2013 MLS Cup Final: SBI Live Match Commentary

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Sporting Kansas City takes on Real Salt Lake today in the 2013 MLS Cup Final at Sporting Park (4pm, ESPN).

Sporting KC is hosting the final, and will look to overcome the frigid conditions for a second straight match as Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber lead KC’s attack against a Real Salt Lake side riding a wave of confidence after posting impressive playoff victories against the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s match so please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s commentary is after the jump):


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88 Responses to 2013 MLS Cup Final: SBI Live Match Commentary

  1. Shawn Wallace says:

    looking forward to seeing zusi, besler, and gil

  2. Fredo says:

    Go Wiz, send Kreis out a loser.

  3. Bean says:

    The odds are stacked against SKC. Wow.

  4. ABC123 says:

    Ref is incredibly pro-SKC.

    Ridiculous. Collin gets free reign to wreck everything and anything.

  5. ABC123 says:

    Collin gets away with shoving Saborio in the chest right in front of the ref–after the play. Not even a word.

    Get out of here MLS.

  6. ABC123 says:

    Collin should be gone. Period.

  7. ThatKidNandez says:

    Finally a yellow! Hope he gets a red.

  8. Ralph Nader says:

    Aurrellian should have seen a red card right there.

    Can we please…. PLEASE get competent officiating? I mean come on, it’s the finals for heaven’s sake.

  9. ThatKidNandez says:

    Grabavoy needs to come off. Velasquez needs to come on his pairing with Gil was A+ against LA.

  10. Ralph Nader says:

    Feilhaber with the intentional kick out and ridiculous flop.

    How does Feilhaber escape without a yellow for intentionally kicking someone? WTF is going on with these refs.

  11. ThatKidNandez says:

    Feilhaber deserves a red for throwing a temper tantrum and throwing himself on the floor acting like saborio pushed him. SKC you have no class

  12. Chupacabra says:

    This is not the MLS Cup. This is a high school rugby match. What a bunch of hacks.

  13. Boyd says:

    All brown and no brains in this game.
    It’s like watching a bunch of caveman kicking a soccer ball around.

  14. John Madden's Chin says:

    Is this MLS’ top officiating crew? Because that’s embarrassing.

    Haven’t watching a lot of SKC games this year, but they seem to… have trouble staying on their feet around the edge of the RSL penalty area.

  15. John Madden's Chin says:

    That was a horrible half of “soccer.”

    No skill. No class. No flow. MLS.

  16. frank from santiago says:

    WOW i’m a huge MLS fan……but it’s an ugly game to watch. I’m in s. america w/ a few ppl and this is not looking attractive at all……and fans in the states want mls to go to a fifa calendar(winter??).

    • Yep says:

      I’m a mls fan in Portland, it’s in the 20s here today. 0C or so. The weather is definitely affecting the style today. It would be a terrible mistake to match the euro schedule. High school and college soccer are fall/winter sports, with club soccer playing through the summer. MLS is doing it right, however, they so take a look at a warm weather neutral venue for the cup.

      • frank from santiago says:

        hey Yep, come down south, it’s in the low 80′s!. Been to portland, great city. the second half picked up a bit, but it’s still sluggish and the weather has a lot to do with it, although the ref isn’t helping at all! horrible officiating and allowing way to much rough play.

  17. Boyd says:

    Who would win between these two teams and Sunderland.
    I got Sunderland by 4 goals.

  18. Joamiq says:

    The attacking both ways has been fun, but the thuggery by both teams needs to calm down. It’s not fun to see guys just straight up hitting each other like an NFL game. The ref seems on the verge of losing control of things.

    • QuakerOtis says:

      I know. What horrible soccer. It’s not like this sort of thing would EVER happen in a WC final…

  19. ThatKidNandez says:

    Alejandro Moreno you were a great player. You suck at being an analyst

  20. Peter B in NYC says:

    Actually the game is pretty good. Both teams with opportunities. Cold weather is affecting players reaction times, making for some interesting play. But really, I think it’s a good tense match.

