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Video Pick: Tim Howard beaten by teammate
by Mike Woitalla, August 20th, 2017 3:47PM
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TAGS:  colorado rapids, off the post, tim howard, video


The back pass by the Colorado Rapids’ Jared Watts came low and hard from 40 yards, and evaded Colorado keeper Tim Howard  for an own goal that gifted D.C. United a 1-0 win. The mishap ended D.C. United’s winless streak dating back to June 21.

  1. frank schoon
    commented on: August 21, 2017 at 10:41 a.m.
    Here is a perfect example of a MLS player attempting an instep pass back to the goalie....American players are not taught and are not good at passing with the instep....
  1. Nick Daverese
    commented on: August 21, 2017 at 2:11 p.m.
    Another terrible own goal. I am sick if seeing them. First of all the back was not even under a lot of pressure. Why back pass when you don't have to and look where he put the ball to the keepers far post?
  1. frank schoon
    commented on: August 21, 2017 at 2:14 p.m.
    Nick ,so True , why backpass. The reason is that these players have LOUSY passing abilities and are not sure of themselves. They would rather have goalie make a nonsense punt up field for they have more confidence in that than their own punt
  1. David Mont
    commented on: August 21, 2017 at 7:10 p.m.
    But why didn't Howard try to catch the ball with his hands? So, he would've given up a free kick inside the box -- still much better than letting the ball in.
  1. frank schoon
    commented on: August 22, 2017 at 7:49 a.m.
    David, very good point, but it is strange under the heat of battle common sense sometimes loses out. I'm sure you have had moments when you asked yourself, "why didn't I do it this way for it would have been simpler". I know at least that has happened to me and there is no way you logically answer that question. It is just one of those things. It proves that this rule which came about in the early 90's is an artificial , unnatural rule that sort of interrupts the flow of things, although I can understand the impetus behind what caused this rule to be instituted. But in sum, there is an over indulgence in wanting to pass back to the goalie , instead if passing it long downfield..
  1. Nick Daverese
    commented on: August 23, 2017 at 10:45 p.m.
    I have to ask this how much time do these players practice back passing to the keeper. It does not look that they do that very often. Also when a back is under high pressure. The other backs are not under that kind of pressure. So the first thing they should do when the dribbler turns back facing his own goal is sprint back to give the dribbler more passing options when he gets into trouble. That they should do right away and not waste time thinking about it first. It is always the more passing options you give your team mates the better.

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