COMMERCE CITY, Colo. Following a 1-1 draw through overtime, Real Salt Lake's U-17 youth team beat DC United on penalty kicks (4-2) Thursday morning in the championship game of the SUM U-17 MLS Cup at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Over one week, the second annual SUM U-17 MLS Cup pitted youth teams throughout Major League Soccer, and in the end, RSL's squad, composed mainly of Utah youngsters, emerged with the championship trophy.
Salt Lake goalkeeper Mike D'Arrigo made two saves to propel RSL to a 4-2 win in the shootout.
James Rogers of Highland High scored for RSL in the final to cap a tremendous five-game haul for the emerging star, who was named the tournament's MVP. He was recently named First-Team All State as a freshman by the Deseret News, and he scored seven goals for Salt Lake in five U-17 MLS Cup games.
With the championship win, RSL's U-17 team advances to two highly prestigious tournaments next spring the Dallas Cup and the Trofeo Quixote U-17 tournament in Madrid.
Thursday's victory by the U-17 team gave RSL its second championship trophy in franchise history. Real's first came last year when it won its season series with Colorado to hoist the Rocky Mountain Cup.