Thursday, February 22, 2024
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Play of the Week 26 extra: Law 17 – The Corner Kick

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.

Play of the Week 26: Click here to read the analysis of the corner kick in CHI v NY

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.

Do you agree? Let us know you think via the PRO contact form, or on Twitter via @PROreferees.

Many thanks to one of our readers John Shield for bringing this to my attention.

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