We're still giddy with excitement over here at RSL Soapbox, but there's one question that keeps gnawing. Who exactly scored Real Salt Lake's second goal?
Initial reports pegged newcomer Sebastian Jaime as the goalscorer, but second, third, fourth — even fifth viewings revealed something different. Javier Morales, the playmaker and champion of the universe, bent the ball into the net after spotting just a sliver of space in which to operate.
The ball did take a small deflection, but what looked initially like the head of Sebastian Jaime turned out to be the back of an opponent. That deflection only delayed the goal — it was always destined for the back of the net, it turns out, and Joe Nasco was left to dry quite early in this one.
Let's be clear — these goals are incredibly rare. And even when they are scored, they tend to be scored at the far post, not at the near post and certainly not low through the middle, like this one was. That lends this goal a little bit of a special quality. We've seen Thierry Henry, Marco Pappa and Michel score those in the last few years, and Javier Morales is well and truly part of a special class.
If I'm not mistaken, this goal marks the first time Real Salt Lake has scored from a corner.