The MLS season 2021 has come to an end, with the NYCFC raising the MLS Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
With an entire season in the books, it’s time to look back at the most impressive goals scored during the 2021 campaign in the entire league.
These are the top 10 MLS goals for 2021, from winning clutch games to deep strokes and bikes:
WHAT A GOAL! RUBIO RUBIN! ? #RSLvSJ pic.twitter.com/ZB5Cdo60DK
– Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 8, 2021
This goal was named the 2021 AT&T Goal of the Year for a reason. Rubin struck home a beautiful bicycle kick after a pass to himself from the chest in the 43rd minute against the San Jose Earthquakes. The goal was one of eight Rubin scored during his first MLS season.
90 ‘+ 5’ GOAL !!
DAMIR KREILACH SENSES #RSL TO THE AFTER SEASON! #SKCvRSL // #DecisionDay pic.twitter.com/Cns97LSmX9
– Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 8, 2021
The stakes could not have been higher for Damir Kreilach and Real Salt Lake. In the final minute of Decision Day, RSL needed to break a draw with rival Sporting KC and secure three points to advance to the off-season. Kreilach took a bike pass in front of the goal and dug it down to win a clutch victory and speed up the Western Conference Final. A truly unforgettable moment.
Are you kidding?! ?
Dairon Asprilla with a spectacular finish! pic.twitter.com/2qHuvHIGs0
– Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 28, 2021
Dairon Asprilla scored an incredible cycling goal for the Portland Timbers against the San Jose Earthquakes. After a short tussle with the defender, Asprilla finally tucked the ball home. All the defense could do was see when the ball went past the line, a really great shot.
THREE GOALS. TWO 〽️ATCHES.
HANY MUKHTAR HAS US OUT # AllaN | Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/I03Ei8jBJB
– Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) November 28, 2021
In the MLS Cup playoffs, Eric Miller of Nashville SC sent in a perfectly placed post to the well-known forward Hany Mukhtar, when the Sudanese star scored on a nod. The long-range pass was just within reach of Mukhtar, who appeared as far as he could to score with his head. While NSC lost the match, this was an undeniably memorable moment.
ANDERSON. JULY. DAGGER. #RSL takes the lead in stoppage time! pic.twitter.com/e3mGrIhK1s
– Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 30, 2021
Real Salt Lake was no stranger to match-winning goals in 2021. In September against the LA Galaxy, Anderson Julio lined up in the final minute of overtime, passing the ball high into the night sky and burying a rocket from a shot from just beyond the box. A beautiful goal in a moment of connection.
OH MY WORDS
RAUL RUIDIAZ SEES HOLDERS FROM THE LINE AND ….. ??? pic.twitter.com/J42xDEyZE4
– Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 23, 2021
Seattle’s Raul Ruidiaz was familiar with the back of the net again this season, scoring 17 goals in 2021. His deep shot against Austin FC was his most impressive of the year, hitting a volley from 40 yards out and setting up his team. up 1-0 away from home against the MLS newcomers.
JAKOB GLESNES FROM DEEEEEEP!
(via @PhilaUnion) pic.twitter.com/8NyWXNvJ6U
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 20, 2021
Philadelphia Union’s Jakob Glesnes could just as easily have taken his shot from all the way out to Sandy Springs or Alpharetta instead of Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Norwegian star knocked in this goal from far outside the box with an incredible angle, silenced a crowded house in Atlanta and made the match equal.
JOSEF MARTINEZ. WOW ??
(via @MLS) pic.twitter.com/2c5Ybf8BEE
– ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 7, 2021
One of MLS ‘brightest stars, Martinez bounced back in 2021 after an injured campaign in 2020. Martinez bounced the ball back and scored on a 360-degree shot off goal, giving his team the lead on the road and helping secure a playoff spot for Atlanta United.
Still thinking about @ JackMcGlynn7s PK …
The 18-year-old @PhilaUnion homemade did it really? @MLS pic.twitter.com/BWgeYmLpNg
– MLS NEXT (@MLSNEXT) November 29, 2021
While not the most technical goal on this list, Philadelphia Union’s youngster Jack McGlyn’s penalty kick came after the season against Nashville SC on the biggest of the stage. With a chance to advance his team in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the 18-year-old lined up and scored with the season at stake, sending the union to the next round after Nashville failed to score for the fourth time in the PKs. An incredible moment for such a young player with “ice in his veins.”
Sapong ➡️ Mukhtar ➡️ Sapong ➡️ GOAL
Good things happen when these guys link up. #AllaN #NSHvORL pic.twitter.com/iPJQkaGD5l
– Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) August 19, 2021
Nashville SC’s CJ Sapong scored a sliding goal from just inside the box after a 360-degree turn against Orlando City in August. The MLS veteran removed a pass and took it along the field to put his team in the lead 1-0. Sapong scored 12 goals in the 2021 campaign.
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