Is this the most dramatic shootout EVER? The Orlando goalkeeper was sent off after saving a penalty in New York City
Is this the most dramatic penalty shootout EVER? Madness in MLS sees Orlando City goalkeeper SENT after saving a spot kick before outfielder makes heroic stop after failed substitution to seal wild win over New York City
- Orlando City beat New York City in one of the most dramatic shootouts ever
- The home team’s goalkeeper was sent off for stepping off his line after a save
- As Orlando was unable to make a substitution, Rodrigo Schlegel went into goal
- The outfielder pushed a smooth kick perfectly away, while Orlando was on his way to victory
Orlando City sent their goalkeeper away in a bizarre penalty shootout, but still beat New York City 6-5 on Saturday to advance to the conference semifinals in a game marked by confusion and two false endings.
After the score ended 1-1 in regular time, Orlando stopper Pedro Gallese saved Valentin Castellanos’ fifth spot from New York and gave them a 4-3 victory.
However, referee Allen Chapman ruled that the kick had to be retaken because the Peruvian goalkeeper was not on his line. An automatic yellow card was shown to Gallese, his second before the game, which meant a shocking red card was awarded.
Rodrigo Schlegel of Orlando City, an outfield, came to his rescue during a penalty shootout
Schlegel’s rescue sparked wild, if premature, celebrations in the dramatic win over NYCFC
Orlando tried to call in backup goalkeeper Brian Rowe, but before the penalty was retaken, they were told they had made all their substitutions, forcing defender Rodrigo Schlegel to don the goalkeeper’s shirt and gloves.
Schlegel couldn’t stop Castellanos’ attempt, but saved in sudden death to celebrate wild a second time when Chapman blew the final whistle.
However, the referee quickly realized his mistake, as the score was still 5-5 and asked Orlando to take the next penalty kick, which converted Benji Michel for the winning goal.
Pedro Gallese saved a penalty kick but was sent off after the referee saw he had come off his line
Orlando’s first-choice stopper was baffled and his side could not change
“I’ve never had such an experience in a game, not even such an important game,” said Orlando’s Portuguese winger and former Manchester United star Nani.
Orlando coach Oscar Pareja was not too happy on the sidelines during the 15 minutes of drama, but later said he could only laugh after an ‘insane’ night.
“I think we need more time to calm down and think about what happened tonight,” he told reporters after Orlando’s first-ever playoff win.
‘I have never seen before what just happened at the end. And this is the beauty of this game – that we are human and full of emotions and mistakes and good things and so on. ‘
The fans in the room were treated to one of the most dramatic gunfights in history