The 2016 MLS season may only be two weeks old, but we might have already witnessed the goal of the season in this year's competition.
The effort in question came during Sunday night's game between the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers, and from the right boot of American forward Quincy Amarikwa.
The 28-year-old Earthquakes striker picked up the ball in his own half before using his pace to escape from three opponents - leaving numerous green Timbers shirts in his wake - and executing a truly audacious chip from fully 35 yards out. Scroll down this article to see the moment of magic for yourself.
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With Amarikwa slipping as he made contact with the ball, there may be some who question whether the MLS journeyman really meant to chip Portland's Adam Kwarasey. Speaking after the 2-1 win for San Jose, though, he explained his thought process:
“Once I made contact with it," said Amarikwa, per Soccer America." I knew I hit it how I wanted to. So I thought it was in unless the keeper could move his feet well enough to get a touch to it.”
“I think if you put in the hard work guys aren’t going to be too mad when you’re taking chances like that because they know they’re benefiting from opportunities you’re creating as well.”
It truly was a stunning effort from Amarikwa and deserves to sit in the soccer pantheons alongside other great chips from the likes of as Philip Albert, Eric Cantona, David Beckham Davor Suker and Wayne Rooney.
As you can hear in commentary, the goal is already being touted as a potential Goal of the Season candidate and someone is going to have to go along way to produce something better, that is for certain.
Goal of the season?
Coming so early in the MLS season, however, there is still plenty of time for sensational goals in the United States' domestic league. With the likes of Giovinco, Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard plying their trade stateside, it is a distinct possibility.
Sporting Kansas Chiefs' English-born striker Dom Dwyer, for instance, scored his own pretty special goal during MLS' second week of action.
Having handed the award to former Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins in 2014 after his own delightful chip, Amarikwa, though, might have found the perfect formula as he looks to make a mark on a league he has played in since 2009.
In 146 games and 11 seasons playing for the Chicago Fire, Toronto FC and the Colorado Rapids as well as two spells with the Earthquakes, the California native has scored just 22 goals - developing a reputation for his hard work rather than clinical finishing.
While we haven't seen every one of his career goals, we're pretty certain his latest is most likely his greatest.