“I don’t know if I’ll bump Josef (Martinez) out of the top five in order to take a penalty,” Parkhurst said. “It’s a little different in training when you take multiple ones in a row. I think I know where I’m going to go if I take one.”
Atlanta United is 12-of-14 on penalty kicks this season. Martinez is 8-of-9 and Miguel Almiron 4-of-5. New York City successfully converted three penalty kicks this season. David Villa is 2-of-3 and Maxi Moralez 1-of-1.
Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan has saved one of seven penalty kicks faced this season. New York’s Sean Johnson has saved 2-of-3 penalty kicks he has faced.
Guzan said its difficult to practice facing penalty kicks during training because the conditions aren’t the same as they will be in Sunday’s game.
“Nine times out of 10 it’s fairly easy to go on training field with no spectators, no pressure from outside,” he said. “It’s when you get into pressure-filled moments, when you have to step up in front of 72,000, with everything riding on one spot kick. That’s when it become a little more difficult channeling those emotions and channeling that pressure and obviously scoring.
“From a goalkeeping standpoint, you want to try to get into a rhythm and then we will probably look at a few things.”