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New England Revolution 2014 Goal of the Year: Chris Tierney vs. Kevin Alston

Following a season of long-range curlers, free-kick benders and glancing headers, we want to know: who scored the best Revolution goal in 2014? Our official Goal of the Year bracket begins with Round 1A.

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After 51 regular-season goals, 12 postseason tallies and a dramatic MLS Cup run, the Revolution gave supporters plenty to cheer about in 2014. We have to admit, though: we're not quite ready to stop cheering. So we created a tournament with a guaranteed happy ending, placing 16 Revolution goals into a single-elimination bracket. Eight Lee Nguyen goals will duke it out at the bottom of the bracket, while eight non-Lee Nguyen goals will try to master the top. The winners from each half will compete for the ultimate prize: recognition as the 2014 TBM Revolution Goal of the Year winner.

Over the next few weeks, we will present you with a series of match-ups. By voting at the bottom of each post, you will help your favorite goals move closer to the final round. Reader votes count for 1 point, while TBM Staff votes count for 5 points. Ready?

We begin with Round 1A: Chris Tierney's curling free kick against Columbus vs. Kevin Alston's laser shot against Houston. Take a look--and don't forget to vote below.


Chris Tierney Free Kick vs. Columbus Crew /  Nov. 1, 2014

With a 1-0 lead and momentum shifting toward his club, Chris Tierney lined up over a free kick with set-piece master Lee Nguyen. The Revs' crafty wing back ultimately took the first touch, curling a sublime shot over the wall and beyond the outstretched hand of Columbus 'keeper Steve Clark. The Revs would only build on Tierney's goal, scoring twice more while taking taking a two-goal aggregate advantage into leg two of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

Kevin Alston Laser vs. Houston Dynamo /  Apr. 12, 2014

After finding space on the left flank, Revs' left back Kevin Alston danced around his defender and made a powerful run into the box. A pair of scrappy touches by Daigo Kobayashi and Teal Bunbury left the ball at Alston's feet, allowing the long-term Revolution man to send a one-time rocket past Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall and into the back of the net. The goal served as Alston's first in five years of league play.

Poll closes at 12:00am EST on Thursday, December 25th.