We’re down to the final eight candidates for the 2019 USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year after an opening round of matchups that saw top finishes earn big shares of their respective matchups, and others narrowly advance on.
The big winners in the First Round included Louisville City FC’s Niall McCabe, who took 78 percent of the ballot in his victory, Tulsa Roughnecks FC’s Rodrigo Da Costa, who notched 74 percent in his matchup, and Austin Bold FC’s Faris Abdi, who took 76 percent to advance comfortably.
In the matchup between standout New Mexico United strikes, meanwhile, Kevaughn Frater ousted Santi Moar with 63 percent of the vote.
The matchups for the second round are now set, with the polls open until Monday, December 9 at 12 p.m. ET to determine which goals will advance to the Semifinal round.
Kevaughn Frater, New Mexico United
Rodrigo Da Costa, Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Connor Presley, Loudoun United FC
Arun Basuljevic, Fresno FC
Chandler Hoffman, Birmingham Legion FC
Tobenna Uzo, Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Niall McCabe, Louisville City FC
Faris Abdi, Austin Bold FC
March: Santi Moar, New Mexico United
April: Kevaughn Frater, New Mexico United
May: Connor Presley, Loudoun United FC
June: Chandler Hoffman, Birmingham Legion FC
July: Arun Basuljevic, Fresno FC
August: Rodrigo Da Costa, Tulsa Roughnecks FC
September: Niall McCabe, Louisville City FC
October: Tobenna Uzo, Tulsa Roughnecks FC
Playoffs: Noah Powder, Real Monarchs SLC
Wild Card: Michael Orozco, Orange County SC
Wild Card: Mads Jorgensen, Hartford Athletic
Wild Card: Thomas Enevoldsen, Sacramento Republic FC
Wild Card: Junior Sandoval, Las Vegas Lights FC
Wild Card: Adam Jahn, Phoenix Rising FC
Wild Card: Duane Muckette, Memphis 901 FC
Wild Card: Faris Abdi, Austin Bold FC
Round 1 - December 2-5
Round 2 - December 5-9
Round 3 - December 9-12
Final - December 12-16