2012 AT&T Goal of the Year

There aren't many sweeter moments in soccer than a well-hit golazo, and 2012 saw plenty of them.

From the well-worked team move to the long bomb to those stunning displays of athleticism, great goals come in all shapes and sizes, meaning we would be remiss not to honor some of the best this season had to offer.

Just like the 2011 competition, the 2012 AT&T Goal of the Year contest will feature 64 of the year's best goals in a World Cup style tournament that will feature a series of group stages designed to whittle the field all the way from 64 to the year's best goal.

Here's how it all works:

  • 64 goals are nominated: the 31 winners of the AT&T Goal of the Week (Weeks 13-15 were rolled into one) plus 33 goals chosen by the MLSsoccer.com's editorial staff.
  • The First Round (voting open Oct. 31-Nov. 7) consists of the 64 nominated goals, placed in 16 groups of four. The top two in each group, as determined by an online vote, advance to the Second Round.
  • The Second Round (Nov 9-12) consists of the 32 remaining goals, placed into eight groups of four. The top two in each group advance to the Round of 16.
  • The Round of 16 (Nov. 14-21) consists of the 16 remaining goals, placed in four groups of four. The top goal in each group, as determined by the combination of online voting and text voting, advance to the Final group.
  • The Final Group (Nov 24-27) consists of the 4 remaining goals. The AT&T Goal of the Year winner will be determined by the combination of online voting and text voting.
  • The winner of the 2012 AT&T Goal of the Year will be announced on Thursday, November 29.

First Round

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
D. Beckham (LA) vs. VAN
K. Boyd (POR) vs. PHI
B. Davis (HOU) vs. DC
D. Mattocks (VAN) vs. TOR
C. Wondolowski (SJ) vs. LA
T. Henry (NY) vs. COL
M. Santos (DC) vs. DAL
M. Sarvas (LA) vs. COL
F. Montero (SEA) vs. POR
S. Sène (NE) vs. PHI
M. Ballouchy (NY) vs. MTL
S. Nyassi (MTL) vs. NE
R. Keane (LA) vs. RSL
K. Beckerman (RSL) vs. SJ
L. Nguyen (NE) vs VAN
J. Ángel (CHV) vs. NY
Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
A. Saborio (RSL) vs. CHV
D. Beckham (LA) vs. POR
R. Lambe (TOR) vs. CHI
E. Renteria (CLB) vs. SEA
P. Ianni (SEA) vs. SKC
L. Neagle (MTL) vs.SJ
Camilo (VAN) vs. MTL
W. Conde (NY) vs. DC
C. Sapong (SKC) vs. SJ
J. Villarreal (LA) vs. VAN
S. Miranda (CLB) vs. DAL
R. Johnson (TOR) vs. NY
R. Johnson (TOR) vs. SEA
D. Beckham (LA) vs. MTL
C. Rolfe (CHI) vs CLB
T. Henry (NY) vs. CHI
Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12
E. Johnson (SEA) vs. CHV
M. Pappa (CHI) vs. SEA
R. Corrales (SJ) vs. CHV
Q. Amarikwa (COL) vs. CLB
M. Di Vaio (MTL) vs. DC
D. Nagbe (POR) vs.RSL
F. Higuaín (CLB) vs. NE
L. Silva (TOR) vs. NE
J. Morales (RSL) vs. POR
S. Nyassi (MTL) vs. NE
J. Jewsbury (POR) vs. DAL
J. de Guzman (DAL) vs. VAN
F. Montero (SEA) vs. VAN
A. Saborío (RSL) vs. COL
R. Keane (LA) vs VAN
D. Mwanga (POR) vs. SJ
Group 13 Group 14 Group 15 Group 16
P. Nyarko (CHI) vs. DC
D. Beckham (LA) vs. POR
B. Shea (DAL) vs. MTL
T. Henry (NY) vs. CLB
F. Martins (MTL) vs. PHI
J. McInerney (PHI) vs.LA
J. Peterson (SKC) vs. PHI
Juninho (LA) vs. TOR
J. Jewsbury (POR) vs. VAN
J. Cesar (SKC) vs. TOR
T. Henry (NY) vs. NE
O. Cummings (COL) vs. LA
F. Montero (SEA) vs. LA
D. Richards (VAN) vs. RSL
Alex (CHI) vs HOU
C. Pontius (DC) vs. N

Second Round

Group A Group B Group C Group D
M. Santos (DC) vs. DAL
T. Henry (NY) vs. CHI
D. Mattocks (VAN) vs. TOR
S. Nyassi (MTL) vs. NE
D. Beckham (LA) vs. POR
J. Jewsbury (POR) vs. VAN
F. Montero (SEA) vs. VAN
C. Sapong (SKC) vs. SJ
F. Montero (SEA) vs. POR
M. Pappa (CHI) vs. SEA
F. Higuaín (CLB) vs. NE
J. Ángel (CHV) vs. NY
R. Johnson (TOR) vs. SEA
F. Martins (MTL) vs. PHI
D. Mwanga (POR) vs. SJ
E. Johnson (SEA) vs. CHV
Group E Group F Group G Group H
L. Nguyen (NE) vs. VAN
F. Montero (SEA) vs. POR
C. Wondolowski (SJ) vs. LA
P. Nyarko (CHI) vs. DC
P. Ianni (SEA) vs. SKC
T. Henry (NY) vs. CLB
J. Jewsbury (POR) vs. DAL
D. Richards (VAN) vs. RSL
R. Johnson (TOR) vs. NY
S. Nyassi (MTL) vs. NE
W. Conde (NY) vs. DC
J. McInerney (PHI) vs. LA
D. Beckham (LA) vs. VAN
D. Nagbe (POR) vs. RSL
J. Cesar (SKC) vs. TOR
A. Saborío (RSL) vs. CHV

Round of 16

Group I Group II Group III Group IV
P. Ianni (SEA) vs. SKC
F. Montero (SEA) vs. VAN
J. Cesar (SKC) vs. TOR
J. Jewsbury (POR) vs. DAL
L. Nguyen (NE) vs. VAN
D. Mattocks (VAN) vs. TOR
F. Martins (MTL) vs. PHI
E. Johnson (SEA) vs. CHV
F. Montero (SEA) vs. LA
J. Jewsbury (POR) vs. VAN
T. Henry (NY) vs. CHI
F. Montero (SEA) vs. POR
D. Nagbe (POR) vs. RSL
R. Johnson (TOR) vs. NY
J. Angel (CHV) vs. NY
J. McInerney (PHI) vs. LA

Finals

  • P. Ianni (SEA) vs. LA
  • L. Nguyen (NE) vs. VAN
  • F. Montero (SEA) vs. LA
  • D. Nagbe (POR) vs. RSL

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