In a year that saw Chris Wondolowski score 27 goals and Kenny Cooper net 18, the strike of the season came from a defender.
Seattle Sounders defender Patrick Ianni won the Goal of the Year award for his stunning volley in the 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on June 20, MLS announced on Thursday. Ianni was on the receiving end of a Mauro Rosale free kick and he hit an acrobatic volley past goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen that pulled the Sounders level.
The other award winner revealed on Thursday was Nick Rimando, who claimed the Save of the Year award. Rimando won the award for his one-handed stop that denied Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara from close range in RSL’s 1-0 loss on April 14.
You can see Ianni’s goal and Rimando’s save after the jump:
What do you think of Ianni’s strike winning Goal of the Year? Agree that Rimando’s save was the best of the season? Which other goals/saves from the year stick out in your mind?
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