Canadian captures MLS goal of year award

Canadian Will Johnson, a midfielder with Real Salt Lake, won goal of the year honours in Major League Soccer on Wednesday.

A Canadian has laid claim to Major League Soccer's goal of the year for the first time in three years.

Toronto native Will Johnson of Real Salt Lake received the honour on Wednesday after Canadian striker Dwayne De Rosario won goal of the year in 2004 and 2005.

The midfielder's highlight-reel score — deemed the best in online fan voting — was a flick and volley, which struck the inside of the near post and beat FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala.

The other finalists were Geoff Cameron of the Houston Dynamo, Robbie Rogers of the Columbus Crew, Danny Cepero of New York, and Cuauhtemoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire.

Johnson, who grew up in England and the U.S., began his pro career with the Chicago Fire before transferring to Dutch side SC Heerenveen.

The 21-year-old joined Real Salt Lake in a trade with the Fire in the second half of the 2008 season.

He started nine games for Salt Lake, scoring two goals as Real Salt Lake made it to the Western Conference Championship game.