1
Jun

Jermaine Defoe is still killing it for Toronto FC

Even if you’ve only paid marginal attention to Major League Soccer this season, you’ve probably heard of Jermaine Defoe’s stellar first campaign in Toronto.

Since his high-profile switch from Tottenham Hotspur, Defoe has lit up the league with six goals in seven starts, his last two coming in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Columbus. To bag his brace, Defoe provisionally tied the score at 2-2 with this magnificent left-footed screamer:

Who needs a first touch when you can just volley it?

31
May

Marco Pappa scores free kick golazo in Sounders win

imageHe loves it when you call him Big Pappa. (Image: USA Today)

Looks like we’ve found our goal of the weekend, folks.

It comes courtesy of Seattle Sounders midfielder Marco Pappa and in the form of a delicious free kick special. Watch how Pappa’s left-footed curler dips over the wall and leaves Real Salt Lake keeper Jeff Attinella with no chance:

Mmmmm, mmmm good!

Pappa’s goal briefly made it 2-0 for the Sounders, who went on to win 4-0 and bumped their lead atop the Western Conference to five points over second-placed RSL.

25
May

GIF: Rotherham scores belting equalizer in dramatic playoff final

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Promotion to the Championship was on the line for League One clubs Rotherham and Leyton Orient on Sunday, and the high stakes evidently brought out the best of Rotherham’s Alex Revell.

With Leyton holding a 2-0 lead early in the second half, the striker notched two goals in five minutes to get Rotherham level. His second was an absolute firecracker:

GIF via @bubbaprog

The only thing better than that sweet strike? His manager’s priceless reaction:

Steve Evans is probably still running and fist-pumping somewhere.

Revell’s brace sent the playoff final into extra time, and after thirty more minutes of drama, Rotherham won 4-3 in penalties to clinch back-to-back promotions and return to England’s second division for the first time since the 2004/05 season.

19
May

River Plate veteran’s first goal for the club is a golazo

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It’s the final day of your club’s league and you need a win to clinch the title. There’s no better time to score your first goal, is there?

Not many players find themselves in that situation, but 35-year-old River Plate veteran Cristian Ledesma did on Sunday. Now, it wasn’t the only goal scored in the match – River beat Quilmes 5-0 to snag the title – but it was certainly the most impressive. In his third stint with the club (first signed in 1999), Ledesma finally broke through with this rocket from distance.

It may be the midfielder’s first (and possibly only) goal he scores for River, but it’s certainly one he won’t forget.

Especially since he got to cap the night off like this:

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(H/T 101GG)

10
May

Preston’s Joe Garner scores unbelievable goal in playoff game

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Can it still be a “goal of the season” if it’s technically scored in the postseason?

It better, because Preston North End’s Joe Garner just unleashed one in the League One promotion playoffs!

With Preston down 1-0 to Rotherham in the first leg of their playoff tie, Garner produced a series of three exquisite touches that resulted in THIS:

Wait, here’s another angle. My goodness!

H/T 101GG

29
Apr

Sergio Ramos behind-the-goal strike inspires brace against Bayern

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Sergio Ramos is a defender by trade, but that doesn’t mean he can’t create the occasional stroke of magic on offense. So, to warm up for Real Madrid’s clash against Bayern Munich, Ramos dug deep into his bag of tricks for a crazy goal scored from behind the goal line. 

 This is pretty, pretty good:

And it seems as though this trickery inspired Ramos in Tuesday’s match. He scored not once…

…but twice to lead Real to their first final since 2002.

20
Apr

Too easy! Berbatov’s dream lob sends Monaco into Champions League

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Dimitar Berbatov wants you to know he’s still the smoothest striker in the game.

On Sunday, the former Fulham and Man United man produced one of the most effortless goals humanly possible to give Monaco a 1-0 win over Nice, which clinched them a spot in next year’s Champions League.

No big deal.

15
Apr

Man City’s Emyr Huws strikes stunning long-distance goal for Birmingham

Man City’s Emyr Huws was taking a corner kick for his loan club Birmingham City when the ball was headed back out to him far up the sideline.

After getting away from one Middlesbrough defender, Huws had all the time in the world to figure out his next move.

With nobody else in any hurry to close him down, Huws could:

A) Send it back into the mixer, hoping a teammate could meet his cross for a header
B) Safely pass it to a teammate
C) Unleash a speculative effort from a good 30+ yards out.

Huws went with Option C.

8
Apr

Fourth division player scores Diego Maradona-esque solo goal

You probably haven’t heard of Quique Cubas, but you don’t need to know him to appreciate this amazing goal.

Cubas, a player for regional side Arosa S.C., made five opponents (including the goalkeeper) look absolutely silly en route to one of the best solo efforts since Diego Maradona’s spectacular goal versus England in the 1986 World Cup.

H/T 101GG