We’re a little late on two of these, but all three are worthy of multiple looks.
First up, Philippe Mexes, French center back for AC Milan, getting all Rivaldo-like* on Anderlecht in the Champions League last Wednesday:
Then there was Lukas Podolski’s stinging volley for Arsenal against Montpelier, also in the Champions League:
Sweet chip from Olivier Giroud to set him up, and what a finish.
Finally, a terrific team goal from Borussia Dortmund against Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga yesterday—a sweeping move from left to right, finished off by a one-touch exchange in the box and a clinical volley by Jakub “Kuba” Błaszczykowski**:
That one might’ve been the best of the bunch. Watch out for Dortmund in the Champions League, people.
*If you clicked the link and watched that Rivaldo goal, you may well have just witnessed the greatest goal in the history of the game. It was his third of the night, and it won the match 3-2. No, really.
**Kuba also scored what was, for our money, the best goal of Euro 2012. Here it is again, Poland vs Russia:
It was the week of the long-range rocket as Juninho, Danny Mwanga, Javier Morales, and Simon Dawkins (a Tottenham loanee, btw) all struck from distance, while Robbie Keane tormented poor Toronto FC defender Ashtone Morgan in the box before blasting home.
We have to go with Dawkins on this one. That was a filthy effort. Keane’s cutback clocks in at No. 2 on our ballot.
The burly U.S. international may have had a quiet couple of World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica last week, but Jozy Altidore’s club form remains at an Everest-like peak. This weekend he bagged three goals and an assist in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-0 demolition of Roda JC.
Five games into the season, the former New York Red Bull has seven of his team’s 10 goals, and three more than anyone else in the Eredivisie.
He scored two goals with his left foot, one with his right, and his passing, movement, and finishing were on point. See here:
If he weren’t stranded up top so much with the U.S. national team, we’d be willing to bet he’d start pumping them in at a similar rate for the Stars and Stripes.
There were some great goals in MLS’s Week 23, from Dane Richards’ sly curl around a defender into the top corner, to Jair Benitez’s terrific free kick.
But they all took a backseat, in our humble opinion, to Montreal attacker Sanna Nyassi’s sensational 70-yard run and sizzling finish past New England keeper Matt Reis.
Take a look:
Note to MLS defenders: do not let Sanna Nyassi build up a head of steam. He becomes unstoppable.
U.S. midfielder Jozy Altidore looks like a grown-ass man in these highlights from AZ Alkmaar’s season opener against defending Eredivisie champs Ajax Amsterdam. The 22-year-old New Jersey native scored both of his team’s goals in the 2-2 draw:
Have you ever inadvertently bumped into one of those concrete planters on a city sidewalk? Not a lot of give on those, is there? You tend to get bounced off rudely—kind of like what happened to the defender who challenged Altidore in the box on that first goal.
On the second, Altidore gets it going with a sweet backheel and then finishes high to the near post—a goal-scorer’s, whatever-it-takes kind of finish.
Can’t wait to see this guy back in the U.S. shirt this fall.
Portland midfielder Jack Jewsbury got off a great hit in his tying goal against Dallas, and Eddie Johnson and Mauro Rosales worked a bit of magic to start off Seattle’s rout of Los Angeles, but our vote goes to Felipe’s flying side volley against Philadelphia, which iced the Impact’s 2-0 win.
Take a look at all five candidates here:
For a complete wrap-up of MLS Week 22, which included the untimely death of 22-year-old Columbus midfielder Kirk Urso, check out our column over at the league site.
Backpost reader and prolific yellow card collector RefBaiter says no way, but we are giving the Frenchman’s strike in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Chicago some serious consideration. The first touch off the chest that creates space for the shot, the clutch factor (it was a game-winner) and the incredible volley in off the far post. Take a look:
That’s a pretty damn good goal. We can think of a few others that rival it in Henry’s short MLS career, and have included them below. Let us know in the comments if you think any of them is better than yesterday’s strike.
September 11, 2010, vs Colorado. The set-up is what makes this one brilliant. He backheels the ball to Joel Lindpere to keep the play alive, then lulls Colorado defender Kosuke Kimura before baiting him into a lunge and absolutely exploding by him on the give-and-go. Magic:
July 23, 2011, vs FC Dallas. A great piece of individual skill that was also clutch: It lifted to New York into a tie in the waning moments:
October 1, 2011, vs Toronto FC. The touch to turn away from TFC defender Andy Iro = so skillful. The finish = deadly. Also: an 88th-minute equalizer = clutch:
Those were the Henry golazos we could recall. Did we miss one? Which do you think is the best? Let us know in the comments.
And whatever you think, one thing is clear: Henry may have had some discipline issues in his Red Bulls career, but he has delivered the goods as a player.