MLS & Penalty Shootouts

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by scaryice, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. scaryice

    scaryice Member

    Jan 25, 2001
    (Cross-posted to Climbing the Ladder)

    Which MLS teams have had the most success in penalty shootouts? Which players would you most want to take a shot under pressure, and who do you want to stay far away from those situations? I've got the answers.

    For the long time MLS fans: This post doesn't include the hated MLS shootouts used from 1996-99 to decide tied regular season and playoff games. Just the regular ones used around the world.

    The Colorado Rapids just advanced in a US Open Cup play-in match against the Los Angeles Galaxy via penalties. That's the 34th time an MLS team has been involved in a game that went to a shootout (official competitions only). 14 of those games pitted two MLS sides against one another, so in total there have been 48 instances of a team having their players involved in one.

    List of Penalty Shootouts Involving MLS Teams

    1 	1997-08-06 	OC-3rd 	DC 	@ 	Hershey 	3-2
    2 	1997-10-29 	OC-F  	DAL 	N 	DC             	5-3
    3 	1998-07-08 	OC-3rd 	TB 	vs 	Worcester 	5-4
    4 	1998-07-22 	OC-QF 	CHI 	N 	SJ             	4-3
    5 	1999-08-18 	CC-Q 	LA 	vs 	Necaxa       	3-4
    6 	1999-10-01 	CC-SF 	CHI 	N 	Alajuelense 	4-5
    7 	2000-06-14 	OC-2nd 	KC 	@ 	ChiSockers 	6-7
    8 	2000-07-25 	OC-3rd 	MIA 	@ 	Mid-Mich. 	6-5
    9 	2000-08-09 	OC-QF 	NY 	@ 	CLB            	7-6
    10 	2001-01-17 	CC-QF 	LA 	vs 	R. Espana 	5-3
    11 	2001-01-19 	CC-SF 	LA 	vs 	DC             	4-2
    12 	2001-07-11 	OC-3rd 	SJ 	@ 	Milwaukee 	7-6
    13 	2001-07-24 	OC-QF 	LA 	@ 	SJ             	10-9
    14 	2004-07-20 	OC-4th 	NE 	vs 	Rochester 	1-3
    15 	2004-08-04 	OC-QF 	SJ 	@ 	Minnesota 	5-4
    16 	2004-11-06 	P-SF  	DC 	vs 	NE             	4-3
    17 	2005-08-24 	OC-QF 	DAL 	@ 	DC             	4-1
    18 	2005-08-24 	OC-QF 	CHI 	@ 	Rochester 	5-4
    19 	2005-10-29 	P-QF  	COL 	@ 	DAL           	5-4
    20 	2006-07-12 	OC-3rd 	CHV 	vs 	Roma FC 	2-4
    21 	2006-08-02 	OC-4th 	DAL 	@ 	Charleston 	5-3
    22 	2006-08-02 	OC-4th 	NE 	@ 	Rochester 	5-4
    23 	2006-10-28 	P-QF  	COL 	@ 	DAL           	5-4
    24 	2006-10-28 	P-QF  	NE 	vs 	CHI            	4-2
    25 	2006-11-12 	P-F    	HOU 	N 	NE             	4-3
    26 	2007-07-09 	OC-3rd 	DAL 	vs 	Atlanta 	4-3
    27 	2007-08-14 	SL-SF 	HOU 	vs 	Pachuca 	3-4
    28 	2007-08-29 	SL-F  	LA 	vs 	Pachuca 	3-4
    29 	2008-06-04 	OC-Q 	KC 	vs 	COL           	5-3
    30 	2008-07-01 	OC-16 	HOU 	@ 	Charleston 	3-4
    31 	2008-07-08 	OC-QF 	KC 	@ 	Seattle 	5-6
    32 	2008-07-08 	OC-QF 	NE 	vs 	CP Balt. 	5-3
    33 	2008-08-05 	SL-F  	NE 	vs 	HOU           	6-5
    34 	2009-04-07 	OC-Q 	COL 	@ 	LA             	4-2
    The numbers on the right are the final score of the shootout. An "N" means that the game was played on neutral ground. OC = Open Cup, CC = Champions Cup, P = MLS playoffs, and SL = Superliga.

    The most famous shootout would have to be the one that concluded the 2006 MLS Cup. There's also three more finals that've been decided by pks, as well as the great DC-NE semifinal in 2004.

    Team Records

         	Games 	Record
    NE 	7 	4-3
    DAL 	6 	4-2
    LA 	6 	3-3
    DC 	5 	2-3
    COL 	4 	3-1
    CHI 	4 	2-2
    SJ 	4 	2-2
    HOU 	4 	1-3
    KC 	3 	1-2
    MIA 	1 	1-0
    NY 	1 	1-0
    TB 	1 	1-0
    CHV 	1 	0-1
    CLB 	1 	0-1
    RSL 	0 	0-0
    SEA 	0 	0-0
    TOR 	0 	0-0
    MLS teams are 11-9 in shootouts against non-MLS competition.

    Player Stats

    Overall, 176 MLS players have taken 267 shootout penalties, and have made 206 (77.15%).

    A special mention needs to be made regarding Brian Grazier of the Rapids, who was waived this offseason. He only played in one game, an Open Cup qualifier last year in KC, but still took part in a shootout (and made his shot). The field player who's played the most games without taking part in one is C.J. Brown. If you exclude defenders, it's Andy Williams followed by Dema Kovalenko.

