65 responses

  1. Shane
    December 30, 2011

    Who is # 17 in the picture?

  2. Huey
    December 30, 2011

    Some great choices.

    For me, I was just a few rows up from Dempsey’s goal against Panama when Adu placed that phenomenal pass. Watching that happen before my eyes at my first USMNT game is my greatest soccer moment.

  3. Brian
    December 30, 2011

    I would have put Clint’s goal against Honduras in the top 5

  4. Jack Napier
    December 30, 2011

    Who is the bald white guy on the sidelines?

  5. Brian
    December 30, 2011
  6. SoccerInATL
    December 30, 2011

    Maybe this year should of been top five goals against . That dos Santos goal in the gc final still haunts my dreams

  7. Siberian
    December 30, 2011

    I agree with the goals, but 2011 wasn’t the best year for the USMNT. Here’s to a better 2012!

  8. MC Pharaoh
    December 30, 2011

    God I miss Patrick Stewart..

  9. Soft Erections
    December 30, 2011

    Jozy’s rip is still amazing to watch. Hate watching that Donovan goal, what could’ve been… F Mexico

  10. Tyler
    December 30, 2011

    I actually preferred Bradley’s goal vs. Mexico (link to youtu.be) in the Gold Cup final to Donovan’s. Maybe it’s because the Donovan goal lead to our AO bar doing a premature Dues-a-cero chant with the 2-0 lead, and allowed the small Mexican contingent to mock us later with venom.

  11. EJ
    December 30, 2011

    My number 1 was your number 4. Obviously the actual goal was just a tap in, so maybe that hurt it and put it down your list. But for one moment, having the potential of what Adu-Donovan-Dempsey could mean to the team as a creating, attacking trio, come to reality. It was a joy to watch.

  12. Andy in Atlanta
    December 30, 2011

    The best USMNT coach we have ever had…

  13. jon
    December 30, 2011

    the moral of the story is that we are better when lando and clint are on the field together.

  14. Andy
    December 30, 2011

    I was there for the Adu set up goal in Houston vs. Panama. What a great atmosphere! Who’d of thought that there were soccer fans in Texas? Not the USSF based off of friendlies/qualifiers. You’d almost think L.A. is the only city in the U.S.

  15. Steve C
    December 30, 2011

    Did anyone else watch the vids with the snowflakes falling? =D

  16. Villain-from-Texas
    December 30, 2011

    I’m surprised that there were actually 5 goals to choose from.

  17. Kevin_Amold
    December 30, 2011

    As always, the definition of “top” or “best” goal varies. To me, the top goal taking into account the competition and the importance, etc is Donovan’s Mexico goal.

    The best pure goal for me in terms of difficulty of the goal is Edson Buddle’s.

  18. Elite Hunting
    December 30, 2011

    It is Juan Agudelo last January against Chile.

  19. kwhatever
    December 30, 2011

    Some great goals, I just wish there were more US goals to choose from!

  20. ChrisTheLSUTiger
    December 30, 2011

    Try actually being at the game… that was brutal.

  21. Mig22
    December 30, 2011

    agreed

  22. Mig22
    December 30, 2011

    agreed

  23. Ski Fast!
    December 30, 2011

    We scored 5 goals?

  24. EvertonBrian
    December 30, 2011

    The goal against Mexico (#2 on the list) is stunning. I mean, sheer class goal. Watch it from about 3 feet from your monitor with the audio down- tough to believe it’s the U.S.

    The one-touch passing, the movement off the ball, the creativity…

    Should be #1.

  25. Ski Fast!
    December 30, 2011

    What makes that Donovan goal pretty to watch was the international-level build up play. A string of quick, one-two touch passing and off-the-ball movement opened up the Mexican defense. We can play that in bits and spurts, we just need to be more confident and play that way more consistently.

  26. Ski Fast!
    December 30, 2011

    I didn’t even read your reply before I posted mine below. Looks like we’re thinking the same exact thing.

  27. Grant
    December 30, 2011

    Agree/Like/+1

  28. Grant
    December 30, 2011

    Have to agree fellas! Great build up play and the passing and movement is beautiful. Goals 1 vs 2 will be debatable but I always prefer the team goal over the wonder strike.

  29. Dylan
    December 30, 2011

    Great goals indeed, watching Donovan score that goal and go up 2-0 was one of the best feelings ever. It was my first Nats game seeing live and by far the best sporting experience of my life regardless of the loss.

  30. EvertonBrian
    December 30, 2011

    Haha, that’s awesome! We’re on the same page, for sure…

  31. Fifawitz1313
    December 30, 2011

    Agreed.

  32. Todd
    December 30, 2011

    wow. this is the most pathetic looking set of top 5 goals i’ve ever seen. all 4 but jozy’s are pedestrian finishes that demonstrate how much time and space we americans need in order to score goals.

    sigh.

    (SBI-Todd, the quality in the other goals is in the passing build-ups. Quality of goals isn’t based solely on the actual shot on goal.)

  33. John
    December 30, 2011

    troll

  34. Francois
    December 30, 2011

    Yeah, I was on the verge of tears. Has to be in my top 5 of angriest/sadest moments in my life.

  35. Dakota Sillyman
    December 30, 2011

    Actually it’s Jozy.

