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]