Earlier today, Steve astutely noted that the only reason Fredy Montero had time and space to blastoff from 35 yards out was because no Los Angeles Galaxy defender stepped up to challenge him.
To that I say “hurrah!”
While it’s always disappointing to see a team completely abandon its defensive positioning, it worked out well in this case. PST friend DuNord points out the screengrab above (bigger below), writing “Look how many people behind the goal have their mouth agape when Montero hit that bomb last night! Including ball boy.”
And he’s correct: Try to find a closed mouth. (I’ll wait.)
You see one, maybe two. And yes, these are soccer supporters, but Montero’s blast resonates beyond MLS. It’s as good and as skillful as anything else on ESPN, and any sports fan will understand. (Call it the Bend It Like Beckham phenomenon.) American soccer needs these moments.
So, sure, if I’m Bruce Arena, I’m livid. But if I’m anyone else with a rooting interest in American soccer, I’m happy the Galaxy decided Montero couldn’t hurt them from 35.