The story of Jerry Bengtson has become quite the sad tale.
Once a promising attacker, who lit up the Honduran soccer league and impressed with the national team, Bengtson has spent the last couple of years in Iran, a place where he saw a dead sheep.
After a less-than-stellar year with Perspolis, Bengtson moved to Zob Ahan for the 2016-17 season. He’s done better here, leading him to request a return to the national team. This bid certainly wasn’t aided by his performance in Monday’s game.
With his team down 1-0, Bengtson stepped up to the penalty spot for a one-on-one opportunity with Al Ain’s goalkeeper. The lanky striker’s six league goals must have filled him with confidence, as Bengtson went for the Panenka. The results were less than desirable.
Bengtson’s team ended up losing 3-0, as Al Ain grabbed a spot in the Round of 16 of the 2017 AFC Champions League.
I will forever defend the New England Revolution’s decision to sign Bengtson in 2012. I will also be forever fascinated by his decline.