Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:25 am
Edited on: March 7, 2012 11:38 am

Concussed soccer player given red card for diving

By Brian Stubits

Giving cards for diving in soccer? I'm all for that. Whatever they can do to cut diving out of the game is for the good.

Giving cards to guys unconscious on a stretcher for diving? Ummm, that's a little bit different. I know soccer players will sometimes go to pretty incredible lengths to draw penalties, but can it really be considered a dive when a player is concussed and had three vertebrae displaced because of an elbow on a jump ball in the box? If so, that's some dedicated acting.

This was the scene in a Belgian amateur match.

Yes, that is the referee holding up a yellow card to Julien Lecomte while he sits on a stretcher. Considering it was Lecomte's second yellow of the game, the referee then pulls out the red card. Naturally, his team is just a little miffed. As am I.

Hat tip to Yard Barker

Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:21 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 12:00 pm

VIDEO: Tim Howard scores for Everton

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

How rarely do goalkeepers score in the Premier League? Entering this afternoon, of the more than 20,000 goals scored in the league since its 1992 formation, only three had been tallied by EPL keepers.

So if Everton (and U.S. national team) goalkeeper Tim Howard had wanted to celebrate with a little more enthusiasm after making that number four vs. Bolton Wednesday, we doubt anyone would have blamed him:

We'll chalk Howard's apparent indifference up to his acknowledgment of the gusting Merseyside wind's role in his goal -- it's not as if he was trying to score there -- or maybe he knew karma would repay his team for that stroke of good fortune; the Toffees conceded twice in the game's final 25 minutes to lose at home 2-1 to last-place Bolton.

Whatever the final result, though, Howard's unlikely appearance on the scoresheet will remain a point of pride for his American fans--between his tally and Brad Friedel's last-minute strike several years ago for Blackburn, half of those four keepers' goals belong to Americans. U-S-A! U-S-A!
Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:50 am

VIDEO: Darlington Nagbe's goal wins the week

Posted by Will Brinson

I'm not the first person to post this video of Darlington Nagbe, a midfielder with the MLS' Portland Timbers and former No. 2-overall pick from the University of Akron.

But that doesn't mean it's still not amazing -- Nagbe collects a clear from Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Neilson, juggles the ball twice and fires an absolute strike into the back left 90 of the goal.

It's good enough of a goal that it doesn't really matter that his team lost the match.

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