The five best goals of the 2005 Major League Soccer season - as voted by the fans on the League's official website, www.MLSnet.com - are finalists for the 2005 Sierra Mist Goal of the Year. The original ballot of 40 top goals was reduced to ten in the first round of voting, and then to the top five through voting which ended this morning. From Tuesday, November 1 until Monday, November 7, fans can vote for the 2005 Sierra Mist Goal of the Year from the following five finalists:
Clint Dempsey - New England Revolution at Chicago Fire on April 27
Quick flick up past defender and one time volley.
Carlos Ruiz - FC Dallas at D.C. United on May 28
Bicycle kick home from the near the penalty spot.
Jason Kreis - Real Salt Lake vs. Kansas City Wizards on August 13
Volley into the upper corner from over 20 yards out for his 100th career goal.
Freddy Adu - D.C. United at Real Salt Lake on October 5
Quick-flick over oncoming defender near midfield and race past defenders before shooting low to the inside of the far post.
Dwayne De Rosario - San Jose Earthquakes at Los Angeles Galaxy on October 15
Powerful freekick from 25 yards out that bent around the right side of the wall and hooked into the upper corner.
1. October 19-25 - Voting for top 10 goals from original 40 nominees
2. October 25-November 1 - Voting for top five goals
3. November 1-November 7 - Voting for Sierra Mist Goal of the Year from the top five goals
The Sierra Mist Goal of the Year will be announced on November 11, 2005.
Goal of the Year Winners
2004: Dwayne De Rosario - San Jose Earthquakes vs. D.C. United - August 2, 2004
2003: Damani Ralph - Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew - August 13, 2003
2002: Carlos Ruiz - Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Columbus Crew - July 27, 2002
2001: Clint Mathis - MetroStars vs. Dallas Burn - April 28, 2001
2000: Marcelo Balboa - Colorado Rapids at Columbus Crew - April 22, 2000
1999: Marco Etcheverry - D.C. United at Miami Fusion - May 22, 1999
1998: Brian McBride - Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire - July 9, 1998
1997: Marco Etcheverry - D.C. United vs. New England Revolution - August 27, 1997
1996: Eric Wynalda - San Jose Earthquakes vs. D.C. United - April 6, 1996