2011 is now in the history books and it was a good year for some quality goals scored by American players in Europe or even south of the boarder.
With that said, here are the 10 best YA goals of 2011.
10 Sacha Kljetan: Anderlecht vs. Lokomotiv Moscow (December 16, 2011)
Sacha Kljestan has a had a very solid year on the club front and his hard work paid off in December with a fine goal in the Europa League against Lokomotiv Moscow.
With Lokomotiv up 1-0 in the 33rd minute, Kljestan took the ball inside his own box on the left side and sent in a fantastic bending shot that found its way inside the far post. Anderlecht ended up winning 5-3.
Play begins at :21
9 - Jozy Alitdore: AZ Alkmaar vs. Heerenveen (December 4, 2011)
In what was a day to forget for AZ, Altidore added a touch of brilliance.
With AZ trailing 1-0, Altidore ran a crafty give and go with teammate Brett Holman. On Holman's return pass, Altidore hit a terrific first touch past the defender and fired it past the keeper.
In the end of the day, AZ lost 5-1 but Altidore's goal was quality.
Play begins at 1:50
8 - Brad Rusin: Koge vs. Lyngby (July 31, 2011)
It's been a rough season so far in the Danish Superliga but Brad Rusin scored one of the goals of the season in Demark back in July in a game against Lyngby.
On the play, the 6'4 Rusin collected the ball in his own half and blitzed through Lungby's defense in Maradona-like fashion before firing home an unstoppable shot. Unfortunately for Rusin, Koge lost 3-1.
Play begins at 2:04
7 Chris Rolfe AAB vs. Nordsjælland (April 24, 2011)
In a high scoring game against Nordsjælland, Rolfe entered into the game in the 61st minute with AAB trailing 2-1.
In the 66th minute he collected the ball just inside his own half. He then swerved around a defender with a fantastic dribbling move and fired a shot past the keeper from 28 yards. Rolfe's goal equalized the game at 2-2 and the game finished 3-3.
6 Clint Dempsey: Fulham vs. Bolton (April 27, 2011)
In a game where Clint Dempsey scored two goals for Fulham in a 3-0 win, it was his first goal in the 15th minute that will be remembered.
The game was still scoreless when Christopher Baird sent a bouncing pass from the right side. It found its way to Dempsey who struck the high bouncing ball with lethal force into the left side of the net.
5 Josh Gatt: Molde FK vs. Valerenga (July 28, 2011)
Josh Gatt's first goal in Norway was simply amazing in its skill.
On the play, he came streaking down the right side and received a pass. He then nutmegged his defender and fired home a low shot from inside the box.
To make it even better, Molde won the game 2-1 and won their first Norwegian title later in the year.
4 Diego Chavarri: Sporting Cristal vs. Alianzo Lima (February 26, 2011)
Sporting Cristal and Alianza Lima are rivals in Peru's largest city and when the two teams met in February, New York City-born Diego Chavarri scored a true goalazo.
With the game scoreless in the 34th minute, Chavarri took a pass inside his own half and dribbled all the way into Alianzo Lima's box. He then dribbled around three defenders and fired an unstoppable shot inside the near post.
The final score ended up 1-1 and Chavarri suffered through an injury plagued season but the two goals he scored in 2012 showed that he is a skillful player when healthy.
3 Jozy Altidore: AZ Alkmaar vs. Malmo (September 15, 2011)
Jozy Altidore earns a second goal on our top 10 list for a splendid strike from distance in a Europa League game against Swedish club Malmo.
Altidore took advantage of a poor Malmo clearance and hit one of the best shots from distance you are ever going to see. He collected the ball with his back towards the goal, took only one touch, and turned and fired a laser from 30 yards out into the top right corner.
2 Edson Budddle: Ingolstadt vs. 1860 Munich (May 8, 2011)
Edson Buddle has scored a ton of goals in his career and he has earned the reputation of being a solid finisher from inside the box.
In game last season against 1860 Munich he scored a goal that was unlike any goal he's scored in his career.
With 1860 leading 1-0 in the 61st, Buddle received the ball at the top corner of the box. He beat three defenders as he moved towards the center and then sent in a beautiful high-arching, left-footed shot that had a perfect bend to it.
It was jaw-dropping goal that left everyone in Munich's Allianz-Arena in awe.
1 Josh Gatt: Molde vs. IK Start (August 4, 2011)
While 2011 saw Americans scoring high quality goals, Josh Gatt's goalazo on August 4 at the Sor Arena stood above all the rest.
It was a goal that had everything - blazing foot speed, great on the ball dribbling, a defender that fell to the ground after getting faked out, and an unstoppable hard shot to finish it off.
Gatt is one of the most exciting young American players and this goal shows exactly why. 2012 will likely have Gatt playing for the US Olympic team and in the Champions League with Molde.
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