MLS Goals of the Season: 2011
With the 2011 Major League Soccer season done and dusted and attention now focused on the usually boring minutia of roster moves, it's time to take a look back at the best goals of the year. Whether from a deft touch, a scorching blast or a perfectly curled free kick, these goals brought roars from the crowd, lifted the hearts of supporters and made jaws drop.
Although it was a relatively meaningless goal in stoppage time of a game that was already 3-0, this brilliant finish from Juan Agudelo showed fans of the New York Red Bulls and the United States Men's National Team what he promises to bring in the future.
Winning the 2011 Goal of the Year Award, this amazing strike from Darlington Nagbe came when he juggled the ball twice on the edge of the area before burying this ridiculous wundergoal.
This beautiful goal from Davide Chiumiento showed off both his deft touch and his ability to strike the ball.
Eric Hassli took advantage of a defensive mistake from the Seattle Sounders to score this fantastic volley against Sounders keeper Kasey Keller.
This cheeky finish from Alvaro Saborio put his team ahead by two goals against the Seattle Sounders in their first-leg matchup in the MLS playoffs.
Although Zusi was probably a little lucky to catch Kevin Hartman off his line, this was a beautiful strike that Zusi was able to hit with an incredible amount of power on frame from distance.
In his best MLS season, Beckham bent this gorgeous free kick into the upper 90 of the near post against Kansas City early in the year.
In his team's early-season victory over the Portland Timbers, Javier Martina of Toronto FC scored this terrific half volley, smashing it off the post and in.
What a way to score your first goal. In this laser into the upper 90, Seattle Sounder defender Tyson Wahl beat Revolution keeper Matt Reis so cleanly that Reis didn't even move.
Alan Gordon scored this inch-perfect volley in the dying seconds against the LA Galaxy to earn Toronto FC a rare point at the Home Depot Center.
In this clip, Adam Moffat of the Houston Dynamo scored one of his two terrific blasts from distance this season. The cherry on top: It came against his former team.
With another 40-yard bomb, Adam Moffat contributed to the Dynamo's late-season victory over the team that would eventually beat them in the MLS Cup, the LA Galaxy.
In this goal in Week 19, Brek Shea gathered the ball near the half, drove into Toronto's defense and launched a screamer off the post and in.
Juninho smashed this beauty back in June for what would become the eventual game-winner against the Colorado Rapids.