Navas Cobo picks fine time to score
Houston Dynamo Academy product Francisco Navas
Cobo could not have come up with a more dramatic or spectacular way to score
his first ever goal for the Houston Dynamo.
His late equalizer on Saturday night in the Walt Disney World Pro
Soccer Classic against FC Dallas came with just two minutes remaining in
regulation, after the Dynamo failed to see a single bounce go
their way near goal.
“It was a tight game,” Navas Cobo told MLSsoccer.com. “They
were good at the back, and I told myself with three minutes left, I’m going to
get the ball and go for glory. I was going to take guys on like I usually do. Then
I saw a clear shot, and I shot it.”
Navas Cobo, who entered Saturday's match as a right midfielder with
a half-hour remaining, proceeded to unleash a swerving right-footed blast that found the
top left corner of the goal. The effort even left his teammates in awe.
“We were all a bit surprised,” manager Dominic Kinnear said.
“He does have good individual ability at times. But to see him score a goal
like that, we’re all surprised and very happy for him.”
The strike helped the Dynamo reach a penalty shootout, although they lost to FC Dallas. The 19-year-old Navas Cobo dedicated his goal to his late grandmother,
Flor Maria Arbolera, who passed away several years ago.
After a 2010 season in which he saw just one regular season
minute of playing time, the U.S. U-20 international hopes there are a lot more dedications on tap for this year.
“I want to always be in the 18[-man gameday roster]; that’s my first goal,” Navas
Cobo said. “And then I want to play a lot of minutes. I hope I get on the field
and do well for my team. Day to day, I am fitting more into the team and I’m working
on this. This year I hope that [Kinnear] considers me, and I’ll give
my best every time he gives me the chance.”
Navas Cobo says Kinnear’s instructions for him whenever he takes
the field are always simple: go out and enjoy yourself. On Saturday, he took
that advice to heart.