Who Takes Penalties for Every MLS Club in 2023?

Who are the penalty takers and backup penalty takers for each of the 29 Major League Soccer clubs?

Penalty kicks are huge in soccer. Just 12 yards from the goal, a player will step up for arguably the best possible scoring chance in the match. Just the penalty taker and the goalkeeper.

With the addition of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) in the MLS, penalty opportunities are scrutinized even further. This often results in penalties being awarded that may not have been awarded in previous seasons.

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So far in the 2022/2023 MLS season, 83 penalties have been given in 336 games. That’s an average of one penalty awarded every four matches.

Knowing who takes penalties for each MLS club can prove invaluable. It means that you will have the upper hand when it comes to selecting players for fantasy soccer contests or choosing which goalscorers to add to your soccer wager.

And that’s what we are here to help with. Here are the penalty takers for every MLS team. We’ve even thrown in the backup penalty takers for each team incase the main man is out of action.

MLS Penalty Takers & Backup Penalty Takers

MLS TeamPenalty TakerExpected Backup Taker
Atlanta UnitedThiago AlmadaLuiz Araújo
Austin FCSebastián DriussiEmiliano Rigoni
Charlotte FCKarol SwiderskiScott Arfield
Chicago Fire FCXherdan ShaqiriRafael Czichos
FC CincinnatiLuciano AcostaBrandon Vazquez
Colorado RapidsConnor RonanDiego Rubio, Braian Galván
Columbus CrewLucas ZelarayánLucas Zelarayán
D.C. UnitedTaxiarchis FountasYamil Asad
FC DallasAlan VelascoJesús Ferreira
Houston Dynamo FCAmine BassiCorey Baird
Sporting Kansas CityAlan PulidoErik Thommy, Gadi Kinda
Los Angeles GalaxyGastón BrugmanRiqui Puig
Los Angeles FCDenis BouangaCarlos Vela
Inter Miami CFLionel MessiJosef Martínez
Minnesota UnitedLuis AmarillaSang-bin Jeong
CF MontréalRomell QuiotoAriel Lassiter
Nashville SCHany MukhtarLuke Haakenson
New England RevolutionCarles GilGiacomo Vrioni
New York Red BullsOmir FernandezElias Manoel
New York City FCSantiago RodríguezTalles Magno
Orlando CityFacundo TorresErcan Kara
Philadelphia UnionDániel GazdagJulián Carranza
Portland TimbersEvanderDairon Asprilla
Real Salt LakePablo RuizBraian Ojeda
San Jose EarthquakesCristian EspinozaJeremy Ebobisse
Seattle Sounders FCNicolás LodeiroFredy Montero
St. Louis City SCEduard LöwenSamuel Adeniran, Nicholas Gioacchini
Toronto FCFederico BernardeschiLorenzo Insigne
Vancouver Whitecaps FCRyan GauldJulian Gressel

MLS Penalty Takers FAQ

Does Messi take Inter Miami’s penalties?

Now an Inter Miami player, Lionel Messi is the designated penalty taker. He takes penalties for his country, Argentina, and used to take Barcelona’s penalties too.

Inter Miami Penalty Taker

Who takes penalties for Philadelphia Union?

Dániel Gazdag is Philadelphia’s primary penalty taker. He has already taken eight penalties this season in the MLS, and has scored all eight.

Who is FC Cincinnati’s penalty kicker?

Cincinnati’s main penalty taker is Luciano Acosta. He has scored five out of his six penalties this season. If Acosta is unavailable, Brandon Vazquez usually will step up to the spot.

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Who takes penalties for LAFC?

Carlos Vela is Los Angeles FC’s first-choice penalty taker. He has taken five of LAFC’s eight penalties this season and has scored three of them.

LAFC Penalty Taker

Who is the first choice penalty taker for St. Louis City SC?

Eduard Löwen is St. Louis City’s number one penalty taker. He has scored all three of his penalty attempts in the 2022/2023 MLS season.

Who takes penalties for New England?

New England Revolution’s first-choice penalty taker is Carles Gil. If Gil does not take the penalty, then expect to see Giacomo Vrioni standing over the spot.

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