MLS Week 1: My 5 favorite goals

It’s time for a new weekly feature: my favorite goals from MLS. Here we go:

No. 1 This was the last goal scored in Week 1, but what a beauty by LAFC's Adama  Diomande, who leaves Graham Zusi for dust (something you are going to see often this season) and then hammers the game-winner in the 94th minute.

No. 2 I love this goal by NYCFC's Ebenezer Ofori for the combination of power and placement. The shot from 25 yards or so slips into the lower left corner.

No. 3 Speaking of excellent free kicks, watch how Orlando's Chris Mueller puts this in no man's land between the defense and the goalkeeper. Neither can react for fear of an own goal. The ball simply continues its path into goal.

No. 4 I love this goal by Saphir Taider simply because of the curve of the cross by Zakaria Diallo.

No. 5 Leonardo Bartone will go down Cincinnati history with this wonderful strike for the club's first goal in MLS.


This isn’t a great goal.

Instead, it’s the benchmark set by Haris Medunjanin for “don’t play defense like this” for every player on every team for the rest of the season.

Watch on the first goal as he lets Michael Bradley jog away from him, and then throws up his arms in exasperation when the wide open Bradley hits the tap-in.

And then watch on the second as Bradley again jogs into space with Medunjanin failing to mark him.