By PRO Training & Development Manager Paul Rejer
As a continuation from Play of the Week 26, when we looked at a tactic at the taking of a corner kick that was successfully used by New York Red Bulls, this week we show an attempt by San Jose Earthquakes to use the same tactic. But, due to Philadelphia Union players being aware of this ‘trick’, it was thwarted.
We see the ball being played by Earthquakes’ Shea Salinas with the intention that Matias Perez Garcia will be able to run freely with the ball to catch out the Union defense.
However, Union defender Vincent Nogueira moves quickly to the corner thus preventing the tactic from taking place.
Garcia, realizing the trick now will not work, picks up the ball to place it so he can take a conventional corner kick. They surely can’t have it both ways?
This should have been penalized as a handball offense. You can hear Union players appeal accordingly.
Many thanks to one of our readers John Shield for bringing this to my attention.