Ching bicycle kick snubbed for GOTY voting
Dynamo forward Brian Ching's sensational bicycle kick was left off the initial list for MLSSoccer.com's AT&T Goal of the Year Award on Tuesday, but Dynamo fans can still vote for Ching and other Houston strikes from Lovel Palmer and Dominic Oduro, with voting closing on Thursday.
Palmer and Oduro, along with 28 other Goal of the Week winners from the regular season, are listed on the voting website. There is also a write-in option, and the Dynamo are encouraging interested fans to write in "Brian Ching bicycle kick" in the 'Other' box at the bottom of the poll.
Ching's bicycle kick against the Chicago Fire on August 21 was part of a hat-trick performance in a dramatic 4-3 win. Ching won the Dynamo's Goal of the Year award in a landslide, and his strike was also named the No. 1 goal of the MLS season by ESPNSoccernet.com. He is not listed on the AT&T Goal of the Year ballot because his goal did not win Goal of the Week, controversially losing to New York's Rafa Marquez in one of the closest votes of the season.
Palmer won Goal of the Week for his first MLS goal, which came in his first MLS start, on April 17 against Chivas USA. He took a touch in the middle of the field and unleashed a 40-yard knuckling rocket to the top right corner.
Oduro's strike came on May 22 against D.C. United, as he one-timed a cross from the right to the far top left corner in a 2-0 Houston win. Voting runs for a short, three-day period and ends at 10:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 11.