You might not know it, but Je-Vaughn Watson has an uncanny ability to predict when he's going to score.
In the 42nd minute of Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup match against the Chicago Fire, Watson scored off a corner kick, giving the defender his third goal of the year across all competitions. Interestingly, two of these goals have come against the Fire. Eerily, the Jamaican foreshadowed both.
"We were talking earlier, me and Steve Neumann, and I said, ‘It’s Chicago, I scored on them last time, so, whatever, I’m going to go for it’," Watson said. "Before I even tap it in the goal, I said, ‘Oh, my God, it’s a goal again’."
Watson's most recent tally might also be his most important. Just two minutes before he scored, Watson mistimed a tackle, allowing David Accam to bring the game level at 1-1. Though disappointed, the 32-year-old didn't hang his head and quickly found redemption.
The opportunity started when Chris Tierney sent in a corner that Kei Kamara won. The ball then needed a couple of bounces before it reached an eager Watson, who nodded it home. The goal looked fortuitous on its face, but it's the type of play that the Revs expect Watson to make.
"He’s hungry," head coach Jay Heaps said. "He’s dangerous and he never stops moving in the box. That’s the important thing. He’s not just waiting for the first service he’s reading. Those are the ones people stop on. He just keeps going."
In his first season with the Revolution, Watson has already produced some big moments. Besides scoring two game-winners against the Fire, he's also found the back of the net during the Open Cup game against the Philadelphia Union. On that same night, Watson took the final penalty kick in the shootout, which sealed advancement for the Revs.
With plenty of league games left to play and a championship final on the horizon, don't be surprised if Watson has more left to offer. After all, he's here to win silverware.
"I come here to win trophies," Watson explained. "Wherever we're going, I'm going to go there to win because it's the first [time] I've been to a final and I want to win something for the club because it's a good club, good organization."