For Seattle Sounders GK Michael Gspurning, "Olimpico" goals aren't so rare
In general, "Olimpico" goals -- that is, goals scored directly from a corner kick -- are a rare feat in soccer.
But for Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, they're a little more common, maybe even something of a trend.
During Saturday night's 4-2 win over FC Dallas, Gspurning conceded an Olimpico to Michel on a second-half corner from the left side of Seattle's goal. It was a thing of beauty, by any measure. Check it out:
Around here, we did a double take when that ball went in. It looks so familiar.
And it should. It is a near replica of an Olimpico conceded by Seattle just more than a year ago, on April 28, 2012, when the 6'5" Gspurning was beaten by then-Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa.
So, it this some kind a trend? Is Gspurning going to work on keeping corners out in training?
But regardless, the most important similarity for the Sounders is that they won that match in Chicago, just like they won on Saturday night.
As Gspurning said: "We took the win and I was able to make a couple of important saves. So I equalized this goal."