Soccer Spotlight: St. Patrick's Day Lucky Charms

Soccer Spotlight: St. Patrick's Day Lucky Charms

15Mar 2018

Fort Mill, S.C.

Luck is success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions. From four leaf clovers, to leprechauns, or a favorite pair of socks, luck has been associated with sports forever. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we wanted to know if Major League Soccer (MLS) players believed in luck and if so, what brings them luck. Here’s what a few had to say:


Albert Rusnák, Real Salt Lake: I don’t have any superstitions, I used to have one but then I thought “what am I doing, this isn’t bringing me any luck” so I kind of stopped putting on this shoe before that one, and crossing the line with this foot. I wouldn’t mind some luck this season!

Alberth Elis, Houston Dynamo: To thank and ask God to be a better player and do the right things.

Anibal Godoy, San Jose: I don’t really believe in good luck, but my wife does. My wife one day on the day of the first game last year against Montreal, wanted to go to the Cheesecake Factory and I scored in that first game. And my wife said for the next game, we need to go to the Cheesecake Factory again, and so we did and I scored again! After that, every time she wants to go to the Cheesecake Factory before a home game.

Carlos Vela, LAFC: I don’t really believe in luck, I think it’s just work. Work hard, and then you’ll receive.

Josef Martinez, Atlanta United: God

Luciano Acosta, DC United: My son. I have a picture of my family on my shin guards and I kiss them before I start the game.

Miguel Almiron, Atlanta United: When I played in Argentina they’d always tell me to wear the same thing for every game, but I don’t really believe in superstitions.

Nico Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders: My son. After he was born, we always win or something good comes. We always share a high-five or a fist bump before a game. I think he is a lucky charm for me.

Roman Torres, Seattle Sounders: My family. If it’s a home game, I like to spend time playing with my family and my daughter likes to play with my hair. Right before I leave for the game, we pray together.

Tim Howard, Colorado Rapids: The superstitious part of me says that if I put everything on the right side first vs the left, it brings me good luck – you know my right boot, my right glove, my right sock.