MLSGB’s MLS Goal of the Year Picks – Vote Now!

The MLS playoffs may be well underway, but goals scored in the postseason won’t be considered for the prestigious MLS Goal of the Season award, and so it’s time to start reliving some of the best strikes from the 2014 regular season.

There were 924 goals scored this year, but there can be only one that stands out above the rest, and you can now decide which goal gets it!

MLSSoccer.com is running their Goal of the Year vote too, but with 64 goals to choose from there, we decided to make it a little easier to decide by selecting what we think are the top ten goals.

It’s now up to you to decide which goal is named the MLSGB 2014 MLS Goal of the Year by voting below (voting will close on Sunday November 30th).

All goals courtesy of MLS on YouTube:

A) Will Johnson vs Vancouver Whitecaps (Week 13)

B) Marcon Pappa vs Colorado Rapids (Week 30)

C) Erick Torres vs Real Salt Lake (Week 16)

D) Obafemi Martins vs Portland Timbers (Week 26)

E) Erick Torres vs Montreal Impact (Week 17)

F) Jose Mari vs Vancouver Whitecaps (Week 5)

G) Jack McInerney vs Houston Dynamo (Week 16)

H) Federico Higuain vs Portland Timbers (Week 11)

I) Gaston Fernandez vs D.C United (Week 9)

J) Sam Cronin vs Philadelphia Union (Week 24)

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Three takeaways from Portland’s easy win over Chivas USA

Portland extended their unbeaten streak in MLS to six games on Wednesday night with a 2-0 win over Chivas USA, who fell to their fourth consecutive home loss. We take a look at the main talking points from the game. They are as follows:

1. Fanendo Adi shines on debut.

The 23 year-old Nigerian is on loan from FC Copenhagen in Denmark and he impressed on his debut with a well-taken brace.

With his size and pace, defenses will find it hard to stop the forward, who has plenty more on offer.

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2. Portland has many creative options.

With the Timbers being able to call on any two of four players to create in Michael Nanchoff, Diego Valeri, Gaston Fernandez and Darlington Nagbe, Portland have more than enough supply for their new striker (Adi).

We can see them mounting a very strong charge for the playoffs if they maintain their recent form.

 

3. Chivas lack firepower.

Chivas struggled once again to provide many chances in the final third. Erick Torres is leading the line and he is struggling to make enough of an impression on his own, as at only 5’11, he doesn’t have the size to command such a position.

He has scored eight goals in ten, a commendable feat given the lack of service but Chivas struggle as a team in the final third of the pitch.

Maybe a strike partner could solve this problem?

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Highlights via MLS on YouTube: