- Eric Hassli-Vancouver Whitecaps
- Carlos Ruiz-Philadelphia Union
- Darlington Nagbe-Portland Timbers
- Juan Agudelo-New York Red Bulls
- Graham Zusi-Sporting Kansas City
- Brek Shea-FC Dallas
- Bobby Convey-San Jose Earthquakes
The first question that comes to mind after watching these goals and is, "Does this mean that the quality of the MLS and American soccer are improving?" The answer is a resounding, "Yes."
Take another look at the list. If you have a good knowledge of MLS players, you might have figured out that 5 of the 7 players on this list are Americans.
I will admit that 2 of the best 3 goals (in my opinion) were scored by foreigners (Carlos Ruiz and Eric Hassli), but the other (Darlington Nagbe) is an American just like the others. And that leaves something to be said about the development in the United States.
Now take these goals with a grain of salt, because in all levels of soccer you will see sudden strokes of brilliance; In the Premier League, in the MLS, in the USL, and when you're kicking the ball around with your mates.
But these goals are special. They are crackers, thunder bolts, and all have the touches and finishing of the professionals of the world's game.
I think that the MLS is gathering talent both young and old, to put out a product that an increasing number of people are willing to pay to see. Whether that is through the MLS Direct Kick package, MLS Matchday, or going to see the matches live in the venues around the U.S. which just keep getting better and better.
What the rest of the world is going to have to come to terms with, is that the United States will have one of the top ten soccer leagues and will have one of the top ten national teams in the world very soon.
But I'm fine with taking the world by surprise.