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Maalique Foster’s Open Cup Panenka showed Sacramento’s swagger

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 07/28/22, 4:00AM EDT


Jamaican’s impudent finish in shootout, celebration lit social media alight after Republic FC victory

Sacramento Republic FC's Maalique Foster reacts after converting a Panenka during the side's penalty shootout victory against Sporting Kansas City in the Semifinals of the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. | Photo courtesy Sacramento Republic FC

Danny Vitiello provided the crucial save.

Rodrigo Lopez the decisive finish.

But Maalique Foster? He produced the moment that is going to be part of highlight reels for decades.

The Jamaican’s graceful Panenka – followed by an equally iconic backflip and Steph Curry-esque “Go to Sleep” celebration – in the fourth round of a penalty shootout that saw Republic FC defeat Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City 5-4 after a scoreless draw through regulation and extra time to advance to the Final of the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on September 7 against Orlando City SC set social media alight on Wednesday night, showing off the swagger that has defined Sacramento’s historic run in this year’s tournament.

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