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Player Ratings: RSL (6) 1-1 Sporting KC (7)

Nick Rimando - 8 He made plenty of saves that kept RSL in a great position throughout the Cup game. He also made a key save in PKs that kept them breathing. Good performance from the seasoned...

Player Ratings: RSL (6) 1-1 Sporting KC (7)

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Nick Rimando - 8 He made plenty of saves that kept RSL in a great position throughout the Cup game. He also made a key save in PKs that kept them breathing. Good performance from the seasoned...

RSL falls in pursuit of MLS Cup in penalties

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RSL was unable to close the game down in the dying minutes of regulation and ended up losing on PKs 7 to 6. In regulation, the first half of play was fairly broken up and it took a while for either...

At the precipice, RSL shows retention, no rebuild

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Well, we're back. It took four years, heartbreak, and a couple finals, but we've returned to the MLS Cup Final. I'm not going to talk about rebuilding years. I'm not going to talk about the pain...

RSL's 2009 MLS Cup winners and their impact today

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Seven RSL players featured in the 2009 MLS Cup Final that are likely to start today -- let's talk about what impact they could have on proceedings. Nick Rimando: It's easy to spot the effect Nick...

Three Questions with the Daily Wiz

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Ben Gartland, an editor at The Daily Wiz, SB Nation's Sporting Kansas City blog, spoke to us about his side's approach and chance ahead of the MLS Cup Final.

RSL Soapbox Roundtable: 2013 MLS Cup preview

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RSL Soapbox contributors Kreg Asay, Chad Loveland, and Jason Greenwood shared some thoughts on Saturday's impending match — easily the biggest match of the year, paired against an opponent which...

MLS Cup 2013: Chris Schuler winning plaudits

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We've talked a lot about Chris Schuler in recent weeks. It's easy to see why: The defender has come back into the side and steadied the ship, taking us to an MLS Cup final in the process.

Stats Breakdown: RSL away, SKC home similar

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If you were to ask a neutral listening to hype around the league about the style of play Sporting Kansas City deploy as compared to Real Salt Lake's, you'll surely get a list of things that are...

MLS Cup 2013: Recapping RSL's late 2-1 loss to SKC

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Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City might have a little bit of history, but the most recent meeting between the two sides -- back on July 20 -- saw SKC visiting Rio Tinto and walking away with...

MLS Cup ticketing controversy reaches a boil

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Real Salt Lake fans seem likely to find MLS Cup tickets hard to come by, with the "public release" of tickets restricted to Kansas and Missouri residents. You haven't had to go far to see...

RSL should start Saborio in MLS Cup final

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Sporting Kansas City have one of the strongest central pairings in MLS. Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin are two very strong players, particularly in a system where finesse is less of a concern than...

RSL v Portland stats show midfield success

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The four starting defenders ended with 41/80 completed passes, for 51 percent passing. My initial thought is that it's the lowest passing percentage from the defensive line all year. Still, A...

Player Ratings: RSL excels in win over Portland

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Nick Rimando - 7 Rimando was able to stop a couple of slight threats from the Timbers, but overall the game was easy for him. He barked at his defenders early and that was the best thing he did all...

How RSL managed to not only win, but to control

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For roughly 60 minutes, Real Salt Lake was not just the better side when you looked at the scoreline, but it was the better side on the pitch. At one point in the second half -- and it wasn't an...

RSL off to MLS Cup after 5-2 aggregate win

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Real Salt Lake will have their chance at a second MLS Cup on December 7. After beating Portland Timbers 5-2 on aggregate, with a 4-2 win for the first leg at Rio Tinto Stadium setting the wheels...

Match Preview: Kreis left with decisions to make

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Jason Kreis has been left with a few key decisions to make for this second leg. Ned Grabavoy is again fit, and Chris Wingert and Alvaro Saborio are both out. Who starts in their places? Left back...

Path to MLS Cup passes through Kansas City

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Sporting Kansas City defeated Houston Dynamo 2-1, earning the MLS Eastern Conference Championship and sealing hosting rights for a Dec. 7 MLS Cup Final. Real Salt Lake, then, will be hoping that...

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