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Instead of marveling at the touches, I marveled at the lax defending that allowed yards of space in front of the goal.
You call that an assist?? Well ,technically, I guess, it is. The way I look it, it was a poorly executed cross, which is standard in today's game, to Morris who has to dive in order to keep the ball in play or otherwise it would have gone out of bounds and it just so happened to come in front of the goal mouth where his teammate in the most awkward could barely reach the ball to put in....This is not the kind of play you can practice...it's a fluke....
The defense all watch the ball like a bunch of 14 year olds
Frank and Bob, yes and yes to both of your comments, especially about the defending, but still, a big part of soccer, like it or not, is the athleticism, and that play oozes of speed, anticipation, improvisation, and commitment. That's simply a great play and an exciting goal no matter what the tactics etc may be lacking, and I 'm surprised you guys seem not to appreciate it.
Sam, Speed??? What speed?? The cross was slow and inaccurate that's why I commented on it. Athleticism?? If you're a soccer player, that should be one of the qualifications you need to be on the field in the first place. Improvising ?? that's all Morris could do ,dive for it, were there any other options. And if you can't make a diving header than you shouldn't be out there....To me it was a normal run of play with a little luck....
MLS competition like that leads to MLS "stars" who can't win an international match.
Slack defending for sure. However, a "better" cross would have gone into the "pack," and no goal would have resulted. Getting the ball to the weak side was the key. The question was whether it was less than perfect, such that Morris had to stretch to reach it and cut it back his head, or whether it was such that Morris could either volley it or take it on the short hop with the option of going for goal or cutting it back.
James ,a better cross would have been directly to #10's forehead. #10 was in the perfect position for his defender was positioned wrong, allowing #10 to go inside of him....and furthermore there was another to #9 but instead the cross went way out of whack causing Morris to do what he did....