The Panama international custodian kept a clean sheet against Vancouver.
Landon Donovan has hailed goalkeeper Jaime Penedo as LA Galaxy’s very own version of Superman after his heroics between the sticks on Saturday.
The 31-year-old made his third consecutive star for the reigning MLS Cup champions in the 1-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, displaying incredible reactions and agility to prevent Jordan Harvey from equalising in the 82nd minute and earning Galaxy a first success outside of Southern California since mid-May.
It was a save that left many of his team-mates speechless and led to Donovan lauding Penedo’s match winning contributions as the Whitecaps began to turn the screw late in the game.
“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,” Donovan told MLS Soccer.
“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.”
Panama international Penedo is a recent arrival at the StubHub Arena after joining the club from Guatemalan side C.S.D Municipal.