So we all know that Nick Rimando shocked the world (or at least MLS) last season with his incredible performance in the PK shootouts, but it goes beyond that.
This past Sunday the Philadelphia Union opened their brand new stadium PPL Park in a match against the Seattle Sounders, and it was former RSL keeper Chris Seitz who stepped up and stopped a Sounders PK, in a match that his team would eventually win 3-1.
Now just last night RSL's third keeper Tim Melia, who is on loan to the Charleston Battery followed in Nick's footprints. After 120 minutes of action it was 0-0 between the Battery and the Fire in a US Open Cup match, and that meant PK's and here is the summary of that action from mlssoccer.com:
Charleston midfielder Ian Fuller sealed the victory for the Battery, beating Fire keeper Sean Johnson to the left with his spot kick.
Forward Lamar Neagle and defender Mike Zaher also converted their penalties for the Battery, who ended the shootout after three rounds when Chicago's Brian McBride, Krzysztof Krol and Wilman Conde failed to convert their PK's.
Once again the Fire are eliminated by a RSL keeper, this time it was from the US Open Cup. Next up for the Battery will be the Columbus Crew, who beat the Rochester Rhinos 2-1 last night. Whatever Jeff Cassar is teaching the boys in practice sure seems to be working out.
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