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MLS Cup 2009
MLS Cup 2009
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)
Attendance 46,011
Weather Cloudy and 45 °F (7 °C)
MLS Cup 2008

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] Qwest Field became the eighth stadium to host the MLS Cup.[3]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Road to the final

Summary of results

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
Pos. Team Pld. Pts.
3 Seattle Sounders FC 30 47
4 Chivas USA 30 45
5 Real Salt Lake 30 40
6 Colorado Rapids 30 40
7 FC Dallas 30 39
Regular season 1st place in Western Conference
Pos. Team Pld. Pts.
1 LA Galaxy 30 48
2 Houston Dynamo 30 48
3 Seattle Sounders FC 30 47
4 Chivas USA 30 45
5 Real Salt Lake 30 40
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
Los Angeles Galaxy
GK 18 United States Nick Rimando
DF 4 Colombia Jámison Olave
DF 6 United States Nat Borchers
DF 3 United States Robbie Russell
DF 17 United States Chris Wingert
MF 11 Argentina Javier Morales Substituted off 22'
MF 5 United States Kyle Beckerman (c)
MF 77 Jamaica Andy Williams
MF 8 Canada Will Johnson YC 14' Substituted off 46'
FW 9 Armenia Yura Movsisyan Substituted off 75'
FW 10 United States Robbie Findley Goal 64'
MF 84 United States Clint Mathis Substituted in 22'
MF 20 United States Ned Grabavoy Substituted in 46'
FW 16 Argentina Fabián Espíndola Substituted in 75'
United States Jason Kreis
GK 1 Jamaica Donovan Ricketts Substituted off 66'
LB 2 United States Todd Dunivant
CB 16 United States Gregg Berhalter
CB 4 United States Omar Gonzalez Substituted off 89'
RB 28 United States Sean Franklin
RM 10 United States Landon Donovan (c)
CM 23 England David Beckham
CM 33 Trinidad and Tobago Chris Birchall YC 39' Substituted off 79'
LM 18 United States Mike Magee Goal 41'
FW 14 United States Edson Buddle
FW 9 United States Jovan Kirovski
GK 12 United States Josh Saunders Substituted in 66'
MF 7 United States Chris Klein Substituted in 79'
DF 20 United States A. J. DeLaGarza Substituted in 89'
United States Bruce Arena

Assistant referees:
United States C.J. Morgante
United States Rob Fereday
Fourth official:
United States Baldomero Toledo


  1. ^ "Salt Lake beat L.A. Galaxy to MLS title". CNN. November 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009. 
  2. ^ "Salt Lake beat L.A. Galaxy to MLS title". ESPN. November 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "MLS Cup 2009 awarded to Seattle" (Press release). Major League Soccer. March 11, 2009. Archived from the original on March 13, 2009. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ O'Neil, Danny (April 15, 2009). "Seahawks bumped from '09 prime time". The Seattle Times. p. C3. 

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