TAMPA, Fla. – The Semifinals of the 2018 USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year competition are set after FC Cincinnati’s Kenney Walker claimed victory in “The Rebound” to join Ottawa Fury FC’s Cristian Portilla, the Swope Park Rangers’ Wan Kuzain and San Antonio FC’s Alex Bruce in the penultimate round of the competition.
Walker’s strike earned 34 percent of the Rebound vote, which was enough to narrowly edge out Phoenix Rising FC’s Jason Johnson (28 percent) and Louisville City FC’s Cameron Lancaster (20 percent) for the top spot in the nine-goal field.
After losing out to Kuzain in the Second Round, Walker will try his luck against Bruce for a spot in the Final while Kuzain takes on Portilla in the other Semifinal. Voting will continue through 12 p.m. ET on Monday, December 17.
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 Finalists
Matchup 1: Cristian Portilla vs. Wan Kuzain
Cristian Portilla (OTT) - #TORvOTT, 9/6/18: Portilla’s olimpico from a corner kick on the right was judged to perfection as it curled into the left corner of the net in Fury FC’s 4-3 victory against Toronto FC II.
Wan Kuzain (SPR) - #SPRvTUL, 8/29/18: Kuzain produced a spectacular free kick that landed him on SportsCenter’s Top 10 for the second time this year, firing a dipping shot that picked out the bottom-left corner at Children’s Mercy Park.
Matchup 2: Alex Bruce vs. Kenney Walker
Alex Bruce (SA) - #SAvOKC, 7/4/18: Bruce came off the bench and fired a spectacular curling finish from 25 yards into the top-right corner that earned his side a point against visiting Energy FC.
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.