5 Funniest Moments in MLS Caught on Camera
Professional soccer is full of characters. With inflated contracts and equally inflated egos, these guys are never far from the spotlight.
Major League Soccer has seen its fair share of personalities, and despite the high-intensity nature of athletic competition, sometimes these players remind us that it is just a game after all.
From shocking misses to goal celebrations gone awry, the beautiful game can provide a good laugh every now and then.
The following is a collection of the funniest bloopers, fails and moments caught on video in MLS.
Honorable Mention: Vancouver Whitecaps Jersey Fiasco
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When the Vancouver Whitecaps visited Northern California in 2011, somebody forgot to do an equipment check. For whatever reason, the Whitecaps arrived at Buck Shaw Stadium missing four game jerseys.
Embarrassingly, team staff asked traveling support if they had any replica jerseys to spare. It is believed that at least two of these shirts were used during the match.
A generic training jersey was found for goalkeeper Joe Cannon, yet it was missing the kit sponsor. Whitecaps staff were forced to draw it on by hand. Despite this hiccup, Vancouver managed to record a 2-2 draw against the Earthquakes.
Though the incident was not exactly caught on camera, it is truly an absurd moment for Major League Soccer.
Honorable Mention: A Throw-in and a Face-Plant
A rough bit of play for Stephen McCarthy.
Despite wiping his hands off, the ball proved to be too slippery to contain, and McCarthy made a mess of the throw. It goes straight toward a Dynamo player, and the crowd isn't pleased.
For a moment, it looks as if McCarthy can win the ball back and redeem himself. However, when lunging for the interception, he falls flat on his face, much to our amusement.
Maybe next time, Stephen.
5. Linesman Takes a Tumble
A laugh at the referee's expense is always welcome.
This moment of hilarity came during the 2011 MLS All-Star Game. The MLS cast squared off against Manchester United, falling heavily 4-0.
Deep near the corner flag early in the match, Omar Cummings attempts to whip in a cross. Instead, the ball careens off Patrice Evra and floats towards the linesman.
Caught off guard, the assistant referee attempts to maneuver out of the way, only the flail to the ground helplessly. At least he could laugh about it afterward.
4. Kei Kamara Celebrates St. Paddy's Day
Who knew Kei Kamara was Irish?
Wanting to get the party started early, Kamara donned a leprechaun hat and did his version of the Irish jig—much to the delight of the Kansas City fans.
Kamara must have known he would score. It was his sixth goal in 11 matches against the Revolution.
The creativity and pure joy of the moment made for an amusing sight. His moves need some work, but the display was comedic gold.
3. Super Mario Leaves His Dignity at Home
It was only a preseason friendly, but things turned comical after Mario Balotelli inexplicably pulled this move.
Sent through on goal to with the chance to put Manchester City up by two, Balotelli attempts a back-heel spin—to no avail. The amount of failure in the move is laughable, but Roberto Mancini's decision to pull his troubled striker pushes this bit up the list.
Was it disrespectful? Absolutely.
But, it was truly hilarious to watch Balotelli's emotionless reaction to the stunt he attempted. What goes on in that man's head is a real mystery.
2. Wardrobe Malfunction Leads to Goal
Not one, but two San Jose players were unhappy with their footwear during the second half of this MLS tie between San Jose and Vancouver. Rather than take turns, Victor Bernardez and Alan Gordon both left the pitch in order to swap out their cleats—leaving the Earthquakes down two men.
Vancouver took full advantage, dictating play in their opponent's half before slotting home an equalizer.
A decent ball was swung into the box, which fortuitously found Corey Hertzog near the penalty spot. Hertzog made no mistake, sliding the ball home while Earthquake fans looked on in disbelief.
Comically, Gordon and Bernardez could only watch from the sideline as their shoe shopping expedition cost their team a goal.
1. Paying the Ultimate Price for Showmanship
Coming in at No. 1 is yet another Whitecaps debacle.
This time, Eric Hassli remembered to bring his jersey to the game. In fact, he brought two.
After scoring a penalty kick to put the Whitecaps on top of the Revolution, Hassli ripped off his shirt in traditional fashion. However, instead of seeing his bare chest underneath, fans saw yet another Vancouver jersey.
Clearly prepared for this celebration, Hassli took off toward the crowd to throw his shirt to the fans. When he returned to the field, he was met with a disappointed referee.
Already on a yellow, Hassli received a booking for his antics and was sent off in embarrassing fashion.
This is the funniest moment of MLS play not only because of the creativity of the celebration, but because the consequences of such behavior. Hassli paid the ultimate price for his display.