Week 6 of Major League Soccer did not disappoint.
We gathered the top goals from the league’s best strikers as they lifted their teams to success. 19-year-old Toronto FC prospect Jayden Nelson made a strong case for himself after scoring his first ever league goal, while Jordy Alcivar managed to bag himself a famous Olimpico goal.
Here’s all you need to know about this week’s edition…
5. Yimmi Chara (vs. San Jose Earthquakes)
He’s back on the list.
Yet another week of Major League Soccer action sees Yimmi Chara thrive. After two consecutive chilena goals in the opening weeks, the Portland Timbers player opted for a right-footed shot from inside the box to find the top right corner.
4. Justin Meram (vs. Toronto FC)
Justin Meram kicked off the scoring in Real Salt Lake’s 2-2 draw with Toronto FC in truly spectacular fashion. Meram’s shot from just outside the box found the top left corner - a strike Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono was not prepared for.
3. Jordy Alcivar (vs. Atlanta United)
Alcivar delivered what few players can: an Olimpico. While the goal could have been avoided if Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan calculated the strike’s curve currently, it was a great effort by Alcivar.
After the match, the player admitted he first struggled in the league before slowly finding his way.
“In the beginning, I really struggled, it was a different rhythm, but I didn’t get down, I just kept working to get up to speed to MLS. And now I’m getting there little by little.
“I came here [to MLS] to continue learning. I came here because I knew Miguel Ángel could help me more than staying in Ecuador. I think if I just continue my path, I’m only going to get better with every match. It’s not only because of Ramírez either, it’s also due to my teammates because I don’t play by myself.”
2. Brandon Servania (vs. Colorado Rapids)
The strike no one saw coming. After a failed set piece attempt, Alan Velasco set up Brandon Servania for the stunning equalizer. His effort from just outside the box found the back of the net to send FC Dallas fans into a frenzy.
“It was a very good goal, it has been a while. It was a little rough in the first half but that goal helped shift the momentum. We adjusted and moved things around during the halftime and as you can tell in the second half we did a whole lot better. It was a massive win for us,” said the head coach of his goal.
1. Jayden Nelson (vs. Real Salt Lake)
19-year-old Jayden Nelson scored his first ever Major League Soccer goal against Real Salt Lake, and it did not disappoint. The young prospect is thriving under new head coach Bob Bradley, and his right footed shot from just outside the box is proof.
His efforts also earned praise from Bradley, revealed the player is “dynamic.”
“I only speak about what I have seen from working with Jayden this year, and I mentioned throughout pre-season that he seems to be excited about the little things that get worked on every day. We’ve seen him in a more dynamic way, making more plays on the field in terms of getting away from guys, more moments where his skill, his speed, his quickness catch your eye.”