Robbie Russell’s seventh round penalty kick gave underdogs Real Salt Lake a 5-4 shootout victory over David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy last night in the final of MLS Cup 2009.
Mike Magee scored in the 41st minute for Los Angeles off a cross by captain Landon Donvan. However, RSL regrouped at the half to outplay the Galaxy in the second period of the game and tied the match 1-1 on a goal from U.S. international Robbie Findley 64th minute. However, neither team could break the deadlock over the next 56 minutes of regular and extra time.
Galaxy and Jamaica starting goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was replaced by Josh Saunders in the 66th minute following a hand injury.
Real Salt Lake (3-0-1) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (2-1-1)
November 22, 2009 — Qwest Field
LA — Mike Magee 2 (Landon Donovan 1, David Beckham 1) 41
RSL — Robbie Findley 3 (unassisted) 64
LA — David Beckham (Goal)
RSL — Clint Mathis (Goal)
LA — Gregg Berhalter (Goal)
RSL — Robbie Findley (Goal)
LA — Jovan Kirovski (Saved)
RSL — Kyle Beckerman (Saved)
LA — Landon Donovan (High)
RSL — Ned Grabavoy (Goal)
LA — Mike Magee (Goal)
RSL — Andy Williams (Saved)
LA — Chris Klein (Goal)
RSL — Chris Wingert (Goal)
LA — Edson Buddle (Saved)
RSL — Robbie Russell (Goal)
Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Chris Wingert, Andy Williams, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales (Clint Mathis 22), Will Johnson (Ned Grabavoy 46), Robbie Findley, Yura Movsisyan (Fabian Espindola 75).
Substitutes Not Used: Jean Alexandre, Tony Beltran, Pablo Campos, Chris Seitz
Los Angeles Galaxy — Donovan Ricketts (Josh Saunders 66), Sean Franklin, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez (A.J. DeLaGarza 89), Todd Dunivant, David Beckham, Mike Magee, Chris Birchall (Chris Klein 79), Jovan Kirovski, Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan.
Substitutes Not Used: Alan Gordon, Dema Kovalenko, Eddie Lewis, Yohance Marshall