I love the quick free kick. It’s a lost art, a more common staple of offensive arsenals in soccer of another day.
We still see some version of it now and again, quick free kicks around the midfield that spring a forward, or the free kick near goal that arrives to effect as defenses are still arranging a wall. Around our parts, a couple of sneaky little efforts off Thierry Henry’s foot over the last year or so were especially notable.
You know who else sees the value of the quickly taken restart? Canada.
In fact, an absolutely enormous goal came via a quickly taken free kick last night. Canada’s World Cup effort was at stake in Toronto, where the game was down to serious crunch time and the home team was still locked into a goalless draw with Panama.
But Dwayne De Rosario made eye contact with Atiba Hutinson, who played a quick free kick toward Canada’s top man. De Rosario’s 77th minute was the difference in the 1-0 win. The result kept Canada safely ahead (for now) of Honduras in second place of Group C.
By the way, that was De Rosario’s 20th goal, best all-time for Canada.
Here are the highlight’s, including Hutchinson’s smart pass to the unmarked goal-scorer.