The results for our first MLS Goal of the Week vote are now in with New York City FC midfielder Mix Diskerud convincingly winning the award for the first week of the season for his fine curled effort against Orlando City on Sunday night.
Diskerud’s goal was a historic one for NYCFC as it was the expansion franchises’ first ever MLS goal and the USMNT star has scooped our first Goal of the Week award to top off a fine week.
Diskerud earned 55% of the votes this week with Clint Dempsey in second place with 20% of the votes and Lloyd Sam coming in third with 17%.
So here’s another look at your Goal of the Week for week one:
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?
The 2014 MLS regular season came to an end on Sunday night, after what has been another thrilling year of soccer.
Seattle Sounders clinched the MLS Supporters’ Shield with a 2-0 win over LA Galaxy, while Vancouver sealed the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 1-0 win at home to the Colorado Rapids.
The playoffs await now, as the drama looks set to continue right up to the MLS Cup on December 7.
Our final Goal of the Week award goes to the man who equalled the MLS single season goalscoring record with this strike in the final game of the season – Bradley Wright-Phillips.
The Red Bulls striker got his 27th of the season thanks to a brace against Sporting Kansas City, and although he couldn’t break the record, he tied it with this fine individual goal that sums up his tireless work rate:
Wright-Phillips won the Golden Boot for his achievements this year, but his Red Bull teammates must now prepare to host Kansas City in the Eastern Conference knockout round game on Thursday night.
Nguyen has been excellent all season, and his two goals on Thursday night saw the Revs come from behind to beat the Houston Dynamo.
Jermaine Jones’ phenomenal through ball to Kevin Alston opened up the play, and the cross found Nguyen, who calmly shifted the ball on to his right-foot before firing a perfect shot into the top-right corner of the net.
New England will now be looking to end the season on a high against Toronto FC before going far in the playoffs.
What was your goal of the week? And how far will the Revs go in the playoffs?
This week we had a tough choice of choosing between two wonderful goals scored during this weekend’s action but were all stunned by the quality of the goal scored by Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson in their thrilling 4-3 Cascadia Cup loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
San Jose’s Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi came close to taking the honour after his long range striker won the game for the Earthquakes against FC Dallas but Johnson’s goal was sublime, particularly the hold up play and assist provided by Fanendo Adi.