The German language contains all sorts of unique compound nouns that capture complex ideas in a singe word. There may even be a long German word that neatly sums up the own goal allowed by Marc-Andre ter Stegen against the United States on Sunday in an exhibition game but there is also a brief, blunt Americanism that will do just fine: FAIL.
With the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team already out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a "sumptuous volley" from Jozy Altidore in 13th minute, ter Stegen doubled that advantage by letting in an absurd own goal just minutes later. The U.S. was pressuring high up the field on a German goal kick, forcing defender Benedikt Howedes to send a pass back toward ter Stegen. The keeper, minding the German net with preferred choices such as Manuel Neuer missing from the depleted squad, misjudged the pass and inexplicably allowed it to roll into his own net.
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As Germany attempted to mount a late rally, the goal would prove crucial in the United States' 4-3 win. While the gaffe may have engendered some schadenfreude among fans of Germany's rivals in Europe, the response among #USMNT fans at RFK Stadium and commenting via social media may have best been summed up as LOL #FAIL.