The return of Pando Ramirez

Well, not exactly, but Galaxy fans who watched Wednesday night’s Municipal-Columbus Crew CONCACAF Champions League game could have been forgiven for not believing what they were seeing.

Not only did the swamp-like conditions and torrential rain make the surreal game a 90-minute-long soccer equivalent of a wreck on the 405 – it was difficult to tear your eyes away while you awaited the next player to take a dunk into the massive ponds dotting the sodden sod – but Ramirez scored two goals. And good ones, too, although Galaxy fans know he only scores spectacular goals.

Yeah, that’s right, the former Galaxy midfielder best known for – well, let’s yield to the author of his Wikipedia entry to provide context:

He played the 2005 season on loan for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. He struggled, scoring a lone goal during the regular season, but in the playoffs, in his only appearance, as a substitute in the MLS Cup Final, he scored the game-winner in extra time to give Galaxy its second MLS title. He also holds the worst record for shooting percentage in the MLS, with 62 shots and 1 goal, which incidentally came from a penalty.

And he almost missed that PK – the shot bounced off a post and luckily went in – Galaxy fans will recall.

Anyway, bask in the brilliance that is Pando here:

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  • Evan

    When Pando went back to Guatemala after the 2005 MLS season, he was scoring regularly. I remember watching “VW Gol” on GolTV, and it seemed that every other week, they were showing a goal he scored.

    I always felt bad for Pando–he was coming to the Galaxy to be with his friend Carlos Ruiz, then finds out that Ruiz is traded, and now the team was Landon Donovan’s. Then he is told to play out of his natural position. His coach was Steve Sampson. Pando never gave up, though. He was undoubtedly a disappointing performer for the team, but I admired his spirit.

  • Studs Up

    Pando was a danger to the health and well-being of people in the stands behind the goals, specially closer to the corner flags.