Cincinnati Soccer Talk’s End of Season Awards are back for FC Cincinnati’s inaugural MLS season. On Monday, we released our 2019 Fan-Vote Player of the Year, Emmanuel Ledesma. Today we release our Goal of the Year. On Wednesday we will present our Funny Awards, followed by the Moment of the Year on Thursday and the Staff-Voted Player of the Year on Friday. Stay tuned to CST as we look back on our favorite points of the 2019 FC Cincinnati season.
Our staff nominated two goals for this award. A CST staffer who voted for a goal gave their explanation of why they voted for it. Here are the results:
Brad Weigel: Bertone’s stunner in Seattle
I chose Leonardo Bertone’s goal not only for the skill but for what that goal meant to this fanbase. There was a lot of angst and frustration after the pre-season. Would FC Cincinnati be able to compete? Would they get absolutely embarrassed on live national television? I guess the answer to both of those questions was ultimately yes, but for a brief moment the club led at Seattle. Announcer John Strong’s voice couldn’t contain the elation once Bertone’s volley hit the back of the net. His call set mobs of hereto unknown members of the Pride Norden into each other’s arms, sending beers over the BC Bottle Lodge floor. There have been many lowlights this season, but I will forever remember the first goal in MLS for FC Cincinnati and the look of my friends’ faces in utter jubilation!
Bill Wolf: Cruz’s backheel against Portland
Winner: Bertone’s stunner in Seattle
— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) March 3, 2019