We’ve seen the Nats shaving-cream pie pitchers who get their first MLB wins so many times that it’s become old-hat, or old-Barbasol, or whatever, but I don’t recall a ton of D.C. United shaving-cream pies.
That, however, isn’t why I’m posting this image gallery of United goalie Joe Willis, following his first MLS start, a shutout win over Vancouver. Rather, it’s because midfielder Kurt Morsink did such an exemplary job from beginning to end.
First, he pretended to actually be a press member listening to Willis’s earnest answers, from the looks of things.
“For most of the day and the early part [of the match], I was pretty nervous,” was one of the things Willis said, via Goff. “A lot of the older guys talked me through it. By the time I got through warm-ups, I was ready to go and the nerves were gone.”
Then, Morsink pounced, but he did so in exceedingly fashion, saying things like “Good game man” several times in a calm voice as he administered the treatment.
Not pictured: Morsink also gave an earnest handshake to Willis while his face was covered in white.
And then, capping off one of the best and kindest shaving-cream performances I’ve seen, Morsink actually started the clean-up process himself. So that when Willis went home and put his young face to bed, he would still have a clean sheet. Yeah.
I mean, that’s a player-rating of at least 4, or 9, or whatever means a really good player rating in soccer.