It took fewer than two full matches into the entire Major League Soccer 2021 regular season for Seattle Sounders midfielder João Paulo to unleash a Goal of the Year candidate.
With the match against Minnesota United scoreless in the 49th minute, the Brazilian gave the Sounders the lead when he cushioned a clearance, juggled once to himself and then volleyed home from 25 yards out. His strike was rightfully named a Goal of the Week contender and took Twitter by storm. It was even named the No. 1 play on SportsCenter’s nightly highlights. Watch how everything unfolded below:
JOAO PAULO OH MY WORD YOU DID NOT 😱 pic.twitter.com/XwaajgdyKn— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 17, 2021
GOOD LORD, JOAO PAULO ☄️ pic.twitter.com/3fxd37LtM9— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) April 17, 2021
Seattle's Joao Paulo with a banger on the opening night of MLS ️🔥 pic.twitter.com/2R20vwqLF8— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 17, 2021
JOAO PAULO WORLDIE 🌍— MLS Buzz (@MLS_Buzz) April 17, 2021
MLS IS BACK 🚀 pic.twitter.com/pnEgf31PFF
😱Oh My! What an absolute WORLDY from Joao Paulo 🔥👏 pic.twitter.com/ObxXqMbJ8U— Adam Smithy (@AdamJSmithy) April 17, 2021