The playoffs are upon us, but if that isn't enough to satiate your thirst for soccer, we've got another contest to keep you busy throughout November.
Yes, it's time to select another AT&T Goal of the Year. Just like 2011, 64 of the year's best strikes – including all 31 AT&T Goal of the Week winners – are up for nomination, and a fan vote will whittle the field down all the way down to the year's best strike.
Whose goal are you looking forward to seeing in contention? One of David Beckham's many wonderstrikes? Or perhaps your tastes run more on the Fredy Montero side?
Tune in to MLSsoccer.com tomorrow, Oct. 31 at 1 pm ET, to find out the first 16 goals up for election and cast your vote!
In the meantime, tide yourself over with last year's winner, an absolute stunner from the Portland Timbers' then-rookie, Darlington Nagbe:
Wondo did it. He tied Roy Lassiter's 16-year-old record for most goals in an MLS season, 27. (Congrats, Wondo.)
Let's compare some of the career numbers of Wondolowski and Lassiter.
|Chris Wondolowski||Roy Lassiter|
|Average minutes per game||67||77|
|Goals per 90 minutes played||.64||.58|
|Shots per 90 minutes played||3.27||2.60|
|Shots on goal per 90 minutes played||1.50||1.54|
|Percent Conversion rate (Goals/Shots)||19.6%||22.1%|
Top Goal Scorers in Each Season:
- 2012: 27 goals – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
- 2011: 16 goals – Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United); Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
- 2010: 18 goals – Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
- 2009: 17 goals – Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas)
- 2008: 20 goals – Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
- 2007: 20 goals – Luciano Emilio (D.C. United)
- 2006: 16 goals – Jeff Cunningham (Real Salt Lake)
- 2005: 17 goals – Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
- 2004: 12 goals – Eddie Johnson (Dallas Burn); Brian Ching (San Jose Earthquakes)
- 2003: 15 goals – Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy); Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
- 2002: 24 goals – Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy)
- 2001: 19 goals – Alex Pineda Chacón (Miami Fusion)
- 2000: 26 goals – Mamadou Diallo (Tampa Bay Mutiny)
- 1999: 18 goals – Stern John (Columbus Crew); Roy Lassiter (D.C. United); Jason Kreis (Dallas Burn)
- 1998: 26 goals – Stern John (Columbus Crew)
- 1997: 16 goals – Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)
- 1996: 27 goals – Roy Lassiter (Tampa Bay Mutiny)
Check out this goal from the Chicago Fire's Victor Pineda in a Reserve League match against Houston last weekend. It's got a shimmy, a shake, and a grand finale that, frankly, deserved a little more exuberant celebration.
Des grands matchs, des beaux buts, du débat, de l’analyse, des sujets nationaux et internationaux, voilà le menu de votre émission Coup Franc hebdomadaire (à écouter ici) :
- Notre invité Patrice Bernier revient brièvement sur la victoire de Montréal à New England, parle de sa place en équipe nationale canadienne, de l’utilité du match de ce mercredi contre Trinité-et-Tobago et de la génération actuelle qui a une occasion unique du participer à la Coupe du monde.
- Faut-il faire pression sur les clubs de MLS pour que les internationaux canadiens y jouent à la même place qu’en équipe nationale ?
- Le titre olympique du Mexique, et l’utilisation des jeunes en championnat du Mexique et en MLS.
- Analyse des forces du leader San José en compagnie de Christian Schaekels de Vision du Jeu : Wondolowski qui marque encore plus que l’an dernier, les progrès accomplis en une saison, son efficacité offensive sur les flancs et sur phases arrêtées, ses capacités physiques et mentales, ses remontées et ses fins de match incroyables (voir le but de Lenhart contre le LA Galaxy).
- La bonne humeur à New York et l’implication de Tim Cahill dans les deux buts contre Houston (le 1-0 et le 2-0).
- Landon Donovan qui multiplie les éloges après la victoire du LA Galaxy contre Chivas.
- Quel but trouvez-vous le plus beau : celui de Kandji contre Montréal ou celui de Nyassi à New England ?
Dry spells are nothing new in Dwayne De Rosario’s career.
Right now he is on a seven-match run without a goal since May 19, when he scored twice against Toronto FC. There are eight other dry spells during his MLS career that have lasted this long.
