Corner Trouble

What were you doing on September 9, 2006? For the Wizards, this was the last time that the team scored on a corner kick. Davy Arnaud volleyed home a Jose Burciaga Jr. corner to put the Wizards up 3-1 against the Colorado Rapids, in a game they won 4-1.

Since then, the Wizards have had a total of 182 corners, 161 this past season. The Wizards scored on none of them. The closest the Wizards have come, was their home opener this past season, when Jimmy Conrad hit the cross bar.

The streak without corners stretches over a full year. The Wizards have played 34 games in league play. 38 in all competitions (1 USOC, 3 playoff). They were the only team in the league this season to not score a goal off of a corner.

The real problem was that many of the corners didn’t even look dangerous. Regularly corners were played either too long, over the heads of all the attacking players, or were played too short and didn’t make it over the first. Another problem for the Wizards was their size on corners. It’s hard to challenge hard for the ball in the air when you only have two really true threats on corners (Sasha Victorine and Conrad). What makes it worse, is the fact that in that same length of time, the Wizards have given up eight goals off of corners, all this past season. Seven of them came in the regular season. The 8th came in the conference finals, against Houston.

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4 Responses

  1. That is pathetic, how could this be? I mean one single corner has to happen just by sheer chance. We need to go get a corner specialist. Beckham? Are there any good corner takers in the league we could get?

  2. It’s not the service. We need someone who can finish one.

  3. What is Eddie good at if not headers?

  4. it most definitely IS the service, mr. anonymous. at least half of the corners we took weren’t even flighted into dangerous areas. they were either too long (with no garbage man out there), too short, or too far outside the box. seriously, landon donovan takes better corners, which should tell you how poorly jimmy feels about our service.

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