Kléberson (remember him?) scores gorgeous freekick winner for Philadelphia Union

Sunday October 6th, 2013

Remember Kléberson? That OTHER Brazilian World Cup-winning midfielder that was on the market in the summer of 2003? Y'know…the one Manchester United paid $10.4 million for after they missed out on Ronaldinho?

Well, that guy just hit a very Ronaldinho-like freekick to give Philadelphia Union's playoff hopes a HUGE boost. Watch above.

The goal is far and away the high point of Kléberson's MLS career, which, up until now has resembled his post-World Cup 2002 career: somewhat disappointing. After his short time at Manchester United, Kléberson moved to Turkish club Besiktas, where he terminated his contract after making 45 appearances over two years.

From there, Kléberson moved back to his native Brazil, where he played intermittently for Flamengo, Atlético Paranaense, and Bahia before being loaned to the Union near the start of this season. He hasn't played much for Philly, starting only four matches since he arrived.

Given all that, it's fair to say he's been a bit of a disappointment. But the goal he scored could make the loan deal completely worth it from the Union's end. Philadelphia is now in sole possession of the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with a game next week against league-worst D.C. United. The schedule gets tougher thereafter, with games against fellow Eastern playoff contenders Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City to close out the season.

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