FC Cincinnati’s Ledesma honors deceased father after penalty

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Buried deep in a blowout loss is an emotional story involving Emmanuel Ledesma.

FC Cincinnati fell 5-1 to Toronto FC on Saturday, another home loss in what’s become a miserable debut season in MLS.

[ RECAP: FC Cincy 1-5 Toronto FC ]

The lone FCC goal came in stoppage time, as Ledesma scored a penalty.

But the consolation goal carried many times the meaning: Ledesma’s father died in Argentina this week.

The 31-year-old Argentine almost didn’t play in the match. Left out of the Starting XI, Ledesma had asked coach Ron Jans to consider using him off the bench as he bid to honor his father.

A late penalty gave him the chance to score, and Ledesma converted before lifting his shirt to reveal a message for his father and crossing himself before pointing to the heavens.

Ledesma planned to bring his father to the United States for a match next season.

From Cincinnati.com:

“I was thinking about bringing him over next year so that he could see me play for the first time, but that happens when you play with time,” Ledesma said. “You don’t play with time. Time has taken him away from me and today. I mourn him.”