A painfully tough call this week. (We almost had a food fight at the ProSoccerTalk luncheon buffet over it. But since it’s a virtual luncheon buffet, we could not figure out how to make it work, and then just moved on …)
Juninho really is playing well for the Galaxy, and his two goals led the way in a comfortable 4-2 win over Toronto. Check the box on “quality” there.
Chris Wondolowski’s pair helped his team avoid the loss as San Jose drew with Portland in mid-week. Then, Wondolowski scored early as San Jose pretty much sealed the deal on the Western Conference crown, which can no longer be in doubt.
So, check the box on “quality” and “significance” on his good work over Round 29.
But then we get to Chicago’s Chris Rolfe.
Both of his goals in a 2-1 win over Columbus were skillful and assured, hit toward goal without any semblance of hesitation, the work of a supremely confident attacker.
They were clearly important goals, the only two for Chicago in a home win that keeps pressure on Sporting Kansas City for Eastern Conference supremacy.
Finally, that second strike was something special, one that only the most audacious minds would even think to direct at goal. (And then executed with such skill that Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, among the league’s best this year, never had one iota of a chance.)
Said Chicago Fire manager Frank Klopas: “That second one was just amazing, turning and putting it up. It was just world class.”
So, check the box on “quality”, on “significance” and also on “something special.”
Here’s that second goal: