The former Liverpool youngster beat out Toronto FC playmaker Sebastian Giovinco to take home top honours.
Sporting Kansas City striker Krisztian Nemeth had already enjoyed a successful first season in MLS, but now the former Liverpool prospect has capped off his 2015 with the league’s Goal of the Year award.
The 26-year-old Hungarian beat out Toronto FC playmaker and MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco to take top prize in a fan vote for his outstanding individual effort at the Portland Timbers in October.
Three days after netting a second-half equaliser in Sporting KC’s penalty shootout win over the Philadelphia Union in the US Open Cup final, Nemeth was on the bench as his side faced the Timbers at Providence Park, but it did not take him long to make an impact following his 73rd-minute introduction.
10 minutes later, the 23-times capped international dribbled the ball up field from his own half before skirting around three Portland defenders and firing a fierce shot into the back of the net to seal his side a crucial 1-0 road win.
Thanks for all who voted me at MLS Goal of the Year! I'm very appreciative all of the supports you showed me this past year. #goaloftheyear— Krisztian Nemeth (@KNemeth_Nemo) December 3, 2015
The goal was one of Nemeth’s 10 on the regular season, while he also added six assists in his 28 appearances to help Kansas City seal the sixth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
Signed on a free transfer last December, the Hungarian forward was not expected to be a regular starter for Peter Vermes’ men at the time of his arrival, but his impressive performances during his first campaign in the States even ended up earning him an international recall over the summer.
He never managed to make a first-team appearance during his three seasons at Liverpool between 2007 and 2010, but having since been showcasing glimpses of the talent that first took him to Anfield as a teenager, KC will be hoping to see him take another big step forward in 2016.
However, with European clubs reportedly preparing to lure him back across the Atlantic in January [h/t The Kansas City Star], it is no guarantee that he will be back.