Fans Vote Atlanta Silverbacks Midfielder Junior Burgos’ Free Kick As NASL Goal Of The Year

The Salvadoran international's strike against San Antonio took home the award
NASL Staff | Nov 12, 2015

Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder Junior Burgos showcased his dangerous free-kick ability throughout the Fall Season, and he earned NASL Goal of the Year honors, the league announced on Thursday. Burgos’ strike against the San Antonio Scorpions was selected by the fans as the top goal from the 2015 regular season.

Burgos scored four goals during the year, all from set pieces – three on free kicks and one from the penalty spot. It was the goal against San Antonio, though, on Aug. 8 by the 27-year-old that was deemed the year’s best.

“I am honored and blessed to win this year’s Goal of the Year award,” Burgos said. “There were some amazing goals on the ballot and to be chosen by the fans as the top goal is truly humbling.”

With the score tied, 1-1, at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, the Salvadoran midfielder stepped up to take a spot kick from the left side. He sent his curling effort over the wall and the ball dipped into the side netting past the diving Scorpions goalkeeper Matt Cardone.

The match would finish 3-3, but marked the first of Burgos’ finishes from free kicks of the season. On the year, Burgos scored four goals and had six assists in 17 appearances for the Silverbacks. 

“I want to dedicate this award to my family, coaches and teammates in Atlanta, and all the beautiful people from El Salvador.” Burgos said. “This wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

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