Extra time and penalty kicks have been all the rage at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and on Tuesday were put in play closer to home to decide whether New York City FC or LA Galaxy would be the U.S. Development Academy U18/U19 champions.
At Swope Park Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., New York City defeated LA Galaxy 5-3 in penalty kicks after the two teams were deadlocked at 0-0 after 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time.
In the end, the heroes for NYCFC were goalkeeper Johan Peñaranda and defender James Sands. Peñaranda’s save on the Galaxy’s fourth penalty attempt from LA’s Jake Arteaga gave Sands the opportunity to net the game-winner, which he did to the top left corner to give New York City a 5-3 shootout victory.
While both teams had opportunities to score in regulation, the goalkeepers of both teams did their best work in extra time. NYCFC’s Peñaranda denied the Galaxy’s most dangerous chance in the 110th minute. Efrain Alvarez won the gall in the air and took a shot toward the near post that a diving Peñaranda managed to stop. At the other end, a long-distance effort from New York required Eric Lopez to make a leaping save in the 113th minute.