From hat trick hero to what just happened? It's the story of a critical Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez penalty kick deep into second-half stoppage time Sunday night.
Standing at the penalty spot was Chicharito, who leveled two minutes from full time on a converted penalty – his second goal of the game.
PK SAVE: John Pulskamp, Sporting Kansas City - 97th minute
"It's a mental game and I dared to take the shot, and the responsibility of not getting the two [extra] points falls on me," Chicharito said postgame after his ill-fated attempt. "I accept it, one hundred percent."
The Galaxy would have moved to within one point of the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs line in the Western Conference with a converted PK. They remain in eighth with six matches remaining.
Staring a crushing defeat in the face, Chicharito came to the rescue in the 88th minute, going high to power his attempt past Pulskamp.
But with a chance to win it in the 97th minute, Chicharito put his Panenka into Pulskamp’s arms.
"Unfortunately, I caused my team to drop two points," he acknowledged. "But I'm going to keep on working. There's no other way and I have to accept my responsibility."
"He [Pulksamp] guessed right and that's it."