LAFC backup keeper John McCarthy WINS MLS Cup MVP award as ex-Union man comes off the bench after Maxime Crepeau is sent off and scores TWO crucial penalties against Philly
John McCarthy started Saturday’s MLS Cup on the bench, but finished as MVP of the game.
The LAFC reserve goalkeeper came into action after Maxime Crepau’s red card (and injury) in the second half after a poor return pass from Jesus Murillo to the starting keeper.
McCarthy came into play in the 117th minute and played out the remainder of a dramatically extended extra time, but then performed his exploits in the shootout.
John McCarthy made two huge saves in the penalty shootout to hand LAFC the MLS Cup
McCarthy received the MLS award after the game, which he started on the bench
The Philadelphia native saved attempts by Jose Martinez and Kai Wagner to help LAFC to a 3-0 shootout win and their first MLS Cup.
McCarthy, who played with the Union from 2015-18, has only made one start for LAFC this season and has not been a regular starter since being a division lower in the USL in 2019.
The goalkeeper was also beaten by current Philly goalkeeper Andre Blake for the starting spot there, adding another layer to his unlikely involvement and trophy win.