David Beckham is old.
Let’s face it; it’s true. While the man who first imported genuine sex appeal to American soccer (well, maybe not the first) is still one of the biggest names circling in the sports North American orbit (he’s trying to get a stadium built for a would-be expansion team in Miami), at this point Beckham’s most notable cultural contributions are his defensive Dad screeds and courtside appearances at Lakers games. That makes him well over the hill in soccer terms. All of which is to point out that Tanner Tonioli, a senior at Ft. Zumwalt West High in Missouri, is most definitely not over the hill. He’s just starting his ascent, and if this goal is any indication, when he reaches the summit the view could be unreal.
That’s Tonioli absolutely leathering a spot perfect drive into the top-right corner on a free kick, a shot that was truly un-savable. The mere act of getting a shot on cage from there would have been a success with his opponent setting up a sturdy wall. Tonioli didn’t just get a shot on goal, he got it in the perfect spot on goal, where no keeper in the world could have saved it.
Yes, one shot does not a career make. Then again, this isn’t Tonioli’s first impressive goal of the season. The senior’s been doing these kind of things, which makes one wonder if he can do this at a higher level.
Let’s hope we get the chance to find out. The soccer world needs more goals like that, no matter what level they’re coming from.