MLS Cup 2013: Keys to Final Match for Sporting and Royals

Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City will compete for the same 2013 MLS Cup Trophy on Saturday, Dec. 7, but they won’t compete with the same strategy.

Each football club has a different key that will swing the match its way if accomplished. Here are those keys.


Real Salt Lake: Push the Tempo

Only one team scored more goals in the regular season this year than the Royals. Their offensive is explosive, and their best chance to claim the MLS Cup crown is to take advantage of that explosiveness by pushing the tempo.

Leading this lethal scoring attack will be the top goal scorer and assist man in the contest. Alvaro Saborio scored 12 goals this season, finishing tied for seventh in MLS. Javier Morales, who scored eight goals himself, also notched 10 assists, fourth most in the league.

Sitting back and playing it safe takes the game out of the hands of Saborio and Morales. Pushing the tempo a...

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