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Real Salt Lake wins on penalty kicks
by Paul Kennedy, November 22nd, 2009 11:07PM



[MLS CUP '09] Real Salt Lake won MLS Cup '09 5-4 on penalty kicks after their game ended in a 1-1 tie after regulation and overtime. It became the first MLS team to win a championship after finishing the regular season with a losing record.

U.S. national team penalty kick specialist Landon Donovan missed over the bar and Nick Rimando saved shots by Jovan Kirovski and Edson Buddle in the shootout.

Robbie Russell had the deciding goal for RSL in the seventh round of penalties.

Both teams lost players to injuries. Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales went off with a knee injury in the first half, and Galaxy goalie Donovan Rickets and defender Omar Gonzalez went off with injuries in the second half.

Josh Saunders, Ricketts' replacement, made two stops in the shootout, including what could have been the deciding goal by Jamaican Andy Williams.

Mike Magee gave the Galaxy the lead late in the first half on assists from Donovan and David Beckham. Robbie Findley tied the score off a scramble in front of the Galaxy goal.

RSL coach Jason Kreis became the youngest coach to ever win an MLS Cup.

Beckham goal (1-0)
RSL-Mathis goal (1-1)
LA-Berhalter goal (2-1)
RSL-Findley goal (2-2)
LA-Kirovski saved (2-2)
RSL-Beckerman saved (2-2)
LA-Donovan over crosbar (2-2)
RSL-Espindola goal (3-2)
LA-Magee goal (3-3)
RSL-Williams saved (3-3)
LA-Klein goal (4-3)
RSL-Wingert goal (4-4)
LA-Buddle saved (4-4)
RSL-Russell goal (5-4)

Nov. 23 in Seattle
Los Angeles 1 Real Salt Lake 1.
Goals: Magee 41; Findley 64.
Los Angeles -- Ricketts (Saunders, 66), Franklin, Berhalter, Gonzalez (Delagarza, 89), Dunivant, Kirovski, Beckham, Birchall (Klein, 79), Donovan, Buddle, Magee.
Real Salt Lake -- Rimando, Russell, Olave, Borchers, Wingert, Williams, Morales (Mathis, 22), Beckerman, Johnson (Grabavoy, 46), Findley, Movsisyan (Espindola, 75).

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