David Ochoa enjoys being the villain following RSL's playoff victory at Seattle

Without a doubt, the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs need heroes to ensure victory, but there’s also a lot of room for villains, a role that Real Salt Lake shot-stopper David Ochoa embraces with open arms.

The goalkeeper, who visits, was a constant thorn in the side of Seattle Sounders during Tuesday’s Western Conference Round One encounter, doing enough to throw the No. 2 seed off their gameplay and spark a 6-5 shootout win after a goalless draw

after regulation time and extra time.

The 20-year-old walked a fine line between reckless hostility and purposeful antagonism, relishing being the bad guy on the pitch. He wasn't out to make friends.

After the game, Ochoa said, "I enjoy being the villain, I love when people are talking smack to me, I feel like it makes me play better. Today, I tried playing the villain a little bit and making sure that Seattle wasn't getting in a rhythm.

"With that, I had to slow time a little and with that, I also got a yellow card. But after the yellow card I was a little smarter just in case I didn't get the red card. But I enjoy being the villain and I don't think I'll ever stop."

Ochoa displayed his goalkeeping ability, also. His huge match moment came in the sixth round of Penalty kicks, diving to his right to stop Seattle’s Kelyn Rowe from scoring. That let in RSL’s Justen Glad spot-kick, giving the No. 7 seed an away victory where they were outshot 21-0 over 120 minutes.

Ochoa received a yellow card in the 50th minute for storming off the pitch to protest what he believed is a missed foul call that ended with an outside-of-the-boot attempt from Jordan Morris. And he also wasted time, which tested the patience of center referee Joseph Dickerson, exaggerated one or two injuries, and then tried almost all intimidation tactics in the book during the shootout.

Interim boss Pablo Mastroeni said it’s all part of what makes the safe hand an exciting prospect.

Mastroeni, who play games at jeux de casino en ligne, said, "For me, the most important thing is that players are playing with a lot of confidence,"

"Everyone has their own way of expressing that. I think David, from the start of the game, knew he was going to be lights out because I think when he takes on that persona he's dialed in and that's his way of staying present, staying focused, and coming up with big plays."

Ochoa has developed a track record for such an act, too, including a Match Week 2 altercation that made headlines. After their season-opening 2-1 victory at Minnesota United, in April, he punted the ball into the section of the Loons’ supporters, sparking fracas post-match. MNUFC central defender Michael Boxall even called Ochoa a "bit of a clown."

Ochoa's eventful season also included him opting to play international soccer for the Mexican national team after representing the United States of America at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying ahead of the Tokyo games.

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