Let's take a minute to relax, okay?
I know we should be talking about the Vancouver Whitecaps playoff hopes, perhaps break down and analyze the way they drew with Portland in a do or die moment. We should be talking about Kenny Miller's injury, or Martin Rennie's lineup decision I know, but, holy shit, that goal.
A thing of beauty. With the Whitecaps needing, at the very least a draw with their Cascadia rivals, Camilo came through in a big way, scoring a scissor kick goal that brought BC Place to it's feet, and perhaps instilled some confidence into the middling group. It's a sure lock to be at the very least a nominee for goal of the week, it's easily the best goal the Whitecaps have scored all season long, but is it the best goal in Whitecaps history? Of course, I'm referencing MLS history here, so we're only talking about two and a half seasons of goal scoring.Former 'Cap Eric Hassli used to have bragging rights for the best goal. Remember that ridiculous goal against the Sounders in 2011?
That was pretty sick. It was even nominated for Goal of the Year (and should have won!) at the ESPYS in 2011. Then, one year later, Eric the Red would deliver another outstanding goal in crunch time.
That goal was more about circumstance than style. Hassli was in a pretty bad goal drought, the 'Caps were desperate for a win, and the San Jose Earthquake were considered one of the best teams in MLS. For a whippersnapper 'Caps team to steal a win like that, it was a beautiful moment enjoyed by everyone.
Finally, we can't forget Darren Mattocks, who took the city of Vancouver by storm last year. While this campaign hasn't panned out exactly as planned for the young Jamaican, we can't forget his heroics from last season, including this superhuman leap versus Toronto FC.
So, in your eyes Whitecaps fans, was Camilo's scissor kick goal the best scored by the 'Caps in MLS? Or are you on the Eric Hassli bandwagon, whether it be his Seattle cracker, or the San Jose goal? Does Darren Mattocks and his Michael Jordan-esque leap tickle your fancy?
For my money, Camilo deserves top honors here. It's one thing to score a goal when your team is starving for points, it's another to leap up in the air like Superman and find the bottom right corner of the net with your ensuing shot.
What do you guys think? Lemme hear it.