Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Best and Brightest: Vancouver Whitecaps

Skipping ahead from the league's most storied club to one of its youngest, the selection process gets rather easier. You got to think the 'Caps'll wrest the Voyageurs Cup from Toronto pretty soon, giving Vancouver some hardware and resetting at least one part of this list.

Anyway, for those of you who didn't read yesterday's series opener, we'll be taking a look at the best and brightest goals in each club's history. The best is just whatever impresses me most and the brightest is broadly defined as the most significant.

Vancouver Whitecaps
Best: Eric Hassli @ Seattle Sounders, June 11, 2011
Just one of those strikes where, yeah, there are other guys that could've done it, but so few possessing that insanity lobe sending stupid signals throughout the body. The one's that say "There's five minutes to play, you need a goal. Forget taking on the keeper, let's just volley this thing up here and rip it senseless," in French.

Though I can honestly say I like the above best, it'd be selfish of me not to share the following with you. Pretty sure the same part of the brain was in use here.

Brightest: Darren Mattocks @ Los Angeles Galaxy, Nov. 1, 2012
In the club's first-ever MLS playoff game, the Jamaican put the visitors ahead on the stroke of three minutes. As we know now, the goal was in vain, but at the time it gave the second-year club a lead on the defending double-winners. 

- Jacob Klinger

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