Meet the 2009 MLS Cup Winning Team

Head Coach Jason Kreis

Bringing an MLS Cup title to Salt Lake within his first three seasons in charge, Jason Kreis’ journey with RSL began long before as the club’s first-ever signing. Kreis became the first player for Real Salt Lake in November 2004 where he scored the first goal in the club’s history andwas the first player in MLS history to score 100 career goals. In late 2007, Kreis retired and took over as head coach for RSL. Kreis also led RSL to the MLS Cup final in 2013 and has held coaching titles at New York City FC, Orlando City SC and U.S. Youth National Teams.

Nick Rimando               

Major League Soccer’s all-time leader in appearances, starts and minutes played, RSL GK Nick Rimando was acquired from D.C. United in 2007 and has been with RSL for 13 seasons now. Rimando has broken and established every goalkeeping record in league history during his time at RSL and won the MLS Cup in 2009 where he won the MLS Cup MVP nod. Announcing that his 20th MLS season will be his last, he most recently reached his 500th appearance – the first player in league history to reach the mark – on July 6. Named to the 2019 MLS All-Star roster by Commissioner Don Garber, Rimando has been an integral cornerstone for Real Salt Lake.

Kyle Beckerman

Acquired in 2007 from the Colorado Rapids, Beckerman has marked his 13th season with RSL by captaining the side into the playoff picture. Beckerman has played over 480 games in his career with over 330 appearances for RSL. Beckerman has been named to the MLS All-Star team a total of six times in his career. Beckerman became the youngest player in MLS history to feature in 200 games in 2009, the year he led RSL to its MLS Cup triumph. Six years later, Beckerman became the all-time appearance leader for a field player when he played in his 379th match.

Jamison Olave

An imposing centerback and one of the most reliable defenders MLS has ever seen, Jamison Olave featured prominently for RSL from 2008to 2012 before a trade saw him land at the New York Red Bulls for a stretch before returning to Utah ahead of the 2015 season. Olave was acquired on a loan in 2008 before signing a permanent deal in 2009. In his first three years with RSL, the club won MLS Cup in 2009, he was named MLS Defender of the Year in 2010 and was on the MLS All-Star team in 2010 and 2011. Olave is now the Interim Head Coach for the club’s USL Championship affiliate Real Monarchs SLC and has been with the team since 2017.

Andy Williams

An RSL original, Andy Williams joined Real Salt Lake in 2005 and stayed with the team for six years after. During his time with RSL, the club won the Eastern Conference Championship and the MLS Cup in 2009. Williams went on to play for two more seasons for RSL before retiring, and later returned to the club in 2014 as the club’s Head Scout.

Nat Borchers

Nat Borchers arrived in Salt Lake in 2008 where he earned the starting spot next to Jamison Olave at centerback. The duo became the most formidable in MLS with Borchers helping lead RSL to the Cup in 2009. In his time with RSL Borchers earned MLS Best XI honors in 2010 and went on to play for RSL until 2014 before joining Portland before calling it a career in 2017.

Robbie Russell

A quiet and humble presence off the field, Robbie Russell’s impact on the field will forever be marked in RSL lore when his right-footed penalty kick found the bottom left corner of the net to seal the MLS Cup for RSL. Russell was a member of RSL from 2008-2011. In his time with the club, Russell had many key moments, but none as pivotal as when he struck the decisive spot kick and dropped to his knees in celebration of the 2009 MLS Cup championship.

Chris Wingert

A staple in the RSL community, defender Chris Wingert joined RSL in 2007 and quickly made his mark. Wingert featured for RSL from 2007-2014 before returning to the club in 2016 where he played two more seasons. A starting defender in the 2009 MLS Cup, Wingert's scored two goals for RSL in over 240 games played and was called to play for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2009.

Javier Morales

His name will forever be enshrined atop the player’s tunnel, Javier Morales began his career with RSL in 2007 which marked the beginning of an illustrious career with RSL. Morales was a key fixture who had 240 appearances with RSL, scored 49 goals and is the club’s all-time assists leader with 81. Morales was named to the MLS All-Star Team in 2009 and 2010.

