Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake: Score, Recap and Analysis for MLS Cup Final 2013

Sporting Kansas City came out on top in a 10-round shootout following a 1-1 tie to defeat Real Salt Lake and win the 2013 MLS Cup on Saturday at Sporting Park.

This is the second time, and first since 2000, that Sporting KC have hoisted the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.

This wasn't the most beautifully played match, but it was exciting. 

There was also a decent reason for why the players weren't performing at their peak ability. It was insanely cold for this match:  

With a matchup of MLS' highest scoring team, Real Salt Lake, and the league's stingiest defense, Sporting KC, fans witnessed a tale of two halves.

The first was a defensive affair inspired by the strong defensive pressure of Sporting.

Salt Lake took just three shots in the half and none were on goal. Conversely, Kansas City took 10 shots with three coming on goal in the first half. 


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