Seattle Sounders sharpshooter Obafemi Martins' fantastic lobbed strike against the San Jose Earthquakes has earned him the 2014 MLS goal of the year award.
The Nigerian striker's goal was chosen as the season's best in American topflight by fans through an online poll. His one-touch finish over San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch's head got more than 50 percent of the votes, leaving others with no chance whatsoever.
Having made the run on the left side of the box, the logical choice for any striker would have been to either aim for the near post – where the goalie might have saved it – or fire it towards the far post – an even more difficult angle. In a split second he made the choice of forgoing both the options, and instead went for the ambitious lob over the goalkeeper's head.
His choice of finish was so odd it caught everyone by surprise, including the gloveman Busch. The ball sailed over his head and into the net. While it was only May when Martins scored the goal, it was clear there won't be any better strikes than this one in the MLS this year.
You only need to check the expressions on Busch's face to know the rare quality of Martins' feat.