[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.
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
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. Shootout
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-
Magee goal (3-3) RSL-
Williams saved (3-3) LA-
Wingert goal (4-4) LA-
Buddle saved (4-4) RSL-
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,