BY SPNW Staff 01:06PM 11/29/2012

Sounders’ Ianni Earns MLS Goal Of The Year

Seattle Sounders defender Patrick Ianni won the 2012  Goal of the Year in Major League Soccer. Ianni’s goal June 20 against Sporting Kansas City topped a strike by Portland’s Darlington Nagbe against Real Salt Lake, and a long-range blast by Seattle’s Fredy Montero’s against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

On the winning play, Patrick launched himself horizontally to meet Mauro Rosales’ curling free kick with a right-footed side volley inside the near post. The goal tied the match in the 15th minute and the game ended 1-1. It marked Ianni’s first goal of the season — the fourth of his seven-year career – and was selected MLS Goal of the Week.

“It was a special moment for the team and the organization,” Ianni said. “Watching the fans reactions was the best.  I felt just like them when I watch the clip.”

The award marks the first time that a Seattle player has earned Goal of the Year. Kasey Keller previously won Save of the Year in 2010 and 2011.

The AT&T Goal of the Year was determined by an online and text fan vote, after 64 initial nominations for the award were eventually narrowed to four finalists. The final poll results:

  • Patrick Ianni, Seattle vs. Sporting Kansas City, June 20, 33.1%
  • Darlington Nagbe, Portland vs. RSL, March 31, 25.1%
  • Fredy Montero, Seattle vs. Los Angeles, May 2, 22.8%
  • Lee Nguyen, New England vs. Vancouver, May 12, 19.0%

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