|Real Salt Lake won 5-4 on penalties|
|Date||November 22, 2009|
|Venue||Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington, US|
|Man of the Match||Nick Rimando
(Real Salt Lake)
|Weather||Cloudy and 45 °F (7 °C)|
MLS Cup 2009 was the 14th edition of the MLS Cup, the championship match of Major League Soccer (MLS). The match took place on November 22, 2009, at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington, and was contested between the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.
Real Salt Lake won the match 5-4 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw. A penalty miss in the shoot-out from Los Angeles striker Edson Buddle left Salt Lake defender Robbie Russell to score and give the club their first title in only their fifth season. It was the second MLS Cup to match two Western Conference teams against each other. The crowd of 46,011 was the largest since the 2002 MLS Cup, when 61,316 witnessed the title game at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts. 2009 marked Galaxy's 6th appearance in an MLS final; the most out of any other club in the league and extended to 9 in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
ESPN televised the match in English and Galavisión in Spanish. This was the first time that the MLS championship match was televised on the cable network after the first thirteen were carried on ABC. GolTV Canada showed the game in Canada
Qwest Field was announced as the venue for the MLS Cup on March 11, 2009, a week before Seattle Sounders FC played their inaugural match at the stadium. Qwest Field became the eighth stadium to host the MLS Cup.
Qwest Field was built for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League in 2003, but was designed with soccer in mind. It hosted several international friendly matches, as well as part of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, prior to becoming the home stadium of the Seattle Sounders. Due to the use of Qwest Field as the MLS Cup venue, the Seattle Seahawks schedule was modified to include three away games in November.
Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away).
|Real Salt Lake||Round||LA Galaxy|
|5th place in Western Conference||Regular season||1st place in Western Conference|
|Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg||MLS Cup Playoffs||Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Columbus Crew||4-2||1-0 (H)||3-2 (A)||Conference Semifinals||Chivas USA||3-2||2-2 (H)||1-0 (A)|
|Chicago Fire||0-0 (5-4 p)||Conference Finals||Houston Dynamo||2-0 (a.e.t.)|
|Real Salt Lake||1-1 (a.e.t.)||LA Galaxy|
|Findley 64'||Report||Magee 41'|
Real Salt Lake
Los Angeles Galaxy
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