Portland Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe Wins 2011 MLS Goal Of The Year [Video]

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Holy moly, now that’s some mighty fancy footwork right there. The spectacular goal being referenced here comes courtesy of the Portland Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe during the squad’s match against Sporting Kansas City earlier this season, where the rookie Nagbe (and second overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft) settles the ball after an attempted punch-out by Sporting KC’s goalie and juggles it twice before blasting it crosswise and into the upper left corner of the net. Impressive. And impressive enough to snatch 42% of the vote to win the 2011 AT&T Goal of the Year.

More on the spectacular shot:

The goal was named one of the Top Plays on ESPN’s SportsCenter that evening and won ESPN SportsCenter’s ‘Best of the Best’ poll every day for a full week, earning more votes each day than another top play from around the sports world. Within days, the highlight surpassed one million views on YouTube and has been reviewed more than 1.5 million times. In addition to being named MLSsoccer.com’s Goal of the Week in Week 16, Nagbe’s incredible goal was also named the Timbers’ 2011 Play of the Year.

A big congratulations goes out to Mr. Nagbe for the tremendous honor. Perhaps for an encore, he could try to score more than 2 goals for the Timbers next season. Yeah, that would be nice.

[H/T SB Nation]

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  1. Noah Landers (Age 11)

    November 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I showed this to my 11 year old son and upon the first time watching it, he spotted a player in an off-side position make a play on this ball. Granted the offsides player didn’t touch it but he definitely made a play on it and it could be said that he was “involved” in the play as the keeper had to adjust for this player’s involvement.

    • Cesar

      November 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

      Hello,I’m a ref and that is one of the first things I noticed as well. You have kid, destined to be a good soccer player or refeee.Cesar

    • Allusion

      November 19, 2011 at 4:57 am

      Now you are right there was a player exactly where the ball was going. But if you watch the play closely the player had NOTHING to do with the goal. He wasn’t in the way of the goalie at all and didn’t touch the ball. So how does this have him being involved in anyway what so ever?

      It was a perfect kick that was 100% all him.

  2. Drew

    November 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    You both appear to have missed the defender at the top of the 6 yard box, goalies left, our vision right. He is behind the offensive player and at the time of the kick, is holding the other player onsides.

    • Kevin

      November 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      you sir are destined to be a website comments editor. i’m just kidding, you are correct, the play is legal.

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