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Kuzain Claims Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year

By Staff, 12/21/18, 3:00PM EST


Standout free kick, which landed on ESPN’s SC Top 10, earned victory for ‘Malaysian Messi’

The Swope Park Rangers’ Wan Kuzain capped his impressive season on Friday by earning the 2018 USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year, as his spectacular free kick against Tulsa Roughnecks FC thoroughly defeated San Antonio FC’s Alex Bruce in the final.

Kuzain’s goal earned 66 percent of the vote conducted on over the past week and added to the accolades earned this year by the 20-year-old dubbed “the Malaysian Messi.”

The No. 3 selection in the 2018 USL Championship 20 Under 20, Kuzain’s effort against the Roughnecks was one of two outstanding free kicks that landed on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 this year, while his overall performance helped ensure the Rangers reached the USL Cup Playoffs for a third consecutive season.

2018 Fans’ Choice Goal of the Year Voting

First Round Results
Jesús Enríquez (72%) def. Matthew Harding (28%)
Cristian Portilla (63%) def. Jorge Herrera (37%)
Wan Kuzain (53%) def. Cameron Lancaster (47%)
Kenney Walker (66%) def. Franck Tayou (34%)
Jason Johnson (59%) def. Sammy Ochoa (41%)
Alex Bruce (66%) def. Lagos Kunga (34%)

Second Round Results
Cristian Portilla (57%) def. Jesús Enríquez (43%)
Wan Kuzain (52%) def. Kenney Walker (48%)
Alex Bruce (57%) def. Jason Johnson (43%)

The Rebound Results
Kenney Walker (34%)
Jason Johnson (28%)
Cameron Lancaster (20%)
Jorge Herrera (8%)
Matthew Harding (4%)
Jesús Enríquez (3%)
Sammy Ochoa (2%)
Franck Tayou (1%)
Lagos Kunga (1%)

Semifinal Results
Wan Kuzain (71%) def. Cristian Portilla (29%)
Alex Bruce (55%) def. Kenney Walker (45%)

Final Result
Wan Kuzain (66%) def. Alex Bruce (34%)

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