The best teams in the U.S. returned to league action this week and MLS didn't disappoint. As always, there were some incredible results, some spectacular plays and several goals; some of them best than others. Here are the top 10 goals in MLS over the past weekend, including an absolute beauty at the top of our rankings.
10. Vancouver Whitecaps vs New England Revolution: London Woodberry (NE, 31')
Woodberry deserves a lot of the credit for the header, but Lee Nguyen has to be mentioned, too. The creative playmaker was an absolute star for The Revs in this game, and he assisted in this goal with an accurate free kick that landed straight on Woodberry's head. It was the first goal for New England, and they finished this game with a huge win against the Whitecaps on the road.
9. Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers: Fanendo Adi (POR, 29')
There's been a lot of talk about a possible departure of Fanendo Adi from MLS since there are several European clubs trying to acquire him, and even though his future is unknown, if he ends up leaving he will leave a great memory among Portland's fans. He made his presence felt against Real Salt Lake, showing off his insane speed to capitalize a goal, placing the bell between the legs of Nick Rimando.
8. Colorado Rapids vs Chicago Fire: Joey Calistri (CHI, 81')
The Chicago Fire players aren't known for their attacking talent, but they managed to produce a combination that was decent enough to find a spot in our weekly top 10. After a long pass into the right side of the box and following an aerial assist, Joey Calistri controlled the ball and placed the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net. Unfortunately for Chicago, it wouldn't be enough as Colorado secured the three points with a goal nearing the end of the match.
7. Toronto FC vs Los Angeles Galaxy: Drew Moor (TOR, 76')
A string of short passes in midfield created enough space for Toronto FC, and that allowed Benoit Cheyrou to place a long ball into the box. The ball was flicked on, and when it appeared nothing was going to come out of this attack, central defender Drew Moor thought otherwise and found the back of the net with a great diving header past the keeper who threw himself in the opposite direction. A great play from the Canadian side that also gave them three much-needed points in the standings.
6. Vancouver Whitecaps vs New England Revolution: Kelyn Rowe (NE, 55')
Kelyn Rowe is one of the most underrated players on the Revs' roster, and he made his presence felt once again with a great goal. After a good run on the left side, the ball was crossed into the middle when Rowe, without thinking too much about it, unleashed a fierce strike that found its way into the bottom left corner of the goal. Marvelous goal from the midfielder.
5. New York Red Bulls vs Seattle Sounders: Mike Grella (NYRB, 59')
The New York Red Bulls haven't missed a beat since the two-week break, and they continued their strong play with a solid 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders. Mike Grella scored both goals, but the highlight of the game was his second strike, as the midfielder ran forward after intercepting a pass and chipped the ball over the keeper to find the back of the net. An excellent goal from an excellent player.
4. Orlando City SC vs San Jose Earthquakes: Julio Baptista (ORL, 90')
Incredible volley from the Brazilian attacker who used to play for Real Madrid back in the day. After a cross from the left side of the pitch, The Beast controlled the ball, adjusted his body and blasted a shot that found the top corner of the goal despite the opposing keeper's effort. Unfortunately for Orlando City SC, they would concede an equalizer a few minutes later, so the team couldn't get the three points, but at least they got the fourth spot in our weekly rankings. That has to count for something, right?
3. New York City FC vs Philadelphia Union: David Villa (NYCFC, 21')
New York City FC seemed to leave his poor performance asides with an impressive 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union, and the Big Apple team was led - once again - by David Villa, who scored an impressive strike during the first half. Most of the merit goes to Jack Harrison, as the first pick in the last SuperDraft left three man behind and later assisted Villa with a beautiful backheel. The Spaniard, then, simply placed the ball past the keeper with ease.
2. Vancouver Whitecaps vs New England Revolution: Nicolás Mezquida (VAN, 41')
What a game between New England and Vancouver, as all three goals were included in our rankings. The best one, however, was the strike netted by Uruguayan midfielder Nicolás Mezquida. Mezquida found the opportunity to score on a direct free kick from around 25 yards and he made the most of it, placing the ball over the wall and out of the keeper's reach. A great way to open his account, as it was Mezquida's first goal of the season.
1. New York City FC vs Philadelphia Union: Andrea Pirlo (NYCFC, 50')
The best goal this week, however, was one soccer fans have probably seen before: Andrea Pirlo scoring on a direct free kick. The Italian playmaker scored from 20-yards out, but the most impressive part of the free kick was just how easy he makes it look. His placement of the ball was perfect, and he left Blake without a chance to react. It was NYCFC's third goal of the game, and the first one in our weekly ranking.