Eskandarian Nets Goal of the Week

A spectacular 39th minute left-footed shot
by D.C. United forward Alecko Eskandarian in his team's season opening
2-1 win over the defending MLS Cup champion San Jose Earthquakes was recognized
by fans as the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week for the week ending April
3, 2004. The goal was the fourth career strike for the No. 1 selection
of the 2003 SuperDraft.

The weekly winner is determined among a selection of finalists through
a fan vote conducted on the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week section of Major
League Soccer's official web site:

The 21-year-old University of Virginia product narrowly beat out MetroStars
forward Mike Magee by collecting 40 percent of the ballots while Magee
finished with 38 percent. The game-winning goal by Los Angeles Galaxy
forward Jovan Kirovski finished third with 15 percent, while the New England
Revolution’s Jay Heaps and another Galaxy newcomer, Andreas Herzog,
also received votes.

Eskandarian’s goal helped restore United’s lead right before
the halftime break. Strike partner Jaime Moreno sliced a pass from the
left side of the field into a seam down the middle of the San Jose back
line which found Eskandarian. The New Jersey native proceeded to beat
defender Ramiro Corrales to the ball and flicked a left-footed shot to
the left of Earthquakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad, bouncing the shot off the
far right post. It gave the home team a 2-1 lead it would not relinquish.

"It's a huge boost," Eskandarian told the Washington Post.
"To come here today, get the game-winner against San Jose, the defending
champs, being my first game of the season, I couldn't imagine anything

The goal had extra meaning for Eskandarian, who dedicated it to Nicole
Megaloudis - the daughter of former Miami Fusion administrator Nick Megaloudis,
stepdaughter of former D.C. United coach Thomas Rongen and sister of Eskandarian’s
former Virginia teammate, Chris. Megaloudis was fatally injured in a car
accident in early February. On his celebration of the goal, Eskandarian
lifted his jersey to reveal a T-shirt reading, "Nicole, We Miss You!"
as he ran to the sideline following his goal.

Streaming video highlights of MLS games are available for viewing every
weekend just hours after the conclusion of the final match of the weekend.
The Sierra Mist Goal of the Week winner is announced the following Wednesday.

At the end of the regular season, each of the 29 Goal of the Week winners
selected throughout the season will be featured in voting for the Sierra
Mist MLS Goal of the Year, an award presented annually to the author of
the season's most spectacular scoring play. The Sierra Mist Goal of the
Year award will be presented at the annual Gala Awards ceremony in the
days leading up to MLS Cup 2004.


Week 1: Alecko Eskandarian
(D.C. United)
Week 2: Ronald Cerritos
(D.C. United)

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