While we in the U.S. have largely been consumed with CONCACAF’s U20 World Cup qualifying campaign this month, which the U.S. has largely shuffled through without much of a flourish, CONMEBOL is holding its own World Cup entry exam in Uruguay.
Earlier this month, Brazil took six points from its three group games to advance to the final stage, and three of those points came in a 2-0 win over Venezuela, which finished at the bottom of the group. Fluminense’s Kenedy, one of the most promising youth talents in South America, scored this decisive goal in the 72nd, and holy crap was it decisive. Am I a bit surprised this shot didn’t burn a hole through the net, leave a conical sonic boom in its wake and spontaneously deafen thousands of people? Yes. Yes I am.
Funny story. Kenedy was named after JFK’s brother Robert, hence Kenedy’s first name (Robert). There’s also a Brazilian on this U20 squad named Malcom named after, you guessed it, Malcolm X.