From the halls of Foxboro Stadium…

Revs Linked to South Korean F Ahn Jung-hwan

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 23, 2008

Does this count as the first semi-serious transfer rumor of the year? is reporting that the Revs are one of four MLS teams that have expressed interest in South Korean F Ahn Jung-hwan.  Clearly, there’s a desire in MLS to relive the Hong Myung-Bo era.

Ahn Jung-hwan, the Korean soccer star whose superlative World Cup performance in 2002 captured attention around the world, is apparently looking at a move to Major League Soccer.

The teams who are interested in his services, according to reports our of Korea, are the Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, the New England Revolution, and Red Bull New York.

If you remember, Ahn was the South Korean player who scored the Golden Goal that knocked Italy out of the 2002 World Cup, then had his loan canceled by Italian club Perugia for doing so.  He also scored the game-tying goal for South Korea against the United States in the same tournament.

During the World Cup, Jung-Hwan also scored the tying goal late in Korea’s match with the United States. After scoring the goal he performed a goal celebration with his teammates, mimicking the movements of compatriot Kim Dong-Sung. Six months earlier, during the 2002 Winter Olympics, speedskater Dong-Sung was disqualified for “cross tracking” American skater Apolo Anton Ohno in their 1500 m short track event. Because of the disqualification, Ohno won the gold medal even though he had finished second to the Korean. Jung-Hwan’s celebration was a form of protest against the ISU’s decision, which many Koreans felt was biased.

NOW do you remember him?  (By the way, if he pulls that crap in MLS, I hope some American-born goal-scorer responds by shadow-boxing with the corner flag.  Yes, there are people out there that still remember the screw job Roy Jones, Jr. got at the ’88 Seoul Olympics.)

Pretty decent YouTube highlight reel.  Then again, if he’s that good, why has he only scored eight goals in his last three years?


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