Sporting Kansas City are the new MLS Cup Champions, having defeated Real Salt Lake on penalties at the coldest edition of the championship match in its 18-year history.
Conditions for the MLS showpiece game, held at KC's Sporting Park, were not ideal — the mercury was hovering at around 18°F at kick off and dipped to a thoroughly polar 7°F with wind chill, with players on both sides finding it hard to get traction on the frozen surface.
It was also just the second game that each team had played in the past 28 days, another factor which led to a physical-yet-tepid first half, with little interesting action to speak of (even the MLS seemed to suggest one of the highlights was a man being carried off). In the first 45, it felt more like a League Cup tie in Stoke on a cold Tuesday night than a major cup final.
However, it was truly a game of two halves, which came alive in the 52nd minute when Real Salt Lake's Costa Rican striker Álvaro Saborío broke the deadlock. The highlight of theRead More »from Sporting Kansas City win coldest MLS Cup Final ever after epic penalty shootout