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Luciano Acosta has a moment forever etched in league history.FC Cincinnatis Argentine playmaker has won 2023 AT&T 5G MLS Goal of the Year honors for a spectacular golazo scored in their

3-0 rout of Charlotte FC on Sept. 23. The 78th-minute strike helped Acosta finish second in the Golden Boot presented by Audi race, dazzling the TQL Stadium crowd with a

Lionel Messi-esque finish.Acostas solo run began in his own half and saw him evade several defenders, including one via nutmeg, before depositing his right-footed shot into the top corner of the net. In trademark style, the No. 10 showed incredible close control before applying the final touch.

Acosta was the primary catalyst behind Cincy raising the Supporters Shield, giving them the No. 1 seed in the Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs. In their second season under head coach Pat Noonan, the club recorded 69 points and a +18 goal differential (20W-5L-9D record).

The 2023 AT&T 5G MLS Goal of the Year was determined by fan votes on MLSsoccer.com and has been awarded since the league’s inaugural 1996 season.

MLS Goal of the Year winners:2023: Luciano Acosta – FC Cincinnati | 9/23/2023 vs. Charlotte FC, 78th minute

2022: Josef Martinez – Atlanta United | 10/1/22 vs. New England Revolution, 81st minute2021: Rubio Rubin – Real Salt Lake | 5/7/21 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 43rd minute

2020: Darlington Nagbe – Columbus Crew SC | 8/20/20 vs. Chicago Fire FC, 81st minute2019: Josef Martínez – Atlanta United | 9/18/19 vs. FC Cincinnati, 65th minute

2018: Zlatan Ibrahimović – LA Galaxy | 3/31/18 vs. Los Angeles Football Club, 77th minute2017: Héctor Villalba – Atlanta United | 7/21/17 vs. Orlando City SC, 86th minute

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2016: Shkëlzen Gashi – Colorado Rapids | 9/24/16 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 75th minute2015: Krisztián Németh – Sporting Kansas City | 10/4/15 vs. Portland Timbers, 83rd minute

2014: Obafemi Martins – Seattle Sounders FC | 5/23/14 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8th minute2013: Camilo Sanvezzo – Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 10/6/13 vs. Portland Timbers, 78th minute

2012: Patrick Ianni – Seattle Sounders FC | 6/20/12 vs. Sporting Kansas City, 15th minute2011: Darlington Nagbe – Portland Timbers | 7/2/11 vs. Sporting Kansas City, 45th minute

2010: Marco Pappa – Chicago Fire | 4/10/10 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 52nd minute2009: Landon Donovan – LA Galaxy | 8/8/09 vs. New England Revolution, 21st minute

2008: Will Johnson – Real Salt Lake | 10/18/08 vs. FC Dallas, 54th minute2007: Cuauhtémoc Blanco – Chicago Fire | 8/18/07 vs. Real Salt Lake, 43rd minute

2006: Brian Ching – Houston Dynamo | 9/30/06 v D.C. United, 86th minute2005: Dwayne De Rosario – San Jose Earthquakes | 10/15/05 vs. LA Galaxy, 45th minute

2004: Dwayne De Rosario – San Jose Earthquakes | 8/7/04 vs. D.C. United, 82nd minute2003: Damani Ralph – Chicago Fire | 8/13/03 vs. Columbus Crew SC, 90th minute

2002: Carlos Ruiz – LA Galaxy | 7/27/02 vs. Columbus Crew SC, 75th minute2001: Clint Mathis – MetroStars | 4/28/01 vs. Dallas Burn, 60th minute

2000: Marcelo Balboa – Colorado Rapids | 4/22/00 vs. Columbus Crew SC, 55th minute1999: Marco Etcheverry – D.C. United | 5/22/99 vs. Miami Fusion, 90th minute

1998: Brian McBride – Columbus Crew | 7/9/98 vs. Chicago Fire, 68th minute1997: Marco Etcheverry – D.C. United | 8/27/97 vs. New England Revolution, 39th minute

1996: Eric Wynalda – San Jose Clash | 4/6/96 vs. D.C. United, 88th minute

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