I’ve got four words for you: Goonies never say die. While last week’s loss to Real Salt Lake did not quite reassure me that the Goonies were indeed back, tonight’s last minute win over the New York Red Bulls certainly did. Even with the likes of Steven Lenhart, Alan Gordon, Marvin Chavez and Steven Beitashour still out due to injury, the boys did work and got a result. Once again we saw multiple new faces take the pitch, and while there were moments in which all the players did not seem to be entirely on the same page, they did what Goonies do best—persevere. In fact, it was a few of the less familiar faces that provided the spark needed to turn the game around after going down 0-1 to the Red Bulls in the 17th minute.
Which brings me to two more words: Adam Jahn. Or as I refer to him, Adam Jahn — J-A-H-N. For some reason I always feel the need to spell his last name. But that is beside the point. Jahn, a first year rookie out of Stanford University, was taken by the Quakes in the Supplemental Draft. His size and his (albeit much tamer) blond hair are reminiscent of Lenhart, although his style of play is significantly less physical.
I have been excited about this dude since seeing him play in the preseason tournament in Portland. I have been talking about him (and spelling his name aloud every time) to my friends and family. So I felt supremely justified after his performance as a sub tonight. Not only did he score the game-tying goal in the 83rd minute, Goonie-style — he also set up Wondo’s penalty kick winner by heading a ball into the arm of NY defender Roy Miller in the 90th minute.
Naturally there was a little drama with the penalty kick, with NY keeper Luis Robles saving the first attempt. However, the ref called for a retake as Miller had encroached on the area. Wondo made no mistake the second time.
So, I believe it is official, and hopefully not at all premature: the Goonies are back. And Adam Jahn has earned his place among them. I look forward to seeing what else this kid, and all the rest of the newbies, have in store for us. At the same time, I eagerly await the return of Lenny, Gordo, Beita, and all the rest of our injured players. The league better watch out for that day. The combination of new, raw talent, forced to step up out of necessity, and the experience and steadiness of last year’s Goonies may just prove to be unstoppable.
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