It happened 12 hours ago and I still can't believe what I saw. The Portland Timbers knocked Sporting Kansas City out the MLS Playoffs in the eleventh round of their penalty shootout. But that's only scratching the surface of what actually happened.
The Timbers looked all but eliminated late in Extra Time until Maxi Urruti equalized in the 118th minute to send the one-game playoff to the dreaded penalty shootout. Long penalty shootouts happen in soccer all the time. This one was different. This one takes the cake for the most insane shootout ever. Here's exactly what happened:
Jon Kempin, who is only in the game because starting SKC goalkeeper Tim Melia had to take himself out of the game with a head injury, saves Diego Valeri's penalty.
Benny Feilhaber scores to give Sporting a 1-0 lead.
Nat Borchers, a rough-and-tumble center back for Portland, steps up and smashes a perfect penalty in the top corner.
Adam Kwarasey saves Dom Dwyer's penalty to bring it back level, 1-1, after two rounds.
Liam Ridgewell and Graham Zusi both make. 2-2 after three rounds.
Jack Jewsbury blasts his kick over the bar to put Portland at a disadvantage once again.
U.S. National Team defender Matt Besler with a chance to put his team up heading into the last round attempts a "Panenka" shot or a chip shot to try and fool Kwarasey. He succeeds in the trickery part, but the ball floats a full foot over the ball. 2-2 after four.
Maxi Urruti and Paulo Nagamura both make. 3-3 after five. Sudden death time.
Portland left back Jorge Villafana hits a really weak effort that is easily saved by Kempin. Portland are on the brink of elimination.
Kevin Ellis has a chance to send his team to the next round. His shot clanks on the right post and stays out. Still 3-3 after six rounds.
Dairon Asprilla and Soni Mustivar convert. 4-4.
Darlington Nagbe and Jacob Peterson score. 5-5 after eight rounds.
Portland's Alvas Powell has his penalty saved by Kempin and SKC have yet another chance to advance.
Saad Abdul-Salaam steps up and hits a penalty that will live in infamy. His shot hits the right post, bounces across the face of goal, and hits the left post and somehow stays out of the net. Unbelievable. 5-5 after nine.
George Fochive and Amadou Dia both convert. By rule, every player on the field must take a penalty. After 10 round that leaves just both goalkeepers left to take. 6-6 after 10 rounds.
Kwarasey steps up and smashes a surprisingly confident spot kick past a helpless Kempin.
Finally, after 21 penalty kicks, Kwarasey saves Kempin's attempt and Portland prevail.
Watch this cut of every penalty if you don't believe me: