MLS fans go wild after Jakob Glesnes’ ’Roberto Carlos’ 40-yard free kick against LAFC

MLS fans were sent into jubilation by Philadelphia Union star Jakob Glesnes smashing home a free-kick into the top corner from just past the halfway line. The Norwegian centre-back’s effort was reminiscent of Roberto Carlos, but was cancelled out by Diego Rossi just seconds later.

Glesnes lined the ball up just inside the LAFC half shortly after the break.

The Norwegian took a long run-up, before smashing the ball straight into the top corner of the net.

LAFC goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer had no chance of stopping the ball as he attempted to dive and cover the goal.

The Norwegian youngster was making just his second career appearance in MLS, and made his mark in the most spectacular way.

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Having joined the team from Norwegian side Stromsgodset, he didn’t exactly have a striker’s goalscoring record, so little was expected when he stepped up to take the set-piece.

One of the Fox Sport commentators even questioned: “He’s not going to shoot from here, is he?”

But he stepped up and tucked away the free-kick in style, leaving fans to compare his effort to that of previous Roberto Carlos strikes.

“Roberto Carlos would be proud,” one wrote on Twitter.


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One posted: “God damn what a free kick! Is that you Roberto Carlos?”

“Roberto Carlos type goal shesshh,” a fan said.

One excited fan tweeted: “Jakob Glesnes just scored one of the best goal from free kick I’ve seen in MLS!”



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Another added: “Jakob Glesnes?!? Ridiculous free kick banger from 40 yards out by a centerback.”

The goal was quickly cancelled out, however, as LAFC went straight back up the other end to level the scoring.

Rossi curled in from the edge of the area with a brilliant goal of his own to even the game.

He then found the net again just minutes later, but was ruled to be offside.

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