After Bradley's goal, ranking the five best goals in U.S. national team history
After Michael Bradley's gem vs. Mexico, where does he rank among the top goals?
There have been many memorable goals when it comes to United States men's national team history, and there have been many fantastic goals in massive moments. But what are the top five greatest goals in USMNT history, based on beauty and not just historic significance? Here they are, ranked, graded (out of 10) and described:
No. 5 - Wynalda free kick in 1994
Playing in front of home fans at the 1994 World Cup, Eric Wynalda brought the United States level with Switzerland in their opening game of the cup 1-1 with this brilliant free kick.
Why: A brilliant free kick in a massive moment. Lovely placement and hard to envision it being much better.
No. 4 - Donovan speedy goal vs. Mexico
This goal from USA legend Landon Donovan came against rival Mexico in a friendly in Arizona, which the U.S. won 2-0. He blitzed through the Mexico defense in the 91st minute to produce a brilliant, tasty golazo, working the goalkeeper at the end.
Why: He carved up the Mexico defense, and it gets a higher score for that move at the end.
No. 3 - Jermaine Jones wonder strike at World Cup
It was the 2014 World Cup, playing Portugal in the group stage when Jermaine Jones produced the best USA goal in World Cup history. Look at this rocket from outside the box that left Portugal stunned. The match would finish 2-2.
Why: At the World Cup and to bring the U.S. level, it was a gorgeous strike that only would have been better had it gone upper 90. Watch the goalkeeper:
No. 2 - Feilhaber's golazo winner vs. El Tri
The U.S. won the 2007 Gold Cup 2-1 over Mexico thanks to this miraculous strike from Benny Feilhaber, who rocked Solider Field and embarrassed Oswaldo Sanchez with a world class strike:
Why: So hard to do, and to hit it like that was something else. In a massive moment and made it look easy. Impressive.
No. 1 - Silencing Azteca
You've seen this before, but just watch again. Michael Bradley hushing over 100,000 Mexico fans with the greatest goal in USMNT history on Sunday night in the 1-1 draw.
Why: Chipped the goalkeeper from more than 35 yards, that's a shot many wouldn't even dare to take. It simply doesn't get any better than that.
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