TAMPA, Fla. – Three goals have advanced to the Semifinals of the 2018 USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year competition, with Ottawa Fury FC’s Cristian Portilla, the Swope Park Rangers’ Wan Kuzain and San Antonio FC’s Alex Bruce all winning their matchups over the past week to book their places in the next round.
Before voting begins to determine which two tallies will advance to the Final, though, it’s time for “The Rebound” as the nine previously eliminated goals get their opportunity to keep their chances alive of claiming the title.
Those nine goals will need your votes over the next two days to earn the final place in the Semifinals. Among those are Rio Grande Valley FC’s Jesus Enriquez, FC Cincinnati’s Kenney Walker and Phoenix Rising FC’s Jason Johnson, all of which lost out in their Second Round-matchups.
Voting will continue through 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 12.
2018 Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year Voting Schedule
First Round: 11/26-12/3
Second Round: 12/3-12/10
The Rebound: 12/10-12/12
USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year “Rebound” Candidates
Matthew Harding (SAC) - #SACvLV, 10/13/18: Harding got behind the Las Vegas defense and fired a right-footed shot past Lights FC goalkeeper Thomas Olsen to become the club’s youngest ever goalscorer after the 15-year-old signed a one-game contract through the help of Make-A-Wish and UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
Jorge Herrera (CLT) - #CLTvNC, 10/13/18: Herrera went for the spectacular and connected sweetly with a stunning, left-footed bicycle kick that found the left corner of the net and landed at the No. 3 spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Cameron Lancaster (LOU) - #LOUvIND, 10/20/18: The 2018 USL Golden Boot-winner notched a spectacular finish from a free kick that provided the cherry on top in Louisville’s 4-1 victory against Indy Eleven in the USL Cup Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Franck Tayou (FRS) - #FRSvSAC, 6/30/18: Tayou introduced himself to Foxes fans with a memorable first goal for the club as he blasted home a finish from 70 yards against Highway 99 Derby rival Sacramento Republic FC.
Samuel Ochoa (LV) - #LVvPHX, 10/10/18: Ochoa converted Alex Mendoza’s cross with an acrobatic overhead kick from the center of the penalty area to round out the scoring in his side’s 5-2 home win over Phoenix Rising FC.
Lagos Kunga (ATL) #CLTvATL, 3/31/18: Kunga’s first professional goal saw the former U.S. U20 international weave down the goal line past two defenders before producing a tight-angle finish at the near post.
Jesus Enriquez (RGV) - #FRSvRGV, 5/9/18: Enriquez produced a dazzling finish from the top-left corner of the penalty area that gave the goalkeeper little chance as it curled into the top-right corner of the net as the Toros earned 2-2 draw in Fresno.
Kenney Walker (CIN) - #CINvOTT, 4/28/18: Walker unleashed a remarkable volley from 50 yards out that flew into the right corner of the net, earning the FCC midfielder top spot in ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 that night.
Jason Johnson (PHX) - #PHXvTUL, 6/16/18: Johnson landed at No. 2 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 for an incredible scissor-kick finish from 15 yards that found the top-left corner of the net to leave fans and teammates stunned.