Whitecaps' Hassli topped by Wambach for ESPY
After garnering millions of views on YouTube, it seemed only a monumental play could stop Vancouver Whitecaps forward Eric Hassli’s spectacular goal against the Seattle Sounders from taking home an ESPY for Best Play.
In the end, that’s exactly what happened. Hassli's extraordinary late equalizer against Vancouver's Cascadia rivals on June 11 — the big Frenchman received a pass near the right edge of the box, flicked it up, and guided an 18-yard shot over Kasey Keller and into the net — was topped by US women’s national team forward Abby Wambach and her dramatic stoppage-time equalizer against Brazil in the World Cup from this past weekend.
The American women would go on to beat As Canarinhas in penalty kicks to kickstart a run to the World Cup final, where they will play Japan for the title on Sunday.
Hassli’s goal was voted by fans through two rounds and into the final five nominations, where it went up against a game-winning touchdown return, an incredible touchdown run, Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick goal and Wambach’s tally.
WATCH: Hassli's specatular volley