Chris Konopka, We Meet Again

With Philadelphia Union keeper Zac MacMath uncertain for Sunday's game, the Worms might fall back on Chris Konopka, he (formerly) of the MLS goalkeeper pool and the WTF-inducing spot start against the Chicago Fire last year.

Konopka backstopped the Red Bulls to a draw that day and when he's not playing the second half against Schalke 04, he's having his training mistakes aired in the ledes of stories on MLSsoccer.com.

A day before the Philadelphia Union were set to take on FC Schalke 04 in an international friendly at PPL Park, Philly’s third-string goalkeeper Chris Konopka let in a soft goal in training.

As soon as he saw the ball go by him, he knew he made a mistake.

"I basically curled into a ball," Konopka said. "I made myself small. The first thing I had to get into my head was to keep myself big. I’m a big guy. I’m 6-foot-5. The more I make myself big, the less they have to shoot at the goal."

Practice gaffes aside, Konopa's performance in the Union's 2-1 win against Schalke Wednesday should inspire confidence should he get the nod Sunday. Though, Chase Harrison, the team's second-stringer, is the more likely pick.

Both Konopka and Harrison should take heart, it'll be hard for either of them to do worse than this.


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