The incomparable LionelMessi was at it again this past weekend, making Atletico Bilbao defenders look like Washington General–style accomplices in his showmanship en route to Barcelona’s first goal in a 2-2 draw on Saturday.
Take a look:
As PrisonMike said, he makes stuff like this look too easy.
Sidenote: There’s a clip of this floating around with beIN Sports’ RayHudson doing the commentary, and we gotta say, the former Miami Fusion and D.C. United coach may have jumped the shark when it comes to broadcasting Messi brilliance.
His way over-the-top response—with phrases like “he emasculates them individually, collectively!” and “he disperses his atoms to one side of his body…!”—actually detracts from the sensational action on display.
Tamp it down a bit, Ray. You’re getting in the way.
Wait for the third replay of this astounding long-range goal from MorDiouf, a Senegalese defender who plays for South African Premier League side Supersport United.
That’s the one that gives the best angle of him collecting the ball deep in his own end with two minutes to play in a scoreless game. He looks up, sees the Mamelodi Sundowns keeper off his line, and … has a go from about, oh, 80 yards:
The nine games yielded 24 goals, many of which were terrific, including the following five:
The week was filthy rich with great goals; there were also fine strikes from MikeMagee and SebastienLeToux. But of the five nominees, we have to go with DavyArnaud’s excellent finish, teed up by Felipe’s superb scoop over the top. Finishing a close second for us was DiegoValeri‘s slick slalom and finish against New York, followed, again, very closely, by Vancouver’s beautiful team goal.
Keep an eye on Whitecaps midfielder DaigoKobayashi, the man who laid that ball off for GershonKhoffie to finish. Kobayashi’s teammate JunMarquesDavidson said the Japanese import (who’s only 30) would be the most technical player in the league when he joined in preseason. After seeing him for one game, we see what Davidson means: Kobayashi is superclean on the ball. He—and Vancouver—are going to be fun to watch.
It was the week of the long-range rocket as Juninho, DannyMwanga, JavierMorales, and SimonDawkins (a Tottenham loanee, btw) all struck from distance, while RobbieKeane tormented poor Toronto FC defender AshtoneMorgan 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 U.S. international striker signed with Rapid Vienna during the offseason, and the change appears to have done him good.
Here he is firing not one but two bicycle kicks just seconds apart against Roma (and fellow U.S. international and recent transferee MichaelBradley) in a preseason friendly yesterday:
Well, that was pretty gnarly. (The fact that the two attempts came so close together probably explains Boyd‘s celebration on the goal, which would have been a little excessive if it had been just the one bike in a preseason friendly and all.)
Variety was the name of the MLS goal-scoring game this week, as the golazos came in several forms.
Are you a fan of slick, one-touch passing? Check out the build-up to Toronto rookie LuisSilva’s finish against New England (that’s ReggieLambe and DannyKoevermans with the combination play there).
How about gravity-defying vertical leaps? Vancouver’s DarrenMattocks, also a rookie, has you covered with a SpudWebb–like leap to connect with JordanHarvey’s cross against Toronto earlier in the week.
Or maybe you enjoy deadly, looping, long-range accuracy? The first of DavidBeckham’s two goals against Portland showcased those qualities—and we have a feeling the goal-of-the-week voters will appreciate them. (The “bend” in “bend it like Beckham,” by the way, is as much up-and-down as it is side-to-side.)
Here are all five:
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