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Video: Franco Niell's Goal

The former D.C. United forward scores for Gimnasia La Plata against Huracan in Argentina:


By Steve Goff  |  February 23, 2009; 1:39 PM ET
Categories:  Argentina , D.C. United  
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Wow that guy is good, we should sign him.

Posted by: PEddy | February 23, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

He looks like he lost some weight.

It's too bad he didn't work out at DC. I thought the first few times he played for us he had that tenacity to really fight through games... sort of like how Esky played.

...and then there was the fact he was really a gnome...

Posted by: TCompton | February 23, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

His running style reminds me of Usain Bolt.

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 23, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Not sure we saw that foot speed in DC...He spent too much time falling over.

Posted by: fischy | February 23, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

wow this guy is even shorter than I remember!.... tried hard... but was just not an MLS player...i'd rather have Doe's speed as my 3rd forward option..

Posted by: BurchFan4 | February 23, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

good for him. he finally scored one. go get 'em, lil' fella!

Posted by: HWLongfellow | February 23, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

dude got some hairy arms!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | February 23, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Boss! Boss! Da Goal! Da Goal!

(with apologies to the late, great Khan, aka Ricardo Maltoban).

Posted by: throwin | February 23, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

He is starting and playing significant for a club that finished in the top half (8th out of 20 clubs in the Apertura, where River Plate finished dead last and signed Gallardo to get them out) of the Argentine first division, but he could do nothing in MLS. Surely that does not mean that MLS is that good of a league...

Posted by: therealfootball | February 23, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Everyone cried a River and we got Gomez back...

OH why, oh why did the FO let Frank O' Niell GO?!
Bring him back! Bring him Back! Brink him back!!!;-)

There was no question he was fast, even with such tiny legs...I'm surprised that dude trying to chase him down didn't let out a little puff of breath and topple him before he got to the ball though.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 23, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Boss! Boss! Da Goal! Da Goal!

(with apologies to the late, great Tattoo, aka Herve Villechaize).

Posted by: throwin | February 23, 2009 2:33 PM

Fixed your post. :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 23, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

i thought that was the little kiddie game at halftime.

Posted by: muskratinator | February 23, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

He is starting and playing significant for a club that finished in the top half (8th out of 20 clubs in the Apertura, where River Plate finished dead last and signed Gallardo to get them out) of the Argentine first division, but he could do nothing in MLS. Surely that does not mean that MLS is that good of a league...

Posted by: therealfootball | February 23, 2009 2:33 PM
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I still think DC didnt use him well, he could play on the wing too. IMO he would have worked better with Jaime and as a replacement up front for Emilio, but we barely ever saw that combo in his limited time here.

I still think we let him go too soon without giving him enough first team minutes.

Posted by: BolivianDCFan | February 23, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Early last season Niell was on a breakaway with a step or two on a defender and had only the keeper to beat. Inexplicably, he pulled up and looked for someone to pass to. I don't know if being on a new team in a new country made him nervous, or whatever, but I knew then he wasn't going to work out for us. I'm glad to see he's found a comfort zone in Argentina.

Posted by: teeps | February 23, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm just glad Barra Brava still supports him with their singing.

Posted by: BossT | February 23, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Boss! Boss! Da Goal! Da Goal!

(with apologies to the late, great Tattoo, aka Herve Villechaize).

Posted by: throwin | February 23, 2009 2:33 PM

Fixed your post. :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 23, 2009 3:02 PM

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Thanks for trying, but actually my apologies were to the great Khan for stealing the lines of his pre-Mini-Me sidekick.

Posted by: throwin | February 23, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Pre-Mini-Me and pre-Tattoo, Villachaize was Scaramanga's sidekick.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 23, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Boss! Boss! Da Goal! Da Goal!

(with apologies to the late, great Khan, aka Ricardo Maltoban).

Posted by: throwin | February 23, 2009 2:33 PM
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Oh Dude, best line of the year so far on this blog.

Posted by: regularfan | February 23, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Seems like every time I saw a DCU player pass the ball to Niell, it was seemingly for the purpose of him heading the ball into the net, which at his height made the whole exercise laughable.

Either that, or the DCU passer just didn't know how much weight to put on the pass....

Posted by: Juan-John | February 23, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I just posted about this two weeks ago or so. He's scored like, four goals this season for them. DCU NEVER used him correctly. They tried to cross the ball to him so that he can use his "ups" to head the ball in. Let's face it, he's not exactly Nate Robinson from the Knicks and, even if he was, he still couldn't out-jump someone 6' or taller! You have to slot the ball through and let him use his breakaway speed and pure finishing to score. People gave up on him and these clips prove that fact!

Posted by: pmtthree | February 23, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

oh please - my mom could have scored that goal..
throwin you rock! awesome post.

Posted by: bobfairchild1 | February 23, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

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