SK Amaze: Seattle Sounder's Alvaro Fernandez finishes a Barca-esque move
(the goal is from 0:35 in the above video put by the Seattle Sounders. Yeah, I would put up videos too if my team was scoring goals like this!)
When we talk about Golazos (really, really good goals), we tend to focus on the solo efforts – mazy dribbles through an entire mob of opponents, outrageous lobs from unexpected areas, bicycle kicks or the more primal belters from outside the area.
But there’s something special about watching a good team goal. Something about watching teammates pick each other out with speed and precision just appeals to our aesthetic senses.
Today we turn to the American MLS where Seattle Sounders pulled a move right out of the La Masia (or Arsene Wenger, if you are so inclined) playbook.
Álvaro Fernández got the finishing touch – and titles the world over will carry his name, but this goal belongs to the entire team. It all starts off on the left wing with Jones and Alonso exchanging passes Friberg switches play with a crossfield ball to Mears.
The right back passes it forward, and that is when the move gathers speed. Cristian Roldan runs on to the ball and produces a brilliant backheel to put Mears on his way.He then puts in a teasing ball into the box, which is met by a sumptuous backheel from Jordan Morris. Fernandez is on hand to tap the ball in.
The beauty of the goal lies in the evident – the two backheels were utterly awesome – and the more subtle – the switch from slow passing to final killer pass is so swift that Salt Lake have no clue what has hit them. And all this happened within the opening three minutes of the game!!
Here’s another video from the Sounders, which shows the goal in multiple angles -
Sounders would go on to win the game 2-1 and make it into the playoffs. For the uninitiated, the MLS still plays football, or soccer – as they call it, in the American way. Eastern and Western Conferences play amongst themselves, before the top-ranked teams in each conference play each other in the... erm... playoffs.
Seattle Sounders play in the West, and if this goal is any indication, they will go a long way in the playoffs!