MLS is rolling out its Goal of the Year nominees, and has finally got round to including one from a New York Red Bull: Thierry Henry's where-the-hell-did-that-come-from screamer to the far corner against Sporting Kansas City back in September.
How good a goal was it? Well, it won Goal of the Week against competition from Portland Timbers' Alvas Powell - and the Timbers know how to get out their vote: five of this year's Goal of the Week winners were scored by Portland players (throw in eight wins for Seattle players and two for strikes by Whitecaps, and you start to realize quite how good at the internet they are in the Pacific Northwest).
Back to the goal. It was everything you could ask of a contender for season's best: timely (RBNY really needed three points), audacious, technically superlative.
The league's official video of the nominees in Group E of the first round of 2014 Goal of the Year voting is cut a little awkwardly. Henry's effort gets 30 seconds, of which most are devoted to lingering shots of him kicking the ball, rather than it going into the net.
You won't find any criticism of unrestrained Henry-love on this website. He is once and always a Metro (or, if you prefer a more modern translation, a Red Bull). But if you want to get a better sense of just how good this particular example of his work was, the highlight video the league put together after the match in question is a better option.