French midfield defender Aurélien Collin stood out on the weekend by scoring two goals to carry Sporting Kansas City to victory in the MLS Cup final, the championship game of U.S. Major League Soccer, defeating Real Salt Lake 7-6 in a penalty shootout after they battled to a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
Saturday's win left Sporting Kansas City holding its second League title in its history, having garnered the first one in 2000 when the team went by the name of the Wizards.
Collin was the one to score the sixth goal of the shootout, thus assuring the win and he had also scored the tying tally in the 76th minute after Real Salt Lake's Costa Rican forward Alvaro Saborio had gotten his team on the board 24 minutes earlier.
The match, which had to be decided by the penalty shootout after 120 minutes of play, was a soccer nightmare right from the start due - among other things - to the poor condition of the completely frozen pitch in Sporting Park which made ball control extremely difficult for the players.
The venue gave fans one of the worst-played - and one of the most frustrating - finals in League history, although the shootout was admittedly suspenseful with the host team ultimately triumphing on Collin's excellent shot.
On another note, the final was the coldest in MLS history, being played in below-freezing weather.
Despite the very cold conditions, however, 21,650 soccer enthusiasts turned out for the final at Sporting Park in Kansas City. EFE