SALT LAKE CITY - Real Salt Lake FW Jason Kreis 100th goal was selected as one of five goals remaining as a candidate for the 2005 Major League Soccer Sierra Mist Goal of the Year after the second round of voting ended today on the League's official website, www.MLSnet.com. 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 on Tuesday.
"When I got No. 89 to break Roy Lassiter's record, I said I would be more proud of 100," remembered Kreis, whose 9 goals this season represents the team high. "I wasn't sure why, but now I finally figured out what 100 means to me: it means 10 goals a year over 10 years, and that's a pretty decent career.
"Now I would like to shoot for a 150 goals, meaning five more years of 10 goals a season."
Kreis became the first-ever MLS player to break the 100 career-goal threshold with his century-mark rocket against Kansas City on Aug. 13. In the game's 72nd-minute, the Omaha, Nebraska native collected a header from FW Dante Washington in the top corner of the box and rocked a left-footed half-volley into the upper 90.
"This is probably the most bittersweet moment of my life," said Kreis following the Kansas City game on Aug. 13. "It has to be one of the best goals that I have ever taken in this League. I am proud of this one, but I am extremely disappointed in our result tonight."
Kreis is currently recovering from left knee surgery after having a portion of his meniscus shaved and a new Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) put in, with the surgery performed by U.S. Men's National Team doctor, Bert Mandelbaum, at Santa Monica Orthopedic in Santa Monica, Calif on Sept. 29. He expects to be back in time for the start of 2006 season.
The Sierra Mist Goal of the Year will be announced on Friday, November 11, 2005 and fans can now vote by logging onto http://www.mlsnet.com/MLS/mls/events/mls_cup/2005/awards/sierra_mist/goty/
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.
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