The Colorado Rapids' Vicente Sanchez scored our Major League Soccer goal of the week with a sumptuous chipped winner against the LA Galaxy.

The Uruguay international brilliantly brought down a cross-field pass with his left foot before floating a delicious effort beyond goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and in off the far post.

His club captain Drew Moor described the finish as "absolutely fantastic", and it proved to be the only goal of the game. It was 34-year-old Sanchez's fifth strike of the season, though his first from open play.

Despite having to rely on four penalty conversions, it's been a better year this time out for the South American who only found the net once in the MLS in 2013.

Other contenders:

Pedro Morales

The Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the San Jose Earthquakes by the odd goal in five on Saturday, and Morales scored two of the home side's three goals. 

Collecting the ball from Kekuta Manneh, the Chilean burst forward and smashed a stunning strike into the bottom corner from just outside the area for his second in as many minutes.

Morales joined the Whitecaps from Malaga in February, but prior to the weekend hadn't scored since netting on his debut against the New York Red Bulls two months ago.

Manneh also fired in early on, and both players' contributions could prove crucial in the remainder of the season with senior man Kenny Miller no longer at the club.

Gaston Fernandez

Following on from his superb equaliser against the Houston Dynamo last week, the Portland Timbers' Fernandez scored an equally impressive opener in their win over DC United.

This was a very different effort to his shot on the turn in Texas, this time delicately lifting the ball over the onrushing Bill Hamid from a Diego Valeri cross, before acrobatically volleying across the line.

The goal was the Timbers' fastest in the division's history, though this was a fact that had escaped the forward.

Speaking after the game, Fernandez said: "I didn't know that it was the fastest, but it's always awesome to score."

Giles Barnes

Brad Davis and Will Bruin both deserve mentions for their terrific finishes, but Barnes' pile-driver was the pick of the bunch for Houston against Chivas USA.

Boniek Garcia found the Englishman with a pinpoint pass, and he drove forward before rifling an unstoppable shot into the far corner.

The former Derby County man has been enduring a tough campaign, but he netted twice in this 4-1 Dynamo win, and looked back on top of his game.

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