  21. Shawn Wallace says:

    gooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaal. nice pass

  22. ThatKidNandez says:

    Seeing findleys speed reminds me of the charlie davies of old. I miss that jozy/ davies partnership

  23. Iggy says:

    What’s jimmy nielsens story? Looks like he’s asleep or something. So slow in body and mind.

  24. John Madden's Chin says:

    Wait, what?

    How is that not a yellow for Myers? What a joke, MLS. What a god*amn joke.

  25. XYFellow says:

    Not a lot of integrity for MLS with this officiating performance.

    This has been quite shockingly bad.

  26. XYFellow says:

    Sapong with a DISGRACEFUL dive. Really?

  27. iheartscotch says:

    Calm down people. This has been enjoyable.

    • frank from santiago says:

      well you must be drinking lots of scotch, ’cause NO it hasn’t been “enjoyable”.
      I haven’t counted more than 2-3 passes tops connecting going forward during the whole game.but hey, if that’s what you call enjoyable, then enjoy i guess.

      • steveNC says:

        No one is forcing you to watch. Im enjoying myself

        • frank from santiago says:

          and how so, steveNC, not trying to be mean, but seriously, it hasn’t been a fun final. I’m watching espn in s. america and the announcers are trying to be positive about the game and they can’t help but question the style of play in a final. mind you one of the commentators is Giovanni Savarese ex-mls and current cosmos coach. great if you enjoyed it, but don’t deny it’s been enjoyable..i would say chill, but i’m sure you’re more than just that.

      • iheartscotch says:

        It is a championship game in 20 degree weather… Are you expecting Spain out there in Madrid? Almost all championship games are choppy and throw in the weather…..

  28. AL says:

    RSL got this. Nielsen is drunk

  29. Duke says:

    Before this starts, I will say KC needs a new goalie next year

  30. Andy says:

    why don’t they call it the MLS Cup Final?

    the promos just called it MLS Cup

  31. Andy says:

    MLS Cup final should be held in warm weather in May. Anyone else agree with me?

  32. XYFellow says:

    Beckerman the only person practicing penalties on RSL it seems.

  33. Andy says:

    a league title decided by penalty kicks. LMAO

    this is why the regular season needs to be more important

  34. Andy says:

    omg Zusi

  35. XYFellow says:

    This is such a terrible way to decide the league’s champion.

    20 degree weather + 120 minutes + PKs?

    God these are awful penalties.

  36. Shawn Wallace says:

    lollololollolololol zusi

  37. XYFellow says:

    Nielson is a child.

  38. XYFellow says:

    I have literally lost all interest in this game. I just want it to end so I can go do something more worth my time.

  39. XYFellow says:

    Are you kidding me?

    My 9 year old nephew can hit a better penalty than that. Is that what loses the MLS championship? God.

  40. Ralph Nader says:

    Disgraceful ending to a “championship.”

    Entirely illegitimate.

  41. Chupacabra says:

    What did the crossbar say to Rick James? Oh snap!

    Cocaine is a hell of a drug

  42. Duke says:

    OK Goalie looked good on PKs but still was weak during the game

  43. Increase says:

    This game was so violent. I would have sent off like 4 people. KC’s goal only happened because someone. No one innocent in this game.

    • Chupacabra says:

      It may have been violent, but your comment completely murdered the English language.

      • Increase says:

        Hence the repost. I have no idea how that happened. Also you don’t need to be rude. Did your team lose? No one likes a grumpy pedant.

  44. Increase says:

    This game was so violent. I would have sent off like 4 people. No one innocent in this game.*

  45. Boyd says:

    A missed pk is the most fitting ending for this game.
    The whole thing was a disgrace.

  46. Chupacabra says:

    Don Garber looks like Freddy Kreuger. Correction: he is Freddy Kreuger.

  47. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    The final was great as a neutral fan! The refs called a good game. Some of you are ridiculous; What more do want?!?!

  48. Mark says:

    IMO Collin should have been sent off. Changes everything

  49. Fredo says:

    Jimmy Nielsen Rules! Thanks KC. Suck it Salt Lake.

  50. AMPhibian says:

    All of this self righteous negativity makes for a really depressing comment board.

  51. Andy says:

    anyone want to answer why the MLS promo for this game just says MLS Cup instead of MLS Cup Final?