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Thursday Kickaround

*In the span of two months, Paul Mariner has gone from the New England Revolution's top assistant to the coaching staff of Plymouth Argyle -- his first club as a player -- to manager of the struggling English second-tier club today.

*According to Nick Green's report, Los Angeles and Chivas USA are eyeing an Ecuador defender. Meantime, I hear some young Brazilian prospects might be on the way to the Galaxy this offseason.

*Soccer on TV:
Mexican finals, 1st leg, Monterrey-Cruz Azul 10 p.m. Telemundo

*Virginia's walk-on midfielder and Akron's freshman goalkeeper prepare for their first College Cup. I will have a feature on Diego Restrepo, Virginia's well-traveled goalkeeper who has an NCAA-record 11 straight shutouts, in Friday's print edition (available online tonight).

*The last-second header by Standard Liege goalkeeper Sinan Bolat to equalize against Alkmaar in the Champions League.....

.....and the reaction from the home supporters.....

By Steve Goff  |  December 10, 2009; 9:38 AM ET
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best celebration by a gk ever

Posted by: paj18 | December 10, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Nice celebration by, Sinan Bolat, the GK. I question the musical choice though. Sounds like a foreign Barry Manilow.

Posted by: delantero | December 10, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Massive goal by that keeper.

Arsenal played a bunch of teenagers last night in Greece, and they were fun to watch. And Vela the Mexican stunk, so that was an extra bonus.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 10, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Nick Green's claims about Latin defenders not doing well is certainly out of date...

Conde, Hurtado, Olave, Benitez, Cuesta, etc. are all very solid.

Jorge Guagua is also the right age--28. Ecuador can be the new Colombia in terms of MLS talent because the prices are roughly the same and the value-for-money is excellent.

It's more of the aging Mexican defenders who never should've been brought into MLS in the first place that are the problem (Suarez, Davino).

Posted by: StanShmenge | December 10, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Great celebration. Even better song that happens to be played at the beginning of every game at Anfield...

Posted by: inzzo79 | December 10, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I know how he felt, 'cause when I was playing keeper in a playoff final, I sprinted full-field in the dying moments of the game to get in the box and head in the tying goal. We then went on to win on PKs. So sweet...

Posted by: edgeonyou | December 10, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, amazing goal.

RE: The Donovan Loan ...

I hope they use him on the flank instead of as a striker. He might actually see the pitch that way. And that would only be good for us in 2010.

Posted by: Matte | December 10, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

What language is that youtube video of the keeper scoring in? Dutch? Flemish?

Posted by: IamAM | December 10, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Kev29 | December 10, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I get that it was "special" because the keeper scored in the dying minutes. Just thought I would mention that the service was pretty sweet, too.

Posted by: TwinCity | December 10, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

As nice as the goal was, I'm impressed that four minutes after the game ends NOBODY has left the stadium.

They're all still there singing... Just awesome.

Posted by: SoccerVA | December 10, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Virginia's Dimas is a great kid, with a really inspiring situation in the world of college soccer. Just goes to show that in the end, it's tenacity that matters most. Bravo for leapfrogging the elitist recruitment process (albeit not willingly). I will say, though, that 5'5" is a stretch... He was in my dorm last year, I would know

Posted by: carmines757 | December 10, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Great emotional drama in Belgium. Standard only got 3rd place in their group but that goal put them in the Europa Cup at AZ Alkmaar's expense.

Gooch is a big Sinan Bolat fan. Last spring, in the final game of the Belgian league regular season, Onyewu rashly fouled Ghent's Bryan Ruiz at the edge of the penalty area. Conceding a goal at that point would have knocked Standard Liege out of first place but Bolat came up big and saved the PK. Then Standard went on to beat Anderlecht in the tiebreaking face-to-face playoff that gave them the Jupiler League championship.

Youtube video:

Standard's fans always seemed to give Gooch excellent support and it's nice to see them still giving their all.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 10, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

You should all remember Bryan Ruiz and his performance for Costa Rica at RFK in October...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 10, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm impressed the guy didn't yell "keeper!" and snag the ball with his hands. Instincts in the box, after all...

And a very impressive post-goal run. He ran more after that goal than most baseball players do in an entire game.

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 10, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

what a celebration. The video of the crowd is priceless. That is one of those "you had to be there" moments in sports. As a fan, I've only had a handful, but I will never forget them.

Posted by: wanker82 | December 10, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Minor clarification on the YouTube clip I linked. Gooch didn't foul Ruiz but Ruiz took the PK (unless Ruiz shaved his head before the game and then donned a wig to take his PK...)

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 10, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"...elitist recruitment process"?

Details, please.

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 10, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Also, last night I heard Mexican striker Bofo Bautista (Jaguares and formerly with Chivas de Guadalajara) might be headed to Chivas USA.

Contacto Deportivo reports lots of rumors and possibilities, some of which actually pan out.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | December 10, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"Details, please."

Talents who attend public high schools that don't perennially shine in state tourneys, or are in areas that may not be rich in "premier" club teams, seems to be slighted, as far as being actively recruited or even noticed by colleges. Having said that, I realize a lot of it has to do with the individual players putting themselves out there. Keeping an eye on all the big fish in small ponds across the country is all but impossible.

Posted by: carmines757 | December 10, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Amazing goal, better celebration. Puts them in the Europa League so that's pretty big for them. How big is that stadium? I think it'd be a nice size for DC, maybe a tad big now, but hopefully we could fill it up like that.

Speaking of: goals. What? No MLS goals?

Posted by: Brian76 | December 10, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Keeping an eye on all the big fish in small ponds across the country is all but impossible.

Posted by: carmines757


Posted by: Reignking | December 10, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

OK, I get that. But I still don't see the "elitist" in there anywhere.

My advice: want a coach to notice you? Go to his/her soccer camp. One of the reasons coaches host the camps (beyond the cash flow) is to identify talent. Show well at a camp and you get a coach's attention. Nothing elitist about that.

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 10, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

My advice: want a coach to notice you? Go to his/her soccer camp. One of the reasons coaches host the camps (beyond the cash flow) is to identify talent. Show well at a camp and you get a coach's attention. Nothing elitist about that.

Posted by: joedoc1 | December 10, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually there is something elitist about that, though perhaps not consciously so. There is a class division in your advice. Those camps are expensive, and getting to and from them is costly for parents. You have to have a car, money for registration fees, and the free time to drive to and fro and they can be far from where you may live. A lot of the poor but highly talented immigrant kids can't get to those camps, but the rich kids with willing and able parents do. They get noticed, the poor kids don't.

Posted by: WorldCup | December 10, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

WorldCup more or less wrote what I intended to at first, but didn't put clearly enough

Posted by: carmines757 | December 10, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse


Good point, though I would hesitate to call Cuesta "solid" just yet. He can be quite reckless. The potential's there; he just needs to learn that you don't need to clobber your mark to successfully defend.


Bautista was linked with MLS last year too. I doubt it will happen until he's on his last legs, at which point it should not happen.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | December 10, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

This discussion of a keeper scoring a goal reminds me that there was some discussion of keepers taking PKs in a previous thread. Wasn't there a keeper from Paraguay or somewhere who took spot kicks regularly, even at the national team level, about a decade ago?

Posted by: universityandpark | December 10, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

That keeper scoring the goal was a beautiful moment in 'the beautiful game.' The crowds overflowing happiness only added to it.

Those cliche's are overused - but that was a great moment for someone, like me, that otherwise doesn't know much about those teams.

Posted by: inbetweenswims | December 10, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

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