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VIDEOS: A brief history of recent “Olimpico” goals in MLS

May 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

Rare as they are, we’ve seen more than our share of “Olimpico” goals in MLS over the last pair of seasons.

(Why are goals scored directly off corner kicks called “Olimpicos?” Good question. Let’s not bog down here.)

Even more curious, Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning has been involved in two of them over past 13 months. One was highly wind aided … but the one he conceded last night against FC Dallas? Not so much.

Here are the three “Olimpico” goals that have occurred in MLS over the past 13 months … plus a bonus goal of the same kind! No charge!

Things were quite blustery at Toyota Park last April as Gspurning was beaten by the Fire’s Marco Pappa:

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That Thierry Henry! He’s a tricky one, isn’t he.

His goal last September against Columbus was of the “icing on the cake” variety, the final strike late in a 3-1 win at Red Bull Arena over the Crew:

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And then last night’s goal for FC Dallas, this one from Brazilian midfielder Michel, who another one of these doggone things by Gspurning.

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Now, for the bonus “Olimpico:” There may well have been a goal directly of a corner kick over one of Major League’s first two seasons. And if so, there may or may not be video proof. But the first I remember was in 1998, when Dallas Burn Mexican striker Damian (he went by one name) curled one in at Fair Park.

It is No 3 on this video of the Top Ten goals of 1998, as the old Mitre 18-panel balls were flying in.

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  1. valiantdraws - May 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Jesus, thank god the old days of MLS are behind us. Hell, modern USL and NASL look more professional by comparison, by a mile.

    And what was with those crazy baggy kits in the 90’s anyway.

    God, the 90’s. *shudder*

  2. mvktr2 - May 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    How’s Marco Pappa’s European experience thus far? Wikipedia says 10 apps/1 goal. Is this injury induced or is he a poor fit?

    Don’t be so harsh valiantdraws, I love the 90s … look at those cool kits! ;)

  3. talgrath - May 20, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    “Olimpico” goals are a lot harder to defend than you might think as a goal keeper. The standard practice in modern soccer is to place a defender at the close post while the goal keeper roams along the rest of the line, since these corner kick goals usually curl in at the corner of the close post the keeper often can’t react quickly enough, especially since they are often focused on reacting to a ball that they think is coming to someone in front of them. Of course, it is pretty difficult for someone to curl a ball in from a corner kick like that, but when it happens it is rarely blocked.

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