Sounder credited with MLS Goal of the Year

  • By Don Ruiz The News Tribune
  • Thursday, November 29, 2012 3:10pm
  • SportsSports

Sounders FC defender Patrick Ianni scored one goal this season, and it turned out to be the best in Major League Soccer.

Ianni tied the June 20 home match against Sporting Kansas City by volleying in a Mauro Rosales cross with leaping right-footed scissors kick from 11 yards out. After the game, he called it the best goal he had ever scored in practice, in a game or since he was born.

On Thursday, it was honored as MLS Goal of the Year, drawing 33.1 percent of fan voting among four finalists. (Video of the goal is available at blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer.)

“It makes me laugh every time I see it because I don’t think of myself as someone that would try something so audacious,” Ianni said through a Sounders press release. “… Chances are nine out of 10 of those you probably miss and look like a total goat, and I don’t know what made me try to do it. I guess it just boils down to being competitive and trying to win the game.”

A goal by Portland’s Darlington Nagbe finished second in the online/text voting. Third place went to Sounders forward Fredy Montero for a long-distance running goal against Los Angeles on May 2.

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando was credited with the save of the year, a left-handed, quick-reaction swat against Kansas City.

MLS also handed out its most prestigious postseason award Thursday, naming San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski the league’s most valuable player. Wondolowski tied the league record with 27 goals during the regular season, and he won 97 percent of the media vote, 91 percent of the vote from MLS clubs, and 71 percent of the vote from players.

Thierry Henry of New York was the runner-up, followed by Graham Zusi of Kansas City and Brad Davis of Houston.

More in Sports

High school football at a crossroads

Local high school football participation numbers are following a downward trend.

Patterson: Much changed for Seahawks in bye week

Normally a quiet time for teams, the Seahawks bye week was very eventful.

Seahawks O-line will have new look, again, vs. Giants

Joeckel’s knee surgery means Seattle will use its 3rd different O-line combination in the past 6 games.

No. 15 Washington State blanks Colorado 28-0

Luke Falk throws three touchdowns as the Cougars rebound from a loss by routing the Buffaloes.

Astros beat Yankees 4-0 in Game 7, reach World Series

Houston becomes first franchise to win pennants in both leagues.

Silvertips set for first game with rival Thunderbirds

Everett is looking to snap a three-game losing streak in a meeting with Seattle on Sunday at home.

Everett runs over Meadowdale, clinches playoff berth

The Seagulls rushed for 462 yards as they grabbed their first district playoff spot since 2010.

Friday’s prep football results

Conference championship races are tightening up. (VIDEO)

Oak Harbor beats Arlington 13-7 in 3OT slugfest

The Wildcats clinch a Wesco 3A North playoff berth with the hard-fought, triple-overtime victory.

Most Read