Watch: English teenager is in final two for MLS' Goal of the Season

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The idea of English footballers plying their trade abroad is still a slightly unusual one, even today.

Whilst the likes of Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne joined foreign clubs in the 1980s and '90s there are still very few Englishmen who leave English football in their pomp. Usually, like in the case of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, it is players near the end of their career who head to leagues like MLS for one last pay day.

However, in the very league Becks and Stevie G joined in their 30's, there is a new English star rising to prominence. His name is Jack Harrison, he is 19-years-old and he has just made it into the final two for the American league's Goal of the Season competition.

Harrison, born in Stoke-on-Trent and a member of Manchester United's academy between 2003-2010, has just finished his debut season in professional football with New York City FC.

And, although NYCFC saw their playoff hopes come to an end this week, the English-born winger can be more than happy with his season's work, having grabbed four goals in 21 MLS appearances - plus several assists to boot.

Indeed, playing alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa, the youngster known affectionately as 'Jack the Ripper' by NYCFC fans has more than held his own.

And Harrison has the chance to end his first pro campaign on a real high by securing the coveted Goal of the Season title. His effort - scored back in July - can be seen below alongside the other finalist...

Starting out wide before using both feet to bamboozle a Montreal Impact defender, the ex-Red Devils academy member then shows composure beyond his years to bend in a perfectly placed left-foot strike.

The goal's place in the final is certainly a worthy one. Having said that, the free-kick from Shkelzen Gashi is a tough one to beat.

Taking to Twitter after the announcement that his goal had progressed to the final, Harrison thanked those who had voted for the strike from an original shortlist of 64.

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