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VIDEO: Possibly the most ridiculous goal you’ll ever see, and it came Sunday for the United States!

Jun 2, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

German national football team manager Joachim Loew looks to the sky for potential rain before his team's international friendly soccer match against the USA at RFK Stadium in Washington Reuters

What German goalkeeper Marc Andre ter-Stegen could have been thinking, attempting a fancy ball fake so close to his own goal, only he could say.

(German manager Joachim Low certainly couldn’t figure it out!)

It really was a sensationally ridiculous goal to concede. And for a German! Those guys are known for pragmatism off the field and for soccer made simple on it. Yes, they have  loosened up under the last two managers, Jurgen Kinsmann and Joachim Low … but hijinks? Who expected hijinks?

Here is the second goal in the United States’ 4-3 upset win Sunday at sold-out RFK Stadium:

Enjoy …


  1. tylerbetts - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I offer up this song for our friend:

    You’re German Robert Green
    You’re German Robert Green
    You’re Robert Green You’re Robert Green
    You’re German Robert Green!

  2. talgrath - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    The series of events leading to that goal were just…shocking. Rather than clearing the ball when it was obvious the US was going to continue to pressure at the back, the defender back passes to his goalie (with Jozy and Dempsey in hot pursuit) and the goal just has a brain fart. Joachim Lowe is going to get an earful when he goes back to Germany.

  3. bradygazelle - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Worst goal I have ever seen which is saying something…

  4. mazblast - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    That’s the kind of goal you usually see only among 7-year-olds.

    But at least the German goalie doesn’t have to fear for his life. Remember that poor Colombian who scored an own goal in the World Cup against the USA? The poor guy got gunned down in less than two weeks after he went home.

  5. schmutzdeck - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    It’s worth pointing out that as the ball was rolling back to the keeper his two wide backs were covered by Jozy and Clint and the back who sent him the ball was now blocked by the onrushing Jones.

    It was still an insane howler by the keeper, I was there and most of us had no idea what happened at first, but Jozy, Clint and especially Jones deserve a little credit for pressuring the keeper so well. They all count.

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