Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen was nine minutes away from notching a shutout in what ended up being a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers, despite getting hit in the eye with the head from a bobblehead doll (pictured above) early in the match. Yes, the head from a bobblehead doll.
The incident happened just after Graham Zusi scored the opening goal in the 25th minute. From the AP:
Nielsen was struck by a piece from an Omar Bravo bobblehead doll, one of thousands given away to fans in attendance. The Danish keeper lay on the field for 4 minutes but was able to continue after being checked out by medical personnel.
Two people were arrested.
Nielsen, who was getting a drink beside the goal when he was hit, said he's had objects thrown at him "a million times, but never at home.
"It happens," he said. "It's no big deal."
No, that really doesn't happen. People don't get hit in the face with the decapitated heads of Omar Bravo dolls everyday. But, it happened to you, Jimmy, and you didn't let it throw you off. Well done.
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- Jimmy Nielsen
- bobblehead doll
- Graham Zusi