Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Mudita

While my 60-year-old father was being refused entry to Red Bull Arena and I was generally re-thinking my attachment my local MLS side in blustery and clusterfucked Harrison, NJ, on Saturday night there was a more redemptive narrative unfolding several states to the south. Once and possibly future US national team striker Charlie Davies continued his comeback from a horrific car accident that nearly claimed his life in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup by netting a brace for D.C. United against Columbus.

A pacey north-south threat and a confident finisher, Davies made the US counterattack something of a menace at the June 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa. That US side halted Spain's epic win streak in the semi and held a lead, however brief, over Brazil in the final. In Ocotber 2009, Davies was a passenger in a car which wrecked on the highway. The driver was drunk, Davies suffered catastrophic injuries and another passenger was killed.

After the game an emotional Davies spoke about his return from the brink. Coincidentally, the driver on the night of the accident was sentenced on Friday in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. In Federal Court, Davies' friend tearfully apologized and was sentenced to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

Barcelona is known for scoring breathtaking goals in the run of play thanks to their geometric passing precision, but here is a wonder strike by Dani Alves that is a moment of singular inspiration.

And, because I was in the last row pretty much directly behind and above the goal when this happened: