RSL defeat Chicago Fire on penalties to advance to first MLS Cup

Posted on 15 November 2009 by ASN Staff

RSL goalkeeper and PK shootout hero Nick Rimando

Nick Rimando saved three Chicago Fire penalty kicks to help Real Salt Lake win the Eastern Conference on a shootout after 120 minutes of soccer yielded no goals for either team. The victory puts RSL in its first-ever MLS Cup game where they will face the LA Galaxy, victors of a dramatic conference final of their own Friday, and completes a stunning late-season turnaround for the Salt Lake City side.

Jason Kreis’ squad needed the final regular season matchday to sneak into the postseason, then upset the defending champion Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

The loss is a bitter pill to swallow for Chicago, which has now lost three consecutive Eastern Conference finals. Reporting from Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., ASN’s Jeff Tobin has more on the disappointing end to the Fire season, including player ratings.

Check out the RSL Conference champions photo montage courtesy of ASN’s Julie Harper.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Dobro Says:

    Go RSL!

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