Real Salt Lake 5 Galaxy 4 (SO)
Galaxy lineup: Donovan Ricketts (Josh Saunders 66′), Todd Dunivant, Gregg Berhalter, Omar Gonzalez (A.J. DeLaGarza 89′), Sean Franklin, Chris Birchall (Chris Klein 79′), Jovan Kirovski, Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Mike Magee, Edson Buddle.
Subs Not Used: Yohance Marshall, Dema Kovalenko, Eddie Lewis, Alan Gordon.
David Beckham and the Galaxy ran out of gas Sunday.
*Never discount RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando in a SO. Never.
*Many of the Galaxy players, including Beckham, looked old, tired and slow. Veterans got the Galaxy to MLS Cup; it will take more than experience to win it.
*The quality of soccer on artificial turf – no matter how good the fake surface – will never match that seen on grass.
Update from ESPN PR: ESPN Classic will be airing the 2009 MLS Cup between Real Salt Lake and the Galaxy as an Instant Classic at 4 p.m. Tuesday.