That not only game NYCFC a 2–0 win at Philadelphia, it’s also one of the longest goals in MLS history. Amazingly enough, it doesn’t appear that the league keeps its own historical records on these sorts of things, but according to ESPN stats ace Paul Carr, it’s the longest in the league since 2012.
However, as impressive as that is, there are a handful from the league’s pre-2012 history that are longer. And, depending on what you value in a long-range goal, they might be better than Villa's.
If you value adding injury to insult for goalkeepers, Claudio Lopez’s audacious strike against the LA Galaxy in 2009 is for you. Check out where poor Donovan Ricketts lands on this:
If you value your long-range goals coming from someone that made scoring them a habit, then this David Beckham strike from 2008 (oddly enough, against those KC Wizards) will do the trick:
If you value your long-range goals coming from an MLS vet, then here’s this super strike from Michael Parkhurst, now with Atlanta United but then with the New England Revolution. After 242 MLS appearances and counting, this is still his only goal in the league.
And finally, If you value hilariously unintentional long-range goalie goals, allow me to introduce you to Red Bulls/MetroStars legend Danny Cepero.
The Vancouver Whitecaps got an important 2–1 win over Cascadia rivals Seattle on Friday, and former Sounders icon Fredy Montero scored both of Vancouver’s goals. Those goals were both pretty nice, and they’re worth watching here and here. But let’s be real: Vancouver won this game thanks to this remarkable goal-line clearance from Kendall Waston.
There were not one, not two, but three last-minute goals in Week 7, with each representing a significant milestone for the club involved.
For the San Jose Earthquakes, Jahmir Hyka’s late strike earned a 1–1 draw and left FC Dallas with its second last-second heartbreak in 10 days after Pachuca used a late goal to knock it out of the CONCACAF Champions League
This doesn’t quite make the cut as a last minute goal since it came in the 88th minute, but Brooks Lennon’s first MLS goal for Real Salt Lake was plenty important. It gave RSL a 2–1 win over their rival Colorado Rapids.
We try not to do this often at The MLS XI, but in this instance we must insist you watch an entire highlight reel. Orlando vs. LA featured three goals of excellent quality, three post hits, a ton of back-and-forth play, and an atmosphere at Orlando City Stadium that has yet to disappoint. It’s the best game from the weekend, and recapping it is worth the 4 minutes:
With the win, Orlando became the first team in MLS history to open up a new stadium 4-0-0
The Revolution defender was making his first start of 2017, and presumably he wanted to make an impact. He did. Just not in a good way. On a yellow card already, Watson decided it was a good idea to do this:
… Yeah, that’s another yellow, and a deserved red card. The Revolution lost that game to Chicago, 3–0, with all the goals coming after Watson’s ejection.
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Right between the wickets. BWP doubles the lead! ⚽️
There were reasons to doubt that Bastian Schweinsteiger could be effective in MLS, but they’re all awfully hard to remember after he scored his second goal of the season in just his third match for the suddenly-resurgent Chicago Fire.
GOAL! Bastian Schweinsteiger scores again for Chicago Fire, this time vs. New England. That's his 2nd #MLS goal in just his 3rd game. pic.twitter.com/RBpDTjHKPD
Nacho Piatti has missed the last few games with injury, but his one-on-one skills made for a sterling comeback this week. Against Atlanta, he proved that he can even beat you after falling on his backside: