FC Cincinnati midfielder Haris Medunjanin isn’t the type to bask in a personal achievement but he’d be well within his rights to do so after scoring his first goal for the club.
Even if he doesn’t celebrate his stunning goal from Saturday’s match against the New York Red Bulls, the folks at ESPN are helping others celebrate it for him.
Late in a scoreless match Saturday against the Red Bulls, Medunjanin tallied in the 85th minute off a corner kick that he took himself, a play referred to in soccer circles as an “olimpico.”
Medunjanin’s kick into the penalty area sailed to the back post and found the back of the net for what turned out to be the eventual match-winning goal as FC Cincinnati prevailed, 1-0.
After the match, the goal was the subject of much discussion. That was only heightened when early Sunday morning editions of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” featured Medunjanin’s goal at No. 3 on the top 10 plays segment of the show.
“Yeah, I was surprised it went in straight,” Medunjanin said afterward. “I was, you know, it was like five minutes to go and we pushed everybody in front of the goalkeeper like we did the (last) game against Red Bull and I was trying to shoot the ball as hard as I could to the goal. Sometimes, you need to have a little luck… but happy with the three points.”
Medunjanin, 35, joined FC Cincinnati prior to the 2020 season.
He was directly involved with a very similar goal-scoring play during a July 22 match against the Red Bulls when his corner kick was played in toward the near post and deflected in by a New York player for an own-goal.
Medunjanin was credited for serving up another dangerous ball in that scenario even though he wasn’t credited for the score.