This is going to be a game for the ages as the two remaining sides ( Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake) are going to have to leave it all on the field in order to find out who will be MLS champions of 2013. Both sides have what it takes as it did take them all the way to this stage, but it will take a true effort in order to win it all.
The main advantage that is easily given to Sporting KC is none the fact that they will be hosting the game at their beloved Sporting Park. They know the ins and outs and the ups and downs of the field which will be heavily in their favor. However, their opponents are no strangers to playing in hostile territory when it comes to big games.
RSL destroyed the Portland Timbers on their home ground over a couple of weeks ago by a score of 4-2. Then they went into Portland with one of the rowdiest and loudest groups of fans around to ended up blanking the home side 1-0. They did so deservedly because they have a youth and veteran mix that makes their squad that much more dangerous than others. This is something that should concern the home side come game time.
Honestly, RSL is the better side when comparing the two. But since they already won in 2009 and the hosts in KC haven’t lifted the trophy since 2000, their motivation will arguably be much bigger and meaningful. This right here could be the definition of their game if and only if they play as well as expected.
Sporting will be relying on Graham Zusi to lead the attack while Matt Besler and Aurelien Colin will have to be rock solid at the heart of the defense.
RSL will rely on the defensive midfield maestro in Kyle Beckerman to hold the fort in front of the back line while Robbie Findley will be leading their attack. That very duo won it all in 2009 along with Nick Rimando who has been sensational between the posts.
Prediction: Sporting KC 1, Real Salt Lake 2
Both teams will give it their all, but the visitors will be more disciplined throughout the match to lift their second trophy in five seasons.