In March, there were only five goals to worry about, and one of those was a penalty: simple task to choose four nominees. You elected Mike Grella the inaugural winner of OaM's RBNY Goal of the Month. In April, we had to select four candidates from 11 goals, and you voted for Shawn McClaws' outstanding individual effort. This time, we have an even broader selection to choose from: the New York Red Bulls scored just four times this month, but NYRB II picked up the slack by banging in 10 goals in their five May matches.
Fourteen goals: there will be some worthy candidates missing from this month's nominees. Don't hesitate to start a campaign in the comments. But here are the four OaM believes to be worth your clicks this month:
1. Wallace's Screamer (vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds, May 3)
Oh. My. A captain's effort from NYRB II's captain on the day. And it was the match-winner.
2. First goal of the New York derby (vs. NYC FC, May 10)
History will record that Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the first-ever goal in the derby MLS manufactured out of $100 million and some replica Manchester City jerseys. Those who saw it will recall that Lloyd Sam danced and dazzled his way to the byline before dinking a cross to an unmarked BWP.
3. Derrick Etienne's first goal at the pro level (vs. FC Montreal, May 24)
Which was better: the goal Etienne set up for Anatole Abang against Montreal [1:10 above] or the one he scored himself [1:53]? Taking the latter option here, but there's a strong case to be made for both to have at least been included in this month's nominations.
4. Etienne goes solo (vs. Richmond Kickers, May 30)
Against Montreal, he got a cross away from the byline to set up Anatole Abang. Against Richmond, Etienne went one better: finishing himself from an improbable angle.
Fortunately, OaM only needs to pick four nominees for RBNY Goal of the Month. YOU, dear reader, have to pick the winner.
Vote! (And let us know in the comments if a worthy candidate has been disgracefully ignored.) The poll will be open until 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 6.