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Video: Lopez's Goal From 55 Yards

Claudio Lopez beats Donovan Ricketts from midfield in Kansas City's 1-1 tie with Los Angeles.

Lopez: "This is the best goal of my career" -- which, for the accomplished Argentine, is saying something.

David Beckham: "It doesn't matter what league it's in or where it is in the world, it's a great goal."

By Steve Goff  |  July 27, 2009; 12:25 AM ET
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that goalie is retarded.

Posted by: Conservativemindsareinshackles | July 27, 2009 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Ricketts had to leave the match with back spasms after that. When you watch his contact with the post, you can tell that really hurt. Good goal.

Posted by: sitruc | July 27, 2009 2:21 AM | Report abuse

I was most impressed by the KC fans. It looked like a great time and fun fan club. Is it possible to move Pizza Hut Park to a city that has actual fans?

10k in KC looked like 20k. 8k in Dallas looks like a couple hundred...

Posted by: Southeasterner | July 27, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm still trying to figure out how/why the goalie is "retarded"... Is it just my conservative mind or maybe someone's liberal thinking run amok? lol... As for the goal. What a shot and can you actually blame the keeper on that? Not really. It was a great awareness on Lopez part and quality execution.

Posted by: PHXguy | July 27, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

I despise Max Bretos and Christopher Sullivan.

There was a great American once, named Vince Lombardi. Bob Bradley could do well to pick up the biography "When Pride Still Mattered." And the MNT could do well to heed Coach Lombardi's maxim (by way of Gen. Patton):


Posted by: OWNTF | July 27, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

classy post, conservativemindsareinshackles.


Posted by: benonthehill | July 27, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

You can blame the keeper for not paying attention..that pretty much it for the keepers fault. Good goal

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | July 27, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

The goal was dam good. Good presence of mind to take the chip shot. Ricketts must feel foolish to allow a goal from midfield. He will be staying goalside from now on when his team has the ball in their opponents half.

Posted by: g3impreza | July 27, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Now, I'm no professional keeper so I don't know, but when I played high school ball the coach never had me so far off the line as Ricketts was when the opposing team had the ball at midfield.

Was it because the LA defender (can't see the name) lost the ball so fast that Ricketts didn't have time to get back in goal? Just seems weird that he'd be 18 yards out when the other team is ready to strike.

Posted by: Rosslyn45 | July 27, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Extremely impressive. Rosslyn: Goalies at the professional level are usually that far off their line to act as a defacto sweeper for through balls. Especially in incidents where the opposing team can counter. The defenders terrible first touch really put Ricketts in a bad position with no time to react. Also, the execution by Lopez is incredible. If you don't believe me go stand at half and attempt to ping ten balls directly into the net with some pace on them. I bet we all don't do the best.

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 27, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Beckham score a half fielder against... KC last year? Ironic...

Posted by: Samuraise | July 27, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

What allowed the goal was an extremely poor trap by LA's Gonzalez, #4. That trap, or lack of trap, should have been better. Still a great goal.

Posted by: SeanWG | July 27, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Ricketts was high up the box in anticipation of a backpass, perhaps. His team had the ball, and his defender was under pressure.

Seems reasonable.

Posted by: JkR- | July 27, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

@Samuraise - yeah he did, but it was an open goal

Posted by: VTUnited | July 27, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Shades of Marco Etcheverry.... Goff, I'm surprised you did not draw the comparison!

Posted by: fentysupporter | July 27, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

That goal was surely a treat for KC's fans. I've mentioned before that while that field and camera placement in that stadium are awful the fans always seem to be having a great time. Certainly looks more family friendly than RFK, and far less Clone like than Seattle...Kaboom!

So what is the scoop on Becks short sleeves? Also, did anyone see Becks post game interview in reference to the dude in the England shirt that was apparently insulting Victoria? Is there some sort of hot bed for Brits in the mid west that I don't know about?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 27, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Goal of the year, so far. And it'll take something insane to beat it.

"Rosslyn: Goalies at the professional level are usually that far off their line to act as a defacto sweeper for through balls."

Exactly right-- this isn't youth soccer, when GKs are instructed to stay 12 - 18 yards out when the ball is in the other end. Ricketts was moving fast, but Lopez's shot had something you almost never see in goals from the halfway line: a low trajectory. That wasn't a chip: it was a real instep shot. An incredible goal.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | July 27, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Lopez made a great goal against just about every level of probability that you can imagine. I wouldn't blame Ricketts at all for this...from that distance, it just doesn't happen. Give Lopez the same opportunity in another game, and he won't be able to match that entry angle.

Kudos to him. That goal was football perfection.

Posted by: figgy_va | July 27, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Becky still won’t admit his actions were wrong and continued to show that disregard the other night with his post-match comments. He actually did shake the guy’s hand this weekend, but it’s a somewhat disturbing trend with him. He shows no remorse or understanding of his actions. I might call him and his actions... wait for it... wait for it... unprofessional.

Posted by: sitruc | July 27, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

David Beckham: "It doesn't matter what league it's in or where it is in the world, it's a great goal."

Translation: "That's a good goal even though it's MLS, and in Kansas City"

Don't let tha door hitcha, Becky...

Posted by: beergorila | July 27, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse


My thoughts exactly. I'm surprised it took so long for someone to point that out. He'd never say that in England, Spain or Italy. The thing is, I don't think Beckham even realizes the significance of what he said, but it's pretty clear to me that he's taking a shot at MLS, consciously or subconsciously.

Posted by: CYork1 | July 27, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Just watched this again.

Coaches always talk about putting pressure on the ball, to keep the shooter's eyes down. But five yards on the OTHER side of midfield? It's delay and contain time. But not for Lopez. Wow...

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 27, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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