Fall Week 1: Midfield Press Goal of the Week
Welcome to Midfield Press’ first edition of Goal of the Week! After each week of play, the writers of MP will come together to nominate and deliberate on the week’s most impressive goals, and the first week of Fall Season play had no shortage of spectacular goals!
#3: Hanson Boakai (FC Edmonton vs. San Antonio Scorpions)
The FC Edmonton Academy product proved his worth with a tenacious goal against a very physical San Antonio defense. Expect to see more first-squad appearances from the young yet resilient midfielder in the future.
#2: Lance Laing (FC Edmonton vs. San Antonio Scorpions)
Laing surely has made a habit of scoring off of set pieces. Three of his last six goals came from free kicks, including this beauty. With this goal, Laing secured NASL Player of the Week and is currently the 2015 NASL scoring leader.
And the winner is…
#1: Simone Bracalello (Carolina Railhawks vs. Minnesota United)
Don’t let the absolute lack of defensive pressure from MNUFC take away from Bracalello’s excellent strike into the upper ninety. It was a stunner and well-deserving of Goal of the Week.
The defense somehow looks worse on that Bracalello goal every time I watch it. Dias is the most accountable; he has his back to Bracalello for a moment, then decides to pay attention, let’s Simone side step with five yards, and his stick-my-foot-out move even looks lazy. It’s like me pretending to defend my kids while we play soccer together but really I want to just let them have one.
I agree. As a person still supporting MNUFC, it’s painful to watch such disinterest from the players.