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Published on: August 28, 2007

To us soccer fans, there is nothing funnier than an own goal. I’m not talking about those crazy pinball games that happen in the box where the ball ends up going in after caroming off of some defender’s shin guard. I’m talking about butt stupid mistakes that bring shame to a player’s team and family for generations. These are common enough that all fans have a few committed to memory, but rare and precious enough to slowly drink them, like an epicurian does with a fine wine.

Take this thing of beauty that happened with my Revs last saturday. Carlos Mendes tried to do a pass back and hit it too hard. The mistake was compounded when ‘keeper Jon Conway didn’t react quick enough and was forced to dive for the ball. By the way, had Conway managed to snag it, it would surely have resulted in a penalty kick since he was handling a ball that had been passed back. A game that would probably have ended in a tie was instead a win, putting the Revs at 42 points for the season and probably on cruise control for the Supporters Shield.
Conway’s performance on this was so laughable that it has actually made some Red Bulls fans on BigSoccer from saying that Conway should be replaced as back up keeper…by Tony Meola.

By the way, Shep Messing’s “turf” excuse, lame.

The worst part for Red Bulls fans is that this isn’t the first time this has happened. Check this out way back from 1996 when the Red Bulls were the MetroStars and everyone had excessively ugly jerseys. The look on the then-ponytailed Meola is choice. Couple of things to remember about this: the game was tied 0-0, this happened at the very end of the game, and was the MetroStars very first home game. It also was the Revs first win. Ever since, New York fans have blamed their team’s underachievement on the “Curse of Caricola.”

Hasta la proxima. Do zobaczenia.

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