  36. KEV
    December 30, 2011

    I second John. Time and space? Listen, I realize we do not have any Messi’s on the team that just need an inch of space.

    Creating time and space in soccer = goals!

    Ok with critics that pop up here but not haters.

    Ugh, first of all, re-watching the Donovan goal vs. Mexico makes me ill. Watching that lead slip was dreadful.

    Secondly, Adu: what a ball to Donovan. great combination there. I hope he continues to do well and become a more consistent weapon for us -keeping his confidence up and being there for all CONCACAF qualifying – olympics and WC. Would be awesome coming off the bench for the “A” team. Jury’s out on whether he can be dangerous vs. anyone beyond minnows. (although had a great showing vs. Mex)

  37. Amru
    December 30, 2011

    It’s obvious you can’t appreciate the subtle nuances of soccer. That Donovan goal against mexico was pure class, the quick ball movement, the runs off the ball. Hard to believe it was the US to be honest lol

  38. Four Cents
    December 30, 2011

    Landycakes is still and forever will be the thorn in Mexico’s side.. Lets see what 2012 brings- besides the end of the world?

  39. john
    December 30, 2011

    US vs. Mexico is the best rivalry in the world outside of Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. Sometimes in games like Man U vs. Man City it seems like alot of the players are there just to pick up a pay check. Let the hating begin i dont care.

  40. john
    December 30, 2011

    Feel free to name rivalries you think are better

  41. Elite Hunting
    December 30, 2011

    It is Juan Agudelo. Watch the video from the game on January 22, 2011. Juan draws the penalty that Teal Bunbury converts.

    link to youtube.com

  42. Dillon
    December 30, 2011

    Should be be number 2 in my estimation.

  43. KEV
    December 30, 2011

    Biased but I absolutely agree with you.

    Two other rivalries that have to be up there is Brazil vs. Argentina?

    Celtic vs. Rangers? (religion plays into this – goes beyond sports!)

  44. A Facebook User
    December 30, 2011

    No that picture is of Jozy after he scored against Guadeloupe, if you clearly watch your video and look at the picture it two completey different players. Plus Agudelo isn’t black….

  45. A Facebook User
    December 30, 2011

    I wanna know where is Robbie Rodgers goal against Mexico? I think the build-up to that is better than most of these goals

  46. Dinho
    December 30, 2011

    River v Boca, Brazil v Argentina, Liverpool v Everton, Roma v Lazio…

  47. Dinho
    December 30, 2011

    Celtic v Rangers

  48. Dinho
    December 30, 2011

    See above.

  49. Elite Hunting
    December 30, 2011

    It is most definitely NOT from the game against Guadeloupe. That game was at Livestrong Park in Kansas City and NOT the Home Depot Center where this picture is obviously from. Trust me when I tell you that it is Juan Agudelo from January 22, 2011.

  50. RoryD
    December 30, 2011

    That is absolutely not Juan Agudelo. It is 100% Jozy. Have you seen a US match in the last year?

  51. Chris
    December 30, 2011

    If you are talking about this picture then it is definitely Jozy:

    link to soccerbyives.net

  52. Thomas
    December 30, 2011

    Elie…I sincerely hope you’re not talking about the picture at the top of this post. If you think that is Agudelo you have started your NYE celebration a day early my friend…

  53. Thomas
    December 30, 2011

    Agreed, I’d be okay with this at #2…definately could have knocked out Dempsey’s other goals on the list.

    Depends if this list is best, pure goals. If it is this is better than most.

  54. Thomas
    December 30, 2011

    That was a pretty sick header. Kind of nice that none of the goals were on set pieces tho…when’s the last time that happened?!?!

  55. jlm
    December 30, 2011

    just because there is a home depot sign doesn’t mean it was at the hdc

  56. hogatroge
    December 30, 2011

    Unless this picture–http://imgur.com/3MI3U–is photoshopped, which it’s not, that’s definitely not Agudelo.

  57. nic d the “tx 2 stepper”
    December 30, 2011

    “best pure goal for me … is Edson Buddle’s.”

    A G R E E D

  58. hogatroge
    December 30, 2011

    I was so far up in the balcony at Reliant that the players looked like ants and the ball looked like a neutrino.

    That said, it was a great goal.

  59. hogatroge
    December 30, 2011

    They can sell tickets for a higher price in LA and Mexico fans will make sure the games sell out.

  60. Kasey
    December 30, 2011

    To me it’s either Buddle or Jozys 20 yard bomb.. we need more instinct like that.. Have One!!!!

  61. A Facebook User
    December 30, 2011

    Yea I’m pretty sure that I can spot the home depot add in the video right before Jozy scores. FYI Home Depot is a major sponsor of MLS, hence why there is an add for it at Live Strong Park. Plus as a New York Fan I can tell the difference between Jozy and Juan

  62. Fred
    December 31, 2011

    Ummmm, racist much? That’s definitely Josmere. “They” don’t all look the same.

  63. Powderhorn Pops
    December 31, 2011

    Yup… +1

  64. abc
    January 1, 2012

    +1

  65. TADevil
    January 3, 2012

    My favorite moment in those goals is #4 when Dempsey keeps pointing to Donovan to make sure his pass was recognized.

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