After a rough start to the 2017 MLS season for both Giovani dos Santos and the LA Galaxy, the club are now unbeaten in their last four matches following Sunday’s 2-1 away win over Minnesota United — a run that has seen Dos Santos register three goals and an assist.
This is what’s referred to, in the entertainment industry, as a slow burner. Kortrijk’s Elohim Rolland (in the Belgian First Division), is just shielding the ball from a defender near the midfield sideline. There’s clearly no danger here, and another defender jogs over to help end this nonsense.
Rolland is now casually shielding the ball from two defenders, and his teammates are probably getting a little pissed at how long he’s taking on the ball. But suddenly he springs into life!
The ball goes up, the ball comes down. It flys to Earth without a sound. You make the call, you bike the ball, but that’s because you never know where it will fall.
A bicycle kick own goal as graceful as this deserves poetry — fine poetry. This is a pretty difficult philosophical question: if you could score a goal as great as this but it also had to be an own goal...would you? I think I would. I know I would.