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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Teddy Roosevelt wins presidential penalty shootout at D.C. United

Soccer has never been the most popular sport in America, so it's doubtful it was ever a pastime of a president of the United States.

But at least one commander-in-chief showed he was not totally useless from the penalty spot in a halftime show in Washington D.C. on Saturday.

The four presidential mascots of the Washington Nationals baseball team -- George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, William Howard Taft and Teddy Roosevelt -- took penalties during the break in D.C. United's game against FC Dallas.

Washington skewed his shot horribly wide, but Roosevelt stepped up and put a low shot into the corner past the Nationals' eagle mascot.

The victory was quite the sporting accomplishment for Teddy, who lost 525 times in a row during the presidents' races at Nationals' games before finally winning one in 2012.

Sadly, Mr. Rough Rider proved to be D.C. United's best penalty-taker on Saturday, as Fabian Espindola's spot kick was saved in the second half en route to a 3-0 defeat.

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