Unless you've been hiding under a rock on Saturday, you've heard the name T.J. Oshie -- the USA men's hockey hero, who doesn't want to be called a hero, despite scoring four times in the victorious shootout that decided the preliminary round match vs. Russia.
What's that? Four goals by one player in a shootout tiebreaker?
For soccer fans used to penalty-kick shootouts, where all 11 players who finish a match are each required to take turns at the spot kicks before getting another crack, the concept will sound strange. Even NHL fans are accustomed to seeing each player take a turn.
But the Olympic hockey rule book allows for the same player to take consecutive shootout attempts after the first three rounds. The US hockey team put its faith in the St. Louis Blues' Oshie, who took a total of six of the eight US shootout attempts, converting on four of them.
Is this a rule that soccer should entertain? Indulge in this hypothetical: After the first five penalty kicks in a soccer shootout, you can assign any one player to kick as many times as necessary.
Would you be in favor of it? Who would be the T.J. Oshie of your team -- the PK specialist? Vote in the poll and discuss in the comments section below.
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