Will Johnson

Will Johnson joined the RSL family in 2008, making his MLS debut with RSL. In his first year, Johnson scored the 2008 MLS Goal of the Year against FC Dallas at Rio Tinto Stadium. The following year Johnson was named to the MLS All-Star Game and helped usher RSL to the MLS Cup title in 2009. Despite having food poisoning the night of MLS Cup, Johnson competed for 45 minutes in the match. Johnson went on to play for RSL until 2012 playing over 100 games and scoring 9 goals.

Yura Movsisyan

Yura Movsisyan joined RSL at the halfway point of the 2007 season where he began to make his mark. In Movsisyan’s first appearance with Real Salt Lake he set up a goal, receiving an assist in his first game. From there, Movsisyan went on to score eight goals in the next season and RSL’s first-ever MLS Cup Playoffs goal. Movsisyan stayed with RSL from 2007-2009 and later returned in 2016-2017 were he played 62 more games and scored 16 goals.

Robbie Findley

The man who brought the 2009 MLS Cup level, Robbie Findley joined RSL in July 2007 where played from 2007-2010 and later returned in 2013 for two more seasons. In Findley's time with RSL, he earned three multi-goal matches, including RSL’s first ever hat trick. Findley played in the 2009 MLS Cup Final and scored the game-tying goal in the 64th minute to push the teams into penalty kicks. In Findley’s remaining time with RSL he played in over 130 games and scored 36 goals. Findley made his international debut in 2007 and had three appearances in the 2010 World Cup with the United States.

Substitutes

Chris Seitz

Goalkeeper Chris Seitz made his MLS and RSL debut in 2007 and was on the bench during the Cup final in 2009. Seitz currently plays for D.C. United.

Tony Beltran

Tony Beltran began his RSL career in 2008 and is the only player in club history to remain with RSL for the entirety of his career. Prior to the end of the 2019 season, Beltran announced that his 12th season with RSL would be the last of his career. Beltran will end his career with 245 games played and has started in 230 games. In 2009, Beltran was part of MLS Cup winning side in his rookie season and has made three appearances on the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2013 and 2014. In 2017, Beltran scored his first professional goal against Vancouver on September 9.

Jean Alexandre

Midfielder Jean Alexandre joined the RSL family in 2009 where he make his first professional appearance and remained with RSL until the end of the 2011 season. Alexandre played in 38 games in his time with RSL and in 2009, Alexandre was part of MLS Cup winning side. Alexandre has been a part of Haiti Men’s National Team since 2008 and has accumulated 39 appearances and two goals. In june 2011 Alexandre was named the player of the week after his first goal and his first assist in his MLS career.

Ned Grabavoy

Midfielder Ned Grabavoy joined Real Salt Lake in early in the 2009 season. In his time with RSL, he scored the game winning penalty kick to win the Western Conference Championship in 2009, propelling RSL to MLS Cup. Grabavoy went on to play for RSL for four more years where he featured in over 150 games and scored 10 goals for RSL. Grabavoy is currently the Technical Director for the Portland Timbers.         

Clint Mathis

Famous for his extravagant mohawk, Clint Mathis joined  Real Salt Lake in 2005 then later returned in 2008 for two more seasons. During his three seasons with the club, he played in over 60 games and scored 5 goals. Mathis scored the first penalty kick goal in the 2009 final.

Fabian Espindola

Fabian Espindola joined MLS and the Real Salt Lake in 2007 along with Javier Morales, the left footed forward was a key goal scorer in his six years with RSL. Espindola scored 35 goals in his time with RSL with a record high of 10 goals in 2011. Espindola was part of the 2009 team that won the 2009 MLS Cup. Espinolda played from 2007 until 2012 and logged over 100 appearances with RSL.

Pablo Campos

Pablo Campos was traded to RSL in July of 2009 and scored his first goal just a month later. Campos played in 11 games and scored one more goal in his first season with RSL.

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