MLS Cup 2013-Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake Live on Free TV online
Sporting Kansas City versus Real Salt Lake is n’t a rivalry. It’s more like a bitter feud based on a little bit of bad blood, a lot of similarities and major philosophical differences. For Sporting Kansas City and
, the MLS Cup narrative has been
crafted with a series of buzz words, Continuity, Philosophy, and Identity. Real Salt
It’s also one of the best match-ups the league can offer: Two highly competitive small-market teams with dedicated owners, distinctive identities and savvy front offices, passionate fan bases and young head coaches with clear soccer identities. Also, the games are usually intense.
The conference champions have earned the right to throw those terms around. While
City is defined by its high-pressing 4-3-3 formation, 's Salt
Lake 4-4-2 diamond offers a more elegant approach. But those
differences are outweighed by the parallels. Both teams, for the most part,
live and die by their styles.
After the postseason failures of recent years, Kansas City and Salt Lake on Saturday will converge on the league's grandest stage.
RSL in 2013 overcame what Kreis thought would be a .500 campaign, going
16-10-8 before ousting the LA Galaxy and Portland Timbers
from the postseason. Although salary cap restrictions forced the off-season
exits of Jamison Olave, Will Johnson and Fabian Espindola, in-house
replacements Chris Schuler and Luis Gil, along with the re-acquired Robbie
Findley, filled the void — particularly come playoff time.
Sporting, on the other hand, rode the league's stingiest defense to a 17-10-7 mark, then exorcised its playoff demons with aggregate wins against the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo, the side that eliminated Kansas City each of the past two seasons.
City with its two-point advantage in the standings
won the right to host the title game at Salt Lake , bringing the league's marquee
spectacle to Sporting
Match: Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake
December 7, 2013
Start Time: /
Stadium: Sporting Park
Where to watch: http://p2pcast.net
Real Salt Lake (4-1-2-1-2): Jeff Attinella, Lovel Palmer, Nat Borchers, Aaron Maund, Chris Wingert, Yordany Alvarez (79' - Khari Stephenson), Ned Grabavoy, Luis Gil, Javier Morales (C), Joao Plata (68' - Abdoulie Mansally), Robbie Findley (69' - Olmes Garcia)
Substitutions Not Used: Lalo Fernandez, Enzo Martinez, Sebastian Velasquez,
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Jimmy Nielsen (C), Chance Meyers, Aurelien Collin, Ike Opara, Seth Sinovic, Graham Zusi, Oriol Rosell, Peterson Joseph (63' - Lawrence Olum), Kei Kamara, Claudio Bieler, Soony Saad (79' - Benny Feilhaber)