Who will win the 2009 MLS Cup?

MLS Cup

Two teams left, one cup to play for. The long and difficult MLS season has been successfully navigated by Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy. On Sunday, the season comes to an end and MLS will crown a champion.

In the city where MLS has been a runaway success this season, a one club will emerge victorious. Jason Kreis has his club in position to earn their first major trophy in the club's short history, a triumph in just their fifth MLS season. On the other side, Bruce Arena will be looking to add a third MLS Cup to the Galaxy's trophy case.

Here's a question for SBI Readers. Who will win the trophy on Sunday? Have your vote in the poll here.

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19 Responses to Who will win the 2009 MLS Cup?

  1. Amit says:

    Clear edge for the Galaxy. However, as so often is the case in a one game showdown, anything can happen. Excited to see it on a projector screen!

  2. Oog says:

    Should be an exciting game! I think both teams stand a chance at this.

  3. JGIB says:

    Keep picking the galaxy same as you all picked the crew and the fire

  4. LA GALAXY!

    It will be a fun match. RSL, in my mind, had been the most underperforming club all season and are just now peeking at the right time. I will be curious to see how they use the SPEED card. If they do it right, they will be causing the LA defense fits all match and keeping the ball away from the feet of Landon and David. So many great tangibles in this match, fun one v one match-ups, quality goalkeeping, neither team looking to “kill” the match.

  5. mattjack says:

    Bruce Arena’s tactics are meant to win 1 game playoff games like this. LA Galaxy 2-1. Findley scores as redemption for being traded away but Landon knocks home the GWG to win his millionth award this season.

  6. Anon says:

    If the Galaxy go with Franklin and AJ at the outside fullbacks, they help neutralize RSL’s speed advantage somewhat. It will be interesting to see if Arena goes back to Dunivant now that he’s healthy.

  7. Hincha Tim says:

    RSL has a very good chance. Here’s why: both Will Johnson and Beckerman can cover an amazing amount of ground during a game and are good defenders. Johnson also has good speed. Johnson, with Beckerman’s help, will be able to cover Donovan. RSL’s back line is underrated. Borchers is strong central defender and Olave and Beltran have good speed to deal with Buddle if he’s even playing.

    If Morales and Williams have good games and can control the ball, RSL can control the midfield like they did much of the games against Chicago and Columbus. If this happens there will be chances for Espindola, Findley and/or Movsysien, if they can finish those chances. All 3 have enough speed to cause problems for the LA back line.

  8. BenRE says:

    LA. Period.

  9. DTJ6 says:

    Question mark?

  10. gihilaehgi says:

    la 1-0

  11. Michael Vann says:

    I hate to root for the Galaxy but I going to have to do it. The only reason is because if they win it could potential add more fuel to Donovan’s impending departure to Europe. Obviously he has titles with SJ and LA but it’s really irked him that the club has been in a long playoff drought until this season. A Championship would be the perfect send off to Europe. The chances are likely he leaves anyway but if you throw in a Championship, I bet the odds increase.

  12. I think it’ll be a great game. 2-1 RSL

  13. Jerry Ferry says:

    How is the percent currently 74% galaxy and 25% Salt Lake???
    Where is the missing 1%?
    I didn’t think you could have system missing on simple polls online. Twigs ha

  14. mike says:

    for mls’s sake, i hope it’s la. rsl winning the mls cup thru winning the eastern conf is a joke.

  15. dantheblue says:

    AJ was brilliant last week versus Houston… In my humble opinion the man of the match. Of course I was drinking heavily in section 136 so maybe I missed something there!

  16. dantheblue says:

    The Galaxy will win 3-0. Gotta love the little underdogs, always have, but not when they are playing my Galaxy.

    Sunday, all my crap talk and bold predictions will be manifested in the LA dominance…

    Star #3 only 85 hours away…

  17. DC Josh says:

    This poll confirmed one thing. 25% of the readers on here are idiots.

    No way LA loses this game.

  18. TimbersBlow says:

    “No way LA loses this game”

    Who wins trophies?

  19. Nam N. says:

    LA Galaxy……Suxxx period