Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ten goals to remember from 2010

It has been a remarkable year for soccer in Philadelphia.

Ten goals to remember from 2010

Sebastien Le Toux scored many great goals for the Union in 2010. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Sebastien Le Toux scored many great goals for the Union in 2010. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

It has been a remarkable year for soccer in Philadelphia. The Union and the Independence played their inaugural seasons, and helped to build a fan base in our region that is among the most passionate in the nation. International clubs including Manchester United, Celtic and Chivas de Guadalajara came to town for exhibition matches.

On top of all that, our region played host to three major United States national teams games. The men visited twice, including the showcase World Cup send-off match, and held their World Cup training camp relatively close by at Princeton University. The women visited once, for their final match before World Cup qualifying.

As 2010 draws to a close, here's a look back at 10 of the top goals from the soccer year in Philadelphia. For as much as the Union struggled this year, this was actually pretty hard to put together. There are quite a few terrific goals that I left off the list. It won't be long before we start getting ready for the 2011 season.

After all, the NSCAA convention in Baltimore is only a few weeks away. That includes the MLS SuperDraft on January 13 and the WPS Draft on January 14. I'm sure a lot of you will be traveling to Baltimore for the festivities. Although the draft's importance as a tool for player development has diminished in recent years, it is still the league's biggest offseason event - and it's also a lot of fun.

Whether your feast of choice today is a fancy roast or Chinese takeout, I hope you have a happy and peaceful holiday. Thanks once again to all of you for an incredible first season here on the blog. Here's to another great year in 2011.

1. Sebastien Le Toux's second goal against D.C. United in the first ever home game on April 10:
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2. Jordan Harvey's finish of a great pass from Roger Torres at Toronto on April 15:

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3. Danny Mwanga's first career goal, in the 93rd minute against FC Dallas at the Linc on May 15:

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4. Jozy Altidore's equalizer for the United States against Turkey at Lincoln Fiancial Field in the World Cup send-off game on May 29:

5. Shea Salinas' golazo at Houston, also on May 29:

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