The L.A. Galaxy goalkeeper made a stunning save on Saturday night, which could very well win MLS’ Save of the Year Award for the 2013 season. It also preserved a victory for his surging team.
Penedo spectacularly preserved his team’s victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 82nd minute.
Vancouver’s Kekuta Manneh shot from distance, causing Penedo to dive to his left. Manneh’s effort hit the post but fell invitingly to Jordan Harvey.
The Whitecaps defender appeared to have an open goal at his mercy when he
tried to tap the rebound in from around eight yards out. But L.A.’s Panamanian
goalkeeper had other leapt to his feet, dove to the right and batted Harvey’s
Landon Donovan, who scored the game’s only goal, said Penedo’s feat resembled
those of a certain superhero, according to MLSSoccer.com.
“In a game like this, you’re expecting to need one big play from a defender
or a goalie, or someone’s going to need to make a play, because they were
putting us under some pressure at the end.
“Fortunately, the first one hit the post. I was standing right behind it.
I’ve played a lot of soccer games in my life, and when I see a play like that,
I can’t remember a time where a goal didn’t occur after [that kind of rebound].
“It seemed like he just came out of nowhere, kind of like Superman, and
extended his arm and made an unbelievable save.”
After a strong Gold Cup with Panama’s national team, Penedo joined the Galaxy
on Aug. 5 from Guatemala’s CSD Municipal. The 31-year-old looks might have
supplanted Carlo Cudicini (a 13-year veteran of England’s Premier League)
as the Galaxy’s starting goalkeeper after appearing in his new team’s last three games.
If Penedo is indeed the Galaxy’s new custodian, he’s not acting like it.
“I’m not saying I’m the No. 1,” Penedo said after the game. “There are four
goalkeepers that are working hard, and I have to work hard and learn. That’s
what I have to do.”
Nice work, Clark Kent.
See Penedo’s “Superman” save in the video below.