Cincinnati Soccer Talk’s End of Season Awards are back for the 2022 season. Earlier Tuesday we announced our Fan-Voted Player of the Year. Now we release our Goal of the Year, followed by our Moment of the Year on Wednesday and Unsung Hero on Thursday. We will end the week with the Staff-Voted Player of the Year on Friday. Stay tuned to CST as we look back on our favorite points of the 2022 FC Cincinnati season.
Well 2022 certainly was a better year for goals in comparison to the previous three wooden-spoon seasons. The FCC attack combined for 64 goals in ’22 vs. 80 total goals in its previous three seasons! Brenner and Vazquez each scored 18 goals becoming the first striker duo in league history to do so.
A nomination for goal of the year can come from many different metrics. How beautiful was the goal? What was the significance of the goal? Was it a golazo? How about the celebration afterward? There were many exciting goals this season with the nominees below being our staff favorites.
Miazga answers after a bad ref decision vs. Columbus
TOO HOT TO HANDLE. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/G83TKzwOkJ
— x – FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) August 28, 2022
Vazquez secures three points in stoppage at Minnesota
Brandon Vázquez is there for a late, late stoppage-time goal for @fccincinnati! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/thmAo4qPH8
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 8, 2022
Barreal shreds the Vancouver defense off the dribble and finishes cleanly
¡UN GOLAZO DE CRACK! Álvaro Barreal, el pibe de 21 años que defendió la camiseta de Vélez, dominó, se la llevó con la rodilla, enganchó y marcó para Cincinnati ante Vancouver Whitecaps en la MLS. 😱👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/eiv3zSdk7T
— SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) July 14, 2022
Brenner dazzles vs. NYCFC including this beautiful bicycle
What a beautiful brace for Brenner 👏
The Brazilian's bicycle kick puts @fccincinnati up THREE goals on the defending champs in the first half.
🎥 @fccincinnati | @09brennerpic.twitter.com/xmSl4I08oi
— The Athletic Soccer (@TheAthleticSCCR) June 30, 2022
Lucho nutmegging the Columbus midfield with a pass to Vazquez
That guy @Brvndonv! 1-0 #AllForCincy
Brenner ➡️ Acosta ➡️ Vazquez to finish his 16th goal of the season. pic.twitter.com/Y79SxLEJHI
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 28, 2022
Hagglund finally gets a hair cut vs. Charlotte
Nick Hagglund finishes the corner kick to make it 1-0! #AllForCincy pic.twitter.com/WDle1XCGFy
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 4, 2022
Badji cross to Vazquez for the winner at Orlando
💪 – @dbadji14
⚽️⚽️ – @Brvndonv#ORLvCIN | #AllForCincy pic.twitter.com/MLYVTi82ge
— x – FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) March 13, 2022
Brenner vs. DC United curler
.@09brenner 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/4Et8Y6hO9x
— x – FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) October 9, 2022
Winner: Brandon Vazquez winner at Minnesota
This goal had a little bit of everything. While FCC had some good results prior to this last second winner, the significance and beauty in build up stood out for the staff. The passing sequence was sublime to break down the Loons defense and this moment was a huge point in “turning the page” for FCC. Calvin Harris’s pinpoint cross and a cool finish by Brandon Vazquez secured three massive road points in the club’s first ever playoff-clinching season.