MLS has started the voting process for the 2012 AT&T Goal of the Year online. The first round of nominees has been posted on MLSsoccer.com, so fans can begin selecting their favorites. Major League Soccer plans to follow a similar voting process this year by breaking up the nominations into four groups and releasing the results.
2012 AT&T Goal of the Year Nomination Process
The 2012 AT&T Goal of the Year nomination process will resemble last year because MLS is using the same format. A total of 64 goals will be selected for voting with 33 choices coming from staff and 31 choices coming from the AT&T Goal of the Week awards for the season.
MLS will release four groups of four goals each to the public for voting, and the first group of 64 goals will be available from Oct. 31 through Nov. 7. After this round, Major League Soccer will select the top two from each list for more voting. The best of the 32 will advance to a round of 16 goals that will determine the final four goals. The contest will conclude on Nov. 29 with an announcement of the winner.
Group 1 of the Goal Nominations
The first list of nominees has been posted and includes four groups with four goals in each one for a total of 16 goals. The players in the first round are Beckham, Boyd, Davis, Mattocks, Wondolowski, Henry, Santos, Sarvas, Montero, Sène, Ballouchy, Nