Making the Case: Goal of the Year Part Five

Players discuss Higuaín's second chip and Meram's tally

Justin Meram

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In the final edition of 'Making the Case,'  players campaign Federico Higuaín's chip against Toronto FC and Justin Meram's fancy footwork against the Houston Dynamo.

August 17 vs. Toronto FC - Higuaín's Chip: Part Deux

What they said:

Bernardo Anor: “Nobody was expecting it - that was what was so impressive. Brilliant touch. Brilliant chip. He placed it exactly where it needed to be for it to be a goal.”

Matt Lampson (From a goalkeeper’s perspective) : “[Bendik] was in the right place... A lot of it is footwork to get back and a lot of it is the height of the goalkeeper and explosiveness to get off the ground. Those all have to work together to make a save on a ball that [Higuain] put the only place he could.”

Andy Gruenebaum: “Danny [O’Rourke] does a lot to win the ball and we get an outlet there. Pipa does well to get that separation. You can almost see Pipa line it up and it threw [Bendik] off. That’s what is beautiful about this. He dribbled once and you are expecting him to maybe make a through ball or something and he chips it over you.”

September 4 vs. Houston Dynamo - Meram dribbles past Sarkodie and finishes far-post with his left foot

What they said:

Bernardo Anor: “[Justin Meram] is such a skillful player and he can finish with either foot. That was such a great goal – great finish.”

Ryan Finley – “Dom just cut it back and I actually just whiffed on it and luckily it went right to Justin. He made a nice cut and ended up in a one-on-one with a guy and had a nice finish.”