Josh Lambo was a United States U-20 international and a goalkeeper for FC Dallas who never played a match for the team. Basically, he was that dude who a tiny percentage of people knew about and even fewer people remembered. But people are going to know who he is now.
Lambo joined the San Diego Chargers.
After calling it quits as a soccer player at just 21 years old in 2012, he enrolled at Texas A&M and joined the (American) football team. By the next year, he was the Aggies’ kicker, a job he kept until he graduated last year. Having already been a professional in one sport, he tried to make a go of it in another and signed with the Chargers, where he was put in a competition with the incumbent, Nick Novak. After a 4-for-4 preseason, including one from over 50 yards, San Diego gave Lambo the gig and cut Novak.
Now Lambo has real pressure. This isn’t a kid’s tournament anymore or sitting on bench in a half-empty Toyota Stadium for Dallas. When 70,000 fans fill the stadium for his first game with the Chargers, it will probably be more people than the cumulative who ever watched him in his soccer career.
But what if the best athletes in the U.S. played soccer?