The Fort Lauderdale Strikers won a dramatic Lamar Hunt U.S. Cup penalty shootout 7-6 after a 1-1 draw with Laredo Heat, who played much of the second half and extra time a man down.
The Strikers will now take on FC Dallas at Lockhart Stadium on Tuesday, May 28 after Toni Stahl scored the decisive spot kick.
The hosts took the lead at Lockhart Stadium nine minutes after halftime when Mark Anderson played Darnell King through on the right side of the penalty area and he unselfishly squared the ball back for Anderson to slot home and break the deadlock.
The Heat were reduced to ten men after 66 minutes when Daniel Galvan Barbosa pulled down King as he broke towards goal. King then looked to have looped a header in for a second Strikers goal but was ruled offside.
The Texas club looked dangerous and with seven minutes remaining defender Camilo Botero, who had earlier made a saving tackle in front of his own open goal, rose first to meet a cross with a header and equalized.
Extra time could not separate the sides and eventually Stahl’s spot kick after each team had found the net six times proved the difference.
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