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Jimmy Medranda rockets to MLS Goal of the Week award

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The volley beat out Raul Ruidiaz’s stunning free kick with 77% of vote.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Portland Timbers Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

It was hardly a question.

Even with his teammate Raul Ruidiaz as competition, Jimmy Medranda’s volley was the inevitable winner for Major League Soccer’s Goal of the Week. Medranda’s goal was the talk of the soccer town over the past few days, making international highlight reels. Medranda’s award-winning goal came in the 77th minute of the already-decided victory over rival Portland Timbers, volleying a corner kick from Joao Paulo off the underside of the crossbar past a helpless Aljaz Ivacic, who could only stand and watch.

Medranda won the weekly award with 77.5% of the vote, with Ruidíaz’s laser-guided free kick second at 15.4%. The quality of the the goals was such that Fredy Montero’s golazo could not even crack the list of candidates.

Medranda said at training Tuesday that it was the best goal he’s ever scored, hardly a surprise given the quality and degree of difficulty. It surely has potential to be a candidate for the end-of-season Goal of the Year award.

Medranda and the Sounders will try to continue their goal scoring form Wednesday as they visit FC Dallas (5:30 p.m. PT; Q13 FOX, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360AM) at Toyota Stadium before a 2020 MLS Cup rematch with the Columbus Crew at their new stadium (2:30 p.m. PT; ESPN, ESPN Deportes, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360AM) on Saturday.