Monday, December 31, 2007

US: Best goal of 2007

In a year that started off with Landon Donovan scoring a penalty against Denmark and culminated with Steve Cherundolo scoring at South Africa, the United States national team scored quite a few goals in 2007. There were 29 goals scored in between Donovan's PK and Cherundolo's match winner.

Of all the 31 goals the US scored this year, though, some stood out from the rest. While Donovan's scoring run during the Gold Cup was historic, it wasn't exactly stirring. After all, PKs are PKs, whether they are emotional or not.

Really, there were a few goals that stood out. Donovan's breakaway to put the nail in the coffin in the United States' 2-0 win against Mexico in Arizona in February was memorable. So was his strike against Ecuador in March... the third goal. Goals 1 and 2 were nice but 3 was a beauty.

But easily the best goal of the year for the U.S. was Benny Feilhaber's goal against Mexico on June 24. Feilhaber's volley wasn't just a wonderfully executed strike, it was an emotional match winner in the best rivalry this region has to offer. And it came in the confederation championship. When you think of it in those terms, it's one of the top goals the U.S. has scored in the last 10 years.

Anyway, here's the goal for you to re-live.

3 comments: said...

I agree. That was an AWESOME goal. Reminds me of the Mathis rocket shot at halftime in the 5-4 NYRB vs Galaxy. Hopefully, Mathis will help out LAGs now. Any news about him signing with us and for what price?

A.C. said...

When I watch this clip, I'm impressed with Hugo Sanchez wearing that pink shirt. That takes, well, it takes something. I mean, everyone knows from Tiger Woods that red is the power color to wear for victory, and besides, it's bad form to wear any color that's not in your country's flag on game day.

Joamiq said...

Not just the pink shirt, but also apparently no antiperspirant... a bold move.