The first week of the 2014 season’s MLS Cup playoffs are over as the first-legs of the conference semi-finals have been played, as well as the knockout games on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Vancouver Whitecaps and Sporting Kansas City were eliminated at the first hurdle as FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls earned their places in the weekend fixtures with 2-1 victories.
There were 10 goals in the four games over the weekend, including six in the thrilling game between Columbus Crew and New England Revolution, as the Revs came out on top with a 4-2 victory away from home.
It is a goal from that game which is the MLSGB playoff goal of the week: Chris Tierney’s perfectly struck free-kick.
Chris Tierney’s free-kick (via MLS on YouTube)
Tierney rifled a perfect shot into the top-right corner just after halftime to extend the Revs lead to 2-0, and that was the goal that made things look out of reach for the Crew.
Columbus did fight back twice to stay in the tie, but it will take a monumental effort to progress into the Eastern Conference final as they need to overturn the 4-2 deficit in New England on Sunday.
Bradley Wright-Phillips’ goal from an incredible backheel by Thierry Henry deserves to be mentioned, but Tierney’s strike takes the Goal of the Week award this week.
What do you think was the best goal of the week from the MLS Playoff games?