Joey Kirk traveled to Guatemala with a U. S. national soccer team hoping to earn a place on the 1988 Olympic soccer team. He returned to Los Angeles on Monday night with a story that might qualify him for a role in a sequel to "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."
Kirk, an All-American forward from Cal State Northridge, did not score a goal but said he played well during the 12-day, three-game tour. He left Guatemala on Monday morning at 5:30 and flew to Houston where he was to catch a connecting flight to Denver and then to Burbank.
When Kirk arrived in Houston, he and a few teammates learned that their scheduled flight to Denver had been canceled and that they would be rerouted to Los Angeles through San Francisco.
"The lady said San Francisco at 3:30," said Kirk, who waited in the airport until the afternoon departure.
The only problem was that 3:30 was the arrival time in San Francisco. Kirk missed the plane and finally caught a nonstop flight from Houston to Los Angeles at 6 p.m. He arrived at LAX at 10 only to discover that his luggage had gone to Burbank.