Everyone loves a miss in football. It brings the sport a little closer to home, reminds us that athletes are human beings, capable of massive blunders at the highest level. And they’re funny.
Cyle Larin’s miss for Canada against is a classic of the genre. Playing in their first group stage match against El Salvador in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the StubHub Center, the twenty year old does the hard part right, staying onside for the fortuitous pass, expertly working to round the keeper. It’s the finish that goes awry. The game finished 0-0.
But here’s the thing…good players miss from time to time, even at the highest level. Ryan Giggs missed, Rooney missed, Messi missed, Pele missed, the list goes on and on. We don’t even need to mention Roberto Baggio.
Larin moreover is a young, talented Canadian prospect who has already proved his worth in Major League Soccer with Orlando City SC, with six goals in 13 appearances including this one:
He’ll be fine.