    Ok, so here's the best part. The players you would most want to take a shot? Eight players have taken at least 3 and gone 100%. Taylor Twellman is at the top of the list, going a perfect 5-for-5. The other current players you would want in your lineup are Simon Elliot, Pablo Mastroeni, Richard Mulrooney, and Chris Wondolowski (all 3-for-3).

    The guys you would least want in there? Only two players have taken more than one without scoring, Clint Dempsey and Ben Olsen (both 0-for-2). You also wouldn't want Jaime Moreno or Pat Noonan (both 1-for-3), but the worst choice is probably Jay Heaps. He's an abysmal 1-for-4, including the miss in the MLS Cup. His only successful shot was way back with the Miami Fusion...yeah.

    Here's the full list:

    (includes only data with MLS teams)

    100% (5-for-5)

    Taylor Twellman

    100% (4-for-4)

    Mauricio Cienfuegos, Carlos Ruiz

    100% (3-for-3)

    Simon Elliot, Diego Gutierrez, Pablo Mastroeni, Richard Mulrooney, Chris Wondolowski

    100% (2-for-2)

    Freddy Adu, Junior Agogo, Mehdi Ballouchy, Jose Cancela, Ronald Cerritos, Chris Gbandi, Stuart Holden, Zak Ibsen, Jovan Kirovski, Manny Lagos, Jeff Larentowicz, Ramon Nunez, Ronnie O'Brien, Ante Razov, Chris Tierney, Abe Thompson, Simo Valakari, Craig Waibel, Kerry Zavagnin

    100% (1-for-1)

    Roland Aguilera, Chris Albright, Chris Armas, Arturo Alvarez, Isaias Bardales, Chad Barrett, Kyle Beckerman, Scott Bower, Edson Buddle, Danny Califf, Brian Carroll, Mauricio Castro, Mark Chung, Colin Clark, Ricardo Clark, Terry Cooke, Kenny Cooper, Omar Cummings, Jeff Cunningham, Damian, Troy Dayak, Paul Dougherty, Kheli Dube, Todd Dunivant, Ronnie Ekelund, Jan Eriksson, Alecko Eskandarian, Roger Espinoza, Gary Glasgow, Rafael Gomes, Alan Gordon, Kelly Gray, Brian Grazier, Henry Gutierrez, Michael Harrington, John Michael Hayden, Chris Henderson, Ezra Hendrickson, Nicolas Hernandez, Chase Hilgenbrink, Carlos Hermosillo, Andy Herron, Amaechi Igwe, Ugo Ihemelu, Ben Iroha, Guillermo Jara, Peguero Jean Philippe, Jack Jewbury, Steve Jolley, Bryan Jordan, Miles Joseph, Kei Kamara, Brian Kamler, Dominic Kinnear, Sacha Kljestan, Jason Kreis, Tony Kuhn, Brian Loftin, Claudio Lopez, Martin Machon, Tyrone Marshall, Clint Mathis, Brian McBride, Ryan McMahen, Shawn Medved, Victor Mella, Kurt Morsink, Oscar Pareja, Daniel Peinado, John Wilmar Perez, Mike Petke, Jerzy Podbrozny, Ryan Pore, Preki, Santino Quaranta, Bobby Rhine, James Riley, Jorge Rodriguez, Jim Rooney, Ian Russell, Tony Sanneh, Steve Shak, Claudio Suarez, Alain Sutter, Carey Talley, Zach Thornton, Ivan Trujillo, Adolfo Valencia, Peter Vermes, Sasha Victorine, Billy Walsh, Robert Warzycha, Roy Wegerle, Frank Yallop, Todd Yeagley

    86% (6-for-7)

    Greg Vanney

    80% (4-for-5)

    Matt Reis

    75% (3-for-4)

    Dwayne De Rosario, Shalrie Joseph, Peter Vagenas

    67% (2-for-3)

    Jeff Agoos, Wade Barrett, Jimmy Conrad, Ramiro Corrales, Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Chris Klein, Steve Ralston

    50% (2-for-4)

    Brian Ching

    50% (1-for-2)

    Paul Caligiuri, Marco Etcheverry, Ivan Guerrero, Lubos Kubik, Thiago

    33% (1-for-3)

    Jaime Moreno, Pat Noonan

    25% (1-for-4)

    Jay Heaps

    0% (0-for-1)

    Corey Ashe, Chris Brown, Geoff Cameron, Franco Caraccio, Brad Davis, Raul Diaz Arce, Andy Dorman, Facundo Erpen, Jason Farrell, Richard Gough, Josh Gros, Aitor Karanka, Mike Lapper, Mike Magee, Jesse Marsch, Roberto Mina, Joseph Ngwenya, Francisco Palencia, Mauricio Ramos, Tab Ramos, Pablo Ricchetti, Dario Sala, Khano Smith, Juan Toja, Tyson Wahl, John Wilson, Josh Wolff, Eric Wynalda, Abel Xavier

    0% (0-for-2)

    Clint Dempsey, Ben Olsen
  2. AndyMead

    AndyMead Homo Sapien

    Nov 2, 1999
    Seat 12A
    Sporting Kansas City
    Holy shit. Vanney with seven PK shootout attempts. Wow.
  3. scaryice

    scaryice Member

    Jan 25, 2001
    Post is now updated (check the link) with data from four more shootouts:


    Ben Olsen actually made his penalty the other day. I was thinking about this data while watching, and believe me I was prepared for the worst. Now Clint Dempsey is the only MLS player to have taken multiple shootout penalties without making one.

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