlayerAurélien Collin (SKC)[1]
RefereeHilario Grajeda
WeatherSunny, 20 °F (−7 °C)[3]
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MLS Cup 2013
2013 MLS Cup Logo.jpg
EventMLS Cup
Kansas City won 7-6 on penalties
DateDecember 7, 2013
VenueSporting Park, Kansas City, KS
Most Valuable PlayerAurélien Collin (SKC)[1]
RefereeHilario Grajeda
WeatherSunny, 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 CityRoundReal Salt Lake
Eastern Conference
New York Red Bulls3417985841+1759
Sporting Kansas City34171074730+1758
New England Revolution34141194938+1151
Houston Dynamo34141194141051
Montreal Impact34141375049+149
Regular season
Western Conference
Portland Timbers34145155433+2157
Real Salt Lake34161085741+1656
Los Angeles Galaxy34151185338+1553
Seattle Sounders FC34151274242052
Colorado Rapids34141194538+751
New England Revolution4–31-2 away; 3–1 homeConf. SemifinalsLos Angeles Galaxy2–10–1 away; 2–0 home
Houston Dynamo2-10–0 away; 2-1 homeConference FinalsPortland Timbers5–24–2 home; 1–0 away

Tournament Bracket[edit]

East Knockout
E4Houston Dynamo3
E5Montreal Impact0
West Knockout
W4Seattle Sounders FC2
W5Colorado Rapids0
 Conference SemifinalsConference FinalsMLS Cup 2013

E1 New York Red Bulls21 
E4 Houston Dynamo22 
 E4 Houston Dynamo01 
Eastern Conference
 E2 Sporting Kansas City02 
E2 Sporting Kansas City13
E3 New England Revolution21 
 E2 Sporting Kansas City (p)1(7)
 W2 Real Salt Lake1(6)
W1 Portland Timbers23 
W4 Seattle Sounders FC12 
 W1 Portland Timbers20
Western Conference
 W2 Real Salt Lake41 
W2 Real Salt Lake02
W3 LA Galaxy10 

Sporting Kansas City[edit]

Real Salt Lake[edit]


Sporting Kansas City
Real Salt Lake
GK1Denmark Jimmy Nielsen (c)
RB7United States Chance Myers
CB78France Aurélien CollinBooked 35'
CB5United States Matt Besler
LB15United States Seth Sinovic
RM6Brazil Paulo Nagamura
CM20Spain Oriol RosellSubstituted off 8'
LM10United States Benny FeilhaberBooked 103'
RW8United States Graham Zusi
CF14England Dom DwyerSubstituted off 72'
LW17United States C. J. Sapong
GK18United States Eric Kronberg
MF37United States Jacob Peterson
DF23Argentina Federico Bessone
FW16Argentina Claudio BielerSubstituted in 72'
DF3United States Ike Opara
FW9United States Teal Bunbury
DF13Kenya Lawrence OlumSubstituted in 8'
United States Peter Vermes
GK18United States Nick Rimando
RB2United States Tony Beltran
CB6United States Nat Borchers
CB28United States Chris Schuler
LB17United States Chris WingertBooked 24'Substituted off 72'
DM5United States Kyle Beckerman (c)Booked 100'
RM21United States Luis GilSubstituted off 87'
LM20United States Ned Grabavoy
AM11Argentina Javier Morales
ST15Costa Rica Álvaro SaboríoBooked 44'
ST10United States Robbie FindleySubstituted off 112'
DF7Jamaica Lovel PalmerSubstituted in 72'
DF44United States Brandon McDonald
GK24United States Jeff Attinella
MF12United States Cole Grossman
FW8Ecuador Joao PlataSubstituted in 112'
MF26Colombia Sebastián VelásquezSubstituted in 87'
FW13Colombia 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 CityReal Salt Lake
Goals scored11
Total shots2412
Shots on target52
Corner kicks91
Fouls committed1921
Yellow cards23
Red cards00


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