There was a lot of action in MLS Week 20, and as always there were a lot of incredible goals scored throughout the country.
Only 10 of them, however, clinched a spot in our weekly ranking. The one at the top of our list can easily be one of the best of the season!
10. Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact: Chris Pontius (PHI, 72')
Chris Pontius has been one of the best players for Philadelphia Union this season, and he evidenced it again this past weekend against the Montreal Impact. Even though Philly was outplayed and lost 1-5, Pontius left his mark with a beautiful header from close range that found the back of the net over the keeper.
9. Los Angeles Galaxy vs Portland Timbers: Zarek Valentin (POR, 41')
The Portland Timbers lost against Los Angeles Galaxy, but their only goal was so good that it managed to find its way into the weekly ranking. Following a very good play from star midfielder Darlington Nagbe, Zarek Valentin came from behind to place a fierce right-footed shot that left the keeper unable to react. Portland still lost, but at least they sneaked into our list. That has to count for something, right?
8. Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact: Didier Drogba (MTL, 19')
Didier Drogba was one of the best players this past weekend after scoring an impressive hat-trick against the Philadelphia Union. Even though his third strike was pretty good since he evidenced his finishing qualities remain intact, his best goal was the first one. The Ivorian striker tapped home an impressive passing sequence between three teammates on the left side of the box.
7. Real Salt Lake vs San Jose Earthquakes: Luke Mulholland (RSL, 64')
Real Salt Lake must be one of the most talented teams when it comes to its attacking options, as they feature several interesting players such as Joao Plata, Juan Manuel Martinez and Yura Movsisyan. Luke Mulholland isn't a household name by any means, but he's still a very talented player. He made his presence felt with a very good goal against the San Jose Earthquakes, sending a volley past the keeper after a lobbed pass from Martinez.
6. Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders: Jacob Peterson (SKC, 45+2')
Jacob Peterson was one of the best players for Sporting Kansas City in their sounding (no pun intended!) win over Seattle 3-0. After a good passing sequence on the right side of the pitch, Peterson caught a pass on the edge of the box and placed a curling effort past Stefan Frei that sneaked into the top corner. He made it look so easy!
5. Toronto FC vs DC United: Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, 21')
Sebastian Giovinco was the best player in MLS over the past weekend, and it wasn't even close. The Italian striker scored a hat-trick in Toronto FC's 4-1 win over DC United, and his two first goals were particularly impressive. The first one was a spectacular free kick that found the back of the net after going above the wall. What's even better is that it wasn't Giovinco's best goal in that afternoon.
4. Philadelphia Union vs Montreal Impact: Ignacio Piatti (MTL, 87')
Even though Drogba scored a hat-trick for Montreal this past weekend, Ignacio Piatti's impressive effort can't be ignored. The Argentinian playmaker contributed with the team's fourth goal in typical fashion: he caught a pass from the left, controlled the ball and placed a strong shot past the keeper with ease.
3. Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas: Victor Ulloa (DAL, 82')
FC Dallas had lots of problems in their Saturday match against the Colorado Rapids, as they were down 0-1 in the final minutes of the game. Victor Ulloa, however, came up big for Oscar Pareja's side. The central midfielder came off the bench and scored one of the best goals of the year with a long-range shot that was impossible for Tim Howard to stop.
2. Toronto FC vs DC United: Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, 39')
As we said earlier, Giovinco's first free-kick wasn't his best goal. The Atomic Ant's best goal was his second strike, an absolutely magnificent shot that made everyone remind of Andrea Pirlo or Lionel Messi. Giovinco scored with a beautiful shot from the right side of the box that sneaked into the top corner and past the keeper.
1. New York Red Bulls vs New York City: Thomas McNamara (NYC, 43')
Even though several players had enough arguments to clinch the top spot in the rankings on any given week, no goal this week top Thomas McNamara's strike against the New York Red Bulls. New York City FC fell 1-4 against their bitter rivals, but the winger provided one of the best moments of the match with a 30-yard-bomb that sneaked into an impossible angle for Luis Robles. Without a doubt, McNamara scored the best goal of the week, and probably one of the best in the entire season!