The most incredible penalty shootout ever? That was the reaction of many after Orlando City beat NYCFC 6-5 in a shootout that saw a goalkeeper sent out, a backup goalkeeper refused to be allowed to replace him, a fake victory celebration and so much more.
What happened? The deeper, philosophical answer to that may take a long time to arrive, but we have the official explanations of the main talking points in the shootout.
Pedro Gallese has been giving his marching orders, his manager will not be happy
According to IFAB legislation 2020/21, a goalkeeper who intervenes (has no part of both feet on the line) receives first a warning and only then a yellow card for another offense. But the MLS season 2020 began before these changes took effect and still works according to the 201
Here is the full explanation from PRO:
“The second yellow card was for intervention, as he was moving forward from the goal line the moment the kick was taken and had no part of either foot on or in line with the goal line. This is a mandatory warning offense under 2019/20 Laws of the Game, under which the MLS 2020 season works for the entire regular and post-season (2020/21 laws, however, have amended this aspect of the law to include a warning of a first offense because MLS 2020 started before the law changes took effect in the summer of 2020, we will continue to work on the original version of Laws of the Game throughout the season and will incorporate the change into the 2021 season. “
Why Orlando could not replace their backup goalkeeper
Confusion reigned as Orlando thought they could replace Gallese by making a substitution to bring in their reserve goalkeeper Brian Rowe, only to know the change could not be made, meaning defender Rodrigo Schlegel took the gloves off. Here is the official explanation again per PRO:
“Goalkeepers sent off under penalty kicks can only be replaced by a qualified player, ie a player who is on the pitch (or temporarily out of it due to equipment adjustment, injury treatment, etc.) at the end of extra “Orlando reserve goalkeeper Brian Rowe was not a qualified player.”
It all worked out eventually for Orlando as Schlegel saved the attempt from Gudmundur Thorarinsson to give Florida’s side their first ever playoff victory and one that neither they nor anyone else will ever forget.