Wow! I mean, I knew it was a great goal but I figured the Eric Hassli goal was going to be the goal of the year simply based on the circumstances surrounding it. I mean, it was a great goal against a primary rival coming from behind in the late minutes. Really, it had a lot of emotional support.
Here are the exact stats:Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers – 42 percent
Eric Hassli, Vancouver Whitecaps FC – 31 percent
Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders FC – 23 percent
Davide Chumiento, Vancouver Whitecaps FC – 4 percent
Nagbe won by a healthy margin!
I've included a video of the goal for those that don't remember. The way Nagbe catches the ball, keeps it up for two bounces and then slams it home is absolutely amazing.
So huge congratulations to Darlington Nagbe for being only the second MLS rookie in history to win goal of the year. The first being Damani Ralph in 2003.