On Saturday, in front of a raucous home crowd, Diego Fagundez sent a flawless right-footed volley past Chicago goalkeeper Jon Busch, earning an MLS Goal of the Week nomination. Where does Diego's finish rank among the best goals of the Jay Heaps era? Below, we list our top five--and ask you to pick your favorite.
Date: May 12, 2012
Opponent: Vancouver Whitecaps
Oh, the glory of this Lee Nguyen finish. Just two months after Vancouver waived the crafty midfielder, he dominated his former club in Foxboro. In the 72nd minute, Nguyen received a Chris Tierney throw-in, took a light touch and dipped an outrageous long-range shot past Joe Cannon. This of course, served as Nguyen's second goal of the day; he also picked up an assist.
Date: August 17, 2013
Opponent: Chicago Fire
Juan Agugelo has never struggled from a lack of confidence. With space on the far touchline, Chris Tierney spotted Agudelo's run and dropped a perfectly-weighted pass onto the forward's right foot. Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson took a hard step, though Agudelo responded by nudging a cheeky backheel over the 'keeper and across the goal line. Bakary Soumare did everything he could to deny the goal--but on this night, nothing could stop Swagudelo.
Date: September 8, 2014
Opponent: Montreal Impact
Rowe, too, put his confidence on display during this outstanding individual effort. After picking up a loose touch from Saer Sene, Rowe pushed toward goal and searched for an opening. The midfielder battled for possession, dribbled toward the edge of the 18 and--with his back to goal--unleashed an upper-90 strike that forced Montreal 'keeper Troy Perkins into his best Joe Cannon impression.
Date: November 23, 2014
Opponent: New York Red Bulls
When Bunbury, a natural righty, tickled the net with this sensational long-range finish, the Revolution supporters who invaded Red Bull Arena stood stunned--and then they celebrated. After receiving a lay-off from Jermaine Jones, and dancing past his defender, Bunbury hit a curling shot toward goal. His miracle strike found the side netting; Luis Robles served as nothing more than a spectator.
Date: June 13, 2015
Opponent: Chicago Fire
Sporting his extra-short shorts, and his bleach-blonde mohawk, Diego rocketed his way into a week 15 MLS Goal of the Week bid. A broken Chris Tierney corner left Fagundez open at the top of the box--and the Uruguayan midfielder responded, ripping a right-footed volley through traffic and into the back of the net. Chicago goalkeeper Jon Busch never stood a chance.