Sporting Kansas City Wins Major League Soccer National Championship

Dec 8, 2013

Sporting Kansas City and MLS Cup opponent, Real Salt Lake tied the score 1-1 after two hours of regulation play. That left a “shoot out” a series of kicks with just one player, squared off against the opposing teams goal keeper, to settle the national championship.  

A jubilant crowd at the Bier Station in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City celebrates Sporting KC’s win.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

Fans across Kansas City, and a sold out stadium, watched as the longest shoot out in MLS playoff history unfolded. The score was tied, again after 10 kicks. But in the end, Sporting KC put seven in the net, Salt Lake, six.

This was the second time a professional Kansas City soccer club has gone the national championship.   Sporting KC’s predecessor, the Wizards took it in 2000.