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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....
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?
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
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.
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..
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.