It was the coldest MLS Cup in history with a game-time temperature of 22 degrees and a wind chill of 12, and that dropped as the sun set and the game pressed through overtime. Half of the field was frozen solid, and Kreis said the conditions “were not ideal at all.”
Real Salt Lake, taking advantage of the wind suddenly at its back, finally broke through in the second half. Collin’s weak clear was tracked down by Kyle Beckerman, and he passed ahead to Saborio, who made a nifty move around defender Matt Besler and put a shot in the corner of the net.
Real Salt Lake nearly put the game away on two occasions. Beckerman first ripped a shot off the post that bounced to Nielsen, who spiked the ball in frustration. Then, Javier Morales sent a shot off the opposite post that nearly caromed into the other side of the goal.
Sporting KC finally answered in the 76th minute when Zusi sent a corner kick toward the goal, and Collin leaped and got his bald head cleanly on the ball, redirecting it into the net.
Aurelien Collin then stepped up to put away the winning penalty, sending the Phil Anschutz trophy to the midwest for the first time since the year 2000.
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Rabinson Cano was the biggest name in the deep pool of free agents this offseason. Early reports said that Cano could have been asking the New York Yankees for as much as $300m or more, which would make him the highest paid baseball player in history.
Though this deal was not reached, Cano still has walked away with a solid paycheck, signing a 10 year, $240m deal with the Seattle Mariners. This matches Albert Pujols’ contract, tying them for the third highest in baseball history(the other two both belonging to Alex Rodriguez).
Cano has spent all nine years of his career in a Yankees uniform, where he is a career .309 hitter. He has hit 25 or more home runs in each of his past five seasons, and has had just two seasons where he batted below .300.
The Mariners, who have been struggling for more than a couple seasons were looking for a power bat, which they found. This is not the first year they have looked for a quality slugger. They were in the sweepstakes for both Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton, but were not able to provide the figures.
The Mariners hope that with the addition of Cano, and up and coming star pitcher Taijuan Walker that the day when the Mariners win the American League West division title will be coming within just a few seasons.
Though Washington had a troublesome year, it’s obvious to everyone in the baseball world that it will not stay that way. Now the Nationals have made another step towards trying to bring a championship to the nation’s capitol.
The Nationals starting rotation, which already contained Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, and Gio Gonzalez, who could all be the ace of most other staffs has been beefed up with a big addition.
The Detroit Tigers made a deal with the Nationals to send Doug Fister off to Washington in exchange for three prospects. Fister, 29, had a very successful year with the Tigers last season, going 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA. He is a solid addition to the Nationals club, and Washington hopes this addition is the next step towards winning their first World Series title.
Every summer comes the time of year that immortalizes some, the time when the Baseball Writers Association of America come together to vote on who will go to Cooperstown to be inducted into the baseball hall of fame.
There are new faces on the ballot this year, most noticeably Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Bobby Cox. Maddux and Glavine were pitchers for the Atlanta Braves, and Bobby Cox was the manager who took them to 14 straight division championships.
Maddux is as sure a lock as you can get for the first round. Maddux is 355-227 with a 3.16 career ERA. He is an eight time All-Star, four time Cy Young Award winner, and 18 time Gold Glove winner. Maddux went 17 consecutive years with 15 or more wins. The only pitcher in live-ball era to have as many wins as Maddux was Warren Spahn, yet another Braves player. He also has 3,371 strike outs under his belt. Without a doubt he is going in the first round with a high margin.
Glavine was considered one of the best left handed pitchers of his generation. He is also a first rounder if there ever was one. He went 305-203 in his career with a 3.54 ERA for the two time Cy Young Award winner.
What makes these two guys even more special? Not only did Greg Maddux have one of the best careers in baseball history, not only did Glavine show left hand dominance on the mound, but they did it together, at the same time, in the same rotation.
The Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation in the 90s was the best baseball has ever seen. On top of those two throw on John Smoltz, who is considered one of the best starters and closers the game has seen. It contributed heavily to the Braves’ streak of 14 division titles, and now it’s time to honor two of the men at Cooperstown.
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Brian McCann was one of the biggest free agents of this off season and the top free agent catcher. Rumors circulated throughout the baseball world about where this offensive powerhouse would go, and now we finally have the answer.
McCann, after spending eight seasons with the Atlanta Braves has signed a five year deal with the New York Yankees for $85m. With this deal comes a vesting option for 2019, which could bring the deal to a total of $100m for McCann. McCann was offered the one year, $14.5m qualifying offer by the Braves, which he promptly rejected.
In the past eight seasons with Atlanta, McCann was a seven time All-Star, five time Silver Slugger Award winner, and hit 20 or more home runs in seven out of eight years. In the year where McCann hit 18 home runs, he still batted .270 with 92 RBIs.
McCann has a career batting average of .277 with 176 home runs and 661 RBIs. He is a clubhouse leader, and someone that the Braves are hurting to lose. Though they have potential with Evan Gattis and Christian Bethancourt, it’s hard to fill the cleats of Brian McCann.
We’ve arrived at Week 12 in the 2013 NFL season, and I find myself reading statistics like Nick Foles having more fantasy points in 5 games than Colin Kaepernick in 10, Ray Rice having only 100 more yards rushing than Alex Smith, and Giovani Bernard being #7 overall for RBs despite not starting a single game all year. Now that you have that fascinating information, here are my picks for this week, with rest-of-season discussion peppered throughout.
Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the chess world championship Friday, becoming the first Western player since Bobby Fischer to hold the title.
Carlsen, a former child prodigy who has already been on a list of the world’s sexiest men and has moonlighted as a model, defeated defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India in a title match that was the game’s most highly anticipated in decades.
A draw in Game 10 gave Carlsen the necessary 6½ points to clinch the win, having won three of the previous games with no losses.
The victory fulfilled the lofty expectations that have been placed on Carlsen since he became a grandmaster at 13, the second youngest in history at the time.
In what has been the biggest move of this offseason, the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers have reached a deal that will switch Detroit’s first baseman Prince Fielder with Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Fielder is still in the midst of his nine year, $214m contract which he signed before the 2012 season. Fielder batted .279 with 25 home runs in 2013. It was just the second time in his eight full seasons where he has hit less than 30 home runs.
Kinsler has four years left on his 10 year, $96m deal. Kinsler has spent his whole eight year career in Texas and has compiled a .273 lifetime batting average. He is a three time all star and an above average second baseman.
The question of where Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland awaits to be seen. It’s unknown if the Rangers plan to move Moreland from the team. The Rangers have also expressed interest in free agent catcher Brian McCann, in hopes to bring more big bats to Texas.
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The next big name has been signed, and it’s a contract that is not as simple as most. Josh Johnson signed a one year, $8m deal with the San Diego Padres. The deal isn’t as straight forward as that, though.
Within the deal is a performance bonus, where should Johnson go over 26 starts, he will receive $1.25m on top of the $8m contract. On the other end of the spectrum, the Padres had some protection. If Johnson makes less than seven starts this season, he will receive just $4m. This protection is mostly out of worry of injury. In Johnson’s short career he has made a trip to the disabled list six times.
When Johnson is healthy he is an elite pitcher in the National League. In 2009-2010 Johnson was elected to the All-Star game. In 2010 he posted a 2.30ERA, the lowest in the National League, along with an 11-6 record.
In nine years, Johnson has pitched over 30 games just three times, mostly due to his health. In 2013 alone he was put on the disabled list twice, which lead to him having the worst year in his career, going 2-8 with a 6.20ERA in 16 starts.
Tim Hudson was one of the biggest name free agents in the offseason. He has had a long, successful career. He is 205-111, and in 15 seasons has never once had a losing season, including 2009 and 2013 which were cut short by injury.
Hudson, who started his career in Oakland, played for the Braves for nine years. He was the clubhouse veteran and a good presence for both younger and older players. The Braves did not offer Hudson the qualifying offer, but instead made an offer worth less than the $14.1m that the qualifying offer guarantees. The Giants were quick to move in on Hudson once he declined the contract from the Braves. The contract finalized at two year, $23m.
Hudson has his 2013 season cut short in July by a tragic ankle fracture after Mets’ player Eric Young Jr. stepped on his ankle at a freak accident at first. Hudson would have to go on to have surgery on his ankle, and is still in the rehabilitation process. The Giants are hopeful Hudson will be able to start early in the 2014 season.
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