“Erin gets looked over in the discussion of world’s best goalkeeper. I don’t understand why,” said Canadian captain Christine Sinclair. “Today she proved if she’s not the best goalkeeper in the world, she should be in the discussion. She kept our team in it.”
I love, love, love what Erin does in goal. She doesn’t play the kind of clinical, calculated game that Hope Solo does. Hope is arguably the most tactically aware goalkeeper in women’s soccer. But what’s beautiful about Erin McLeod’s keeping is that she doesn’t play like Hope. She comes off her line. She makes mistakes. She comes alive in the air. She’s a pleasure to watch in the box because of her lack of restraint, and her willingness to come out for the ball. Now that’s not to say that Erin McLeod is not a tactically aware or smart keeper. She is. To be as good as she is, you have to be clinical.
But you can see it in Erin’s eyes. She zeroes in on the ball and yearns to get a touch on it with the same fierce, passionate intensity as strikers.
(Source: lesrouges, via whogivesaflip11)