Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Snorting the Endline - Freddy Montero's Home Run Shot

A long, long time ago we tried to start a soccer website; thought we were writers or something....

It was called "Snorting the Endline" named after Robbie Fowler's infamous goal celebration and one of our favorites of all-time. That site failed miserably. I mean who would want to read our ramblings!?!?!

The name, however, will live on in a new feature we're bringing to the Free Beer Movement. American soccer culture is just as much about what happens on the field and some of the greatest contributions to this culture are the creative celebrations that occur during the aftermath of scoring a goal. Some are premeditated while others are spur-of-the-moment.

We want to capture all of them in recognition of their contribution to American soccer culture. Welcome to "Snorting the Endline."

Freddy Montero is friends with Seattle Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson who, apparently, used to be quite the soccer player. Before the Sounders match against Colorado Wilson and Montero were chatting when the infielder made a request for a baseball-esqe celebration should the forward score.

Montero did score. In fact, he got the game-winner, in the 83rd minute. That's when he broke out the fictitious bat and ball. Similar to Clint Dempsey's home run swing when he scored for the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium (back in 2007 when it was still used for baseball and had a spot for home plate), but this time Montero got a pitcher, Osvaldo Alonso, in on the celebration (not seen on camera).

Baseball may be America's pastime, but soccer is America's future. Nice to see Montero playing tribute to a truly American sport in a global game.

Play ball!

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