Must-See Miss: Robbie Findley

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85 Responses to Must-See Miss: Robbie Findley

  1. giaco says:

    Forest getting killed out there today.

  2. shutupayouface says:

    happened to catch this live, the commentators were all over him. as they should be.

    seems like he was scared to use his left foot.

  3. Mark says:

    awkward …

  4. Tony in Quakeland says:


  5. jonk says:

    That was an unfortunate miss. Looks like a combination of getting caught off balance, having a teammate directly to this left, and trying to smash it immediately when he had time

    Still not as bad as Torres miss against Man Utd this year.

  6. JoeyB says:

    if anyone had ever wondered why he isnt in the MNT mix, here is why

  7. Alex says:

    No, I think it’s bad. And this is all because he wouldn’t hit it with his left foot.

  8. Josh says:

    that’s why you should always attack the ball instead of waiting. If he had just run through the ball with his head instead of letting it drop it would have been a simple goal.

  9. hij says:

    Classic Robbie Findley

  10. MC Pharaoh says:

    It’s worth mentioning that besides the miss, Findley has probably been Forest’s best player out there today with a few good crosses, a good headed opportunity, & alot of activity on both sides of the ball playing as a winger. However its not saying much that he’s been one of their better players because they have been absolutely shocking today. Dreadful from Forest.

  11. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Amen. “Use your head”

  12. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    Now how can you say that?
    Classic Robbie Findley is being sprung behind the back-line by a sublime pass, leaving one man to beat then dribbling out of bounds…

  13. Poo says:

    That was bad, but definitely seen worse. It was a bit awkward with how his body was turned. clearly should have scored however.

  14. Eric says:

    Robbie, it wasn’t bad that you used your right foot. After all, you’re often supposed to let the ball come across your body so you can hit it with your upfield foot, but good lord… USE THE INSIDE OF YOUR FOOT!

    Horrible miss and although I’m not a Findley fan, I’m not about to condemn a guy too badly. Weird misses happen. Even Donovan and Dempsey have missed some sitters. They happen and you move on.

  15. Keith says:

    glad he wasn’t wearing an RSL kit

  16. Modibo says:

    Looks like he had to step back to get the ball. Hard to say what his view was like as it came down – could have been stadium lights in his eyes. Still should have made it, though.

  17. Gnarls says:


  18. MC Pharaoh says:

    Went full 90 aswell.

  19. bottlcaps says:

    Yea, remember this IS Robbie Findlay. You ca make a highlight film out of misses and flubs.

  20. Aaron in StL says:

    This guy played in a World Cup

  21. David says:

    Cap him!

  22. hendrix says:

    Well, at least he can say it wasn’t as bad as Kei Kamara’s miss awhile back!

  23. RobsterCraw says:

    This should stand as a reminder to all those who may be tempted to consider Findley as an asnwer to the Nats scoring trouble. Grass is greener and all that, but just because Jozy et al aren’t scoring enough for the nats doesn’t mean that anyone who hasn’t been in wearing the red white and blue will do any better.

    I root for all Americans to do well overseas, but I never rated Findley as even a decent MLS striker, let alone to have the quality to succeed overseas.

  24. trickhog says:

    Buddle would have buried that.

    Just sayin’…..

  25. rondo says:

    Worse than Torres’ miss

  26. Chris says:

    What was the GK doing flapping at the ball like that? Should have been an easy catch.

  27. Rome says:

    Keep him away from the National team forever

  28. jayrig5 says:

    Sadly, he started 3 World Cup games for us. Sigh.

  29. Mhat says:

    OT but is anybody else watching the espanyol match? just came back in the final minutes from 0-2 now 3-2 up on Mirandes. Wow!

  30. This is the guy that Bob brings to the World Cup instead of Ching

  31. AlA says:

    Nice save Findley!!!

  32. LOL … unfortunately it wasn’t so funny during the World Cup

  33. Georg says:

    God how we miss him in Salt Lake

  34. PetedeLA says:

    I feel really bad for the guy.

    But Robbie Fowler’s missed a few, so I think anyone can have a bad day.

  35. Clayton says:

    Ouch …

    Gotta put that in with a header, Robbie!

  36. Juan says:

    He was always a Bradley favorite but a poor substitute for Charlie Davies

  37. Andy in Atlanta says:

    You people do realize that Robbie is left footed do you not? It is not excuse but it was not like he was shying away from him off foot.. he hit it with his off foot…

  38. evan says:

    not as bad as his miss for USA against Australia ifiremembercorrectly…

  39. nic d the "tx 2 stepper" says:

    T R U E

  40. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    I thought Miss meant he had a really attractive girlfriend. Needless to say I’m disappointed.

  41. Dennis says:

    So have a lot of players who missed easy chances. The list is too long; I might leave off someone’s favorite whipping boy or someone’s favorite forward if I started.

  42. BCC says:

    Jimmy Conrad’s miss at the Gold Cup was worse.

    Some of the comments are a bit overboard. Every striker does this once in a while. I don’t rate RF very highly but keep things in perspective. He didn’t punch any blind kittens (thank you, Ricky Gervais).

  43. dhines says:

    per bob bradley . . .

    it is ok that he missed, because he is fast.

  44. dhines says:


  45. Patriot Troll says:


  46. GW says:

    I guess you did not see Clint Dempsey vs Guadeloupe in the Gold Cup.

  47. A. Ruiz says:

    Terrible technique. He hops up in the air and hits it with the outside of his right foot. No wonder it went over the bar, that needed a tap or a nudge.
    I’ve done the same, but I am a mere amateur, I expect better from someone who played in the WC.

  48. Phlub says:

    A gutsy clearance.

  49. Giggsy says:

    holy zeus robbie findley sucks. anybody who claims the championship is much better than mls … i give you robbie findley. he was medicore in mls and he’s medoicre at Nott Forest … so i’d say the leagues are about the same.

  50. dhines says:

    difference is, findley always chokes . . . as an LAG season ticket holder i have always heard “he is so fast . . ”

    you know, that is great. but, aside from the one good year at salt lake, what has he ever done (aside from miss gimmie goals?)

  51. dhines says:

    btw, nice try comparing this dud to the leading american scorer in the EPL.

    I heard babe ruth struck out once or twice, does that mean he is on the even with your average A leaguer that can hit a fastball but can’t connect with a curve?


  52. MC Pharaoh says:

    He actually has done better for Forest imo. Its just that he has run into more injury issues & they have been through 3 different managers since he signed earlier in 2011. So its been hit & miss for him. I still believe he is Forest’s best attacker. As he showed today, he is actually a much better attacking winger. He doesnt do well holding the ball up around the box & actually has a better cross than most think. He looks alot more comfortable in the wide position. I will be interested to see if he starts right mid again next Championship fixture.

  53. Iz be da best striker yo says:

    Affirmative Action?

  54. Yogi says:

    The American player hasn’t been shamed like this since Eddie Johnson!

  55. GW says:

    Actually, Ruth struckout 1330 times, 39th on the all time list. Home run hitters pay a price for going for home runs and strike outs are part of that price.

    “btw, nice try comparing this dud to the leading american scorer in the EPL.”

    You clearly did not watch that Guadaloupe game did you?

    If you watch enough soccer you’ll see that better players than Findley and Dempsey have had worse misses. They happen.

    If those errors don’t define Clint as player thenthey don’t define Findley either.

    Dempsey’s credentials are unquestioned. Findley is getting significant playing time in a pretty good league, and may well have found a home for himself at Forest, so I would say the book isn’t closed on him yet, even though you all are giving him the same kind of flak you used to give Sacha, that useless bozo.

  56. abc says:

    Sigh… there’s the Robbie Findley we know and love.

  57. dgoshilla says:

    he was trying to avoid hitting it into his teammate and tried to finesse it. bad miss but understandable. too timid though in the end.

  58. abc says:

    Ching was both over the hill and had recently been injured… what has he done since then that would suggest he should have been on the World Cup roster? We don’t hand out WC slots to aging veterans to reward them based on past performance.
    Findley sucks but he was the Davies replacement, it’s not like Ching could have provided speed.

  59. yeah says:

    He could’ve chested it, or kneed it, or used any other part of his body on that.

  60. rees says:

    This guy won the GOLDEN BALL at the same World Cup…

    link to

  61. Philip says:

    I like this new category of must-see [action], Ives. :)

  62. MensreaJim says:

    +1, this is silly. Everyone could–and occasionally does–miss that.

  63. Incognito says:

    Findely you **** NEVER start playing for the national team ever again.

  64. Incognito says:

    I hate Robbie Findley T_T

  65. Incognito says:

    What about his back T_T

  66. Incognito says:

    Robbie Findley doesn’t ‘occasionally’ miss those. HE ALWAYS DOES. That’s why it is so funny ^_^
    It goes like this: you read the top few articles on this site, and you see Robbie Findley failing, you just go: ahahahaha there goes the Findlyster again. Ahahahahaha.
    It is so funny how consistent he is.

  67. Incognito says:

    He was trying to FLY! You should to.

  68. Incognito says:

    Are you from Mexico or something? We already have ENOUGH horrible players on the US national team.

  69. Dlewis says:

    Championship is definitely better than the MLS. Don’t judge a league by one player.

  70. NJ Guy No Longer Stuck in DC says:

    In the immortal words of my former Scottish coach, “What happened son? You could have knocked it in with your c*ck!”

  71. JoeW says:

    I was waiting for someone to mention that. Kamara’s miss is maybe the all-time worst miss of any professional soccer player in the history of the game.

  72. dhines says:

    actually watched the game . . . as i do all televised USMNT games (and have since 1990). i am glad to see you invested the time to google babe ruth to see how many times he struck out; oh wait . . . as you are the super fan i am sure you knew the stats right off the top of your head, right?

    anyone that thinks findley is anything more than a very athletic soccer player who doesn’t know how to pull the trigger, well they never watched findley play.

    so to summarize the point that you are trying to derail, findley did a very typical findley thing, he choked. do all you want to derail this topic, but point of fact is only you, bob bradley and a few RSL fans think he is worth anything.

  73. dhines says:

    my point exactly. we all make mistakes, difference is findley always makes mistakes. he may be a great guy, etc; but that isn’t what this is about.

    the guy needs to grow a set and get some confidence. a forward without confidence is about as useful as tits on a boar.

  74. Lil' Zeke says:

    Yeah, but the fix was in there. Clearly.

  75. Lil' Zeke says:

    Typical dhines thing: diarrhea of the mouth

  76. Nate says:

    You people do realize that Robbie is completely talentless, don’t you? What’s there to argue about? Take away his speed and he’d never have graduated from AYSO.

  77. MASE NJRB says:

    At the same time he had one of the nicest goals of the year for SKC

  78. Mase NJRB says:

    I wouldnt say definitely

  79. AshortDeparture says:

    So did Yakubu… Remember his miss for Nigeria?

  80. dhines says:

    heart broken by internet tough guy :( damn you got me, i was called out on the internet and my life is over.


  81. jb says:

    Give me an accomplished holdup striker over a speedster with poor touch any day. Ching was a huge part of the qualifying campaign and is quite good at linking up with the onrushing midfielders. He is also a leader on and off the field. He should have been on the world cup squad ahead of Findley who wasnt ready. Not giving up on Findley yet, and all strikers miss an occasional sitter.

  82. GW says:

    Nottingham is paying him a lot of money and playing him . What about them?

  83. GW says:

    Here’s the thing hines, I look up stats because I like to be reasonably sure what I write is as accurate as I can make it. What you write says something about you. For example, it’s clear you know little about home runs, baseball or Babe Ruth.

    As for soccer,here is something I did not need to look up; if Findley is so terrible why do you watch him so much that you are oan be regarded as an authority on his value as a player?

    Or are you basing your opinion just on his bad patch in 2010?

    That bad patch did not derail Nottingham Forest from buying Findley and giving him a substantial raise from his RSL salary. And while he is not a star, he survived the firing of the manager who brought him in, no easy thing to do. He seems to slowly but steadily carving out a good career with Forest. If choking is his typical thing how has he gotten so many people for so long to pay him to do it? It’s mystery I guess.

    Should that continue he will be doing something very few American players do, making a good living in one of the best leagues in the world. Don’t take my word for it. Look up the Championship on the internet.

    Or don’t look it up. Just realize that the top four or so teams in this 24 team league are capable of making it and maybe staying in the EPL,allegedly the best in the world.

    Which means at least 8 times a season Forest plays an EPL level team with a lot on the line since that team is almost certainly gunning for promotion. How many MLS teams can say that about their regular season?