This season alone, DeRo has had two long dry spells, starting the season off with eight goalless matches. Oddly enough, De Rosario’s average playing time during those dry spells should have been ample enough for the midfielder to score a goal. His dry spell to open the season gave him an average of 86.25 minutes of playing time per game. His current summer dry spell has seen him play an average of 84.4 minutes per game.
The longest he has gone without scoring was in the first half of the 2002 season, when he failed to score for 11 matches, despite an average of 73.3 minutes per game.
Now these dry spells wouldn’t be so bad if we weren’t all sitting at the edge of our seats for DeRo to score his 100th career goal. He's currently at 98.
For a man who scores every 2.57 games, he sure has made us wait to see those final two goals. Do us all a favor DeRo, and just score already.
In just his second appearance, Kyle Miller scored quite the golazo for Sporting Kansas City against Stoke City Tuesday night. The kind of goal nobody is likely to see again anytime soon, if ever.
Stoke City opened up the scoring in the 84th minute in KC despite being put under pressure by the home team for much of th match. And while some thought the game was over, Miller, well, who knows what he was thinking? In stoppage time, he found himself in the right place at the right time, as Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic's clearance made a beeline for his noggin and the resulting header looped into an empty net from 40-yards out.
Check out the highlight from KickTV above and let us know what you think. Luck? Skill? Likelihood of being repeated anytime soon?
Chris Wondolowski is once again the leading goalscorer in MLS, topping the 2012 scoring charts with 17 strikes thus far, a four-goal lead over second-place Álvaro Saborío.
But some people are wondering why they haven’t seen any Wondo goals in the last three matches, since July 18. Luckily for the Quakes, the forward's dry spells tend to be short and come during certain times of the year. The last came May 13-19, lasting only two games.
His longest dry spell since his explosion onto the scene was early on, in 2010 between June 5 and August 7, when he failed to score for seven games. There is a pattern for the player that reassures us his current drought won’t last for too long. Most noticeably, he often goes cold in July and, whether it's the heat or just the midseason slog, he always seems to pick up his scoring form as the stretch run gets underway.
So even if Wondo may have dropped off after his impressive hat trick against Real Salt Lake, don't expect to wait too long until he picks up his push for Roy Lassiter's single-season scoring record, his first opportunity coming on Aug. 11 against the Seattle Sounders.
Seven Game Dry Spell
June 5 – Aug. 7, 2010
Five Game Dry Spell
July 23 – Aug. 20, 2011
Four Game Dry Spell
July 2 – July 16, 2011
Three Game Dry Spell
Aug. 28 – Sept. 11, 2010; April 2 – April 16, 2011; July 2 – July 16, 2011; July 18 – July 28, 2012
Two Game Dry Spell
Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2010; Sept. 17 – Sept. 21, 2011; May 13 – May 19, 2012
Roy Lassiter isn’t the only one with Wondo envy.
Former Golden Boot winner Taylor Twellman – who once made his own assault on Lassiter’s single-season scoring record – thinks the San Jose Earthquakes star is going to get it done as well.
But the former New England Revolution man still thinks it’s going to take a herculean effort from Wondo.
“I didn’t even know what the record was in 2002, to be honest with you,” he told MLSsoccer.com of his own haul a decade ago that ultimately came up four goals short of the record. “Twenty-seven is a ridiculous amount of goals. It really is ridiculous.”
Twellman also finished one goal behind Carlos Ruiz for the scoring title that season. But he can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the circumstances in New England were just a little bit different.
“I would’ve absolutely loved – and I always wondered what it would have been like – to play with a target man,” he said. “Somebody like Brian McBride, where he’s more the target and you can be the second striker.”
That’s the difference, he believes, this season for Wondo, who is benefitting from the hard work in the box of big men like Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon.
Twellman never had that kind of partner during his eight-year MLS career, spending most of it alongside Pat Noonan – productively, it must be said. Twellman's 101 career regular-season goals has him ranked at No. 6 on the all-time list.
But just humor his fantasy here for a second: a front-line duo of Twellman and McBride in their prime? Who on earth could stop that one-two punch?
Es el jugador más representativo de Seattle Sounders en el medio del campo, y muchos dicen que incluso es el mejor jugador actualmente en la MLS.
Ese es Osvaldo Alonso.
Claro está que no lo es en todas las posiciones de la cancha, tal y como muestra este video, donde el estelar cubano es vencido en la portería por una pequeña jugadora de fútbol.
Zapatero a sus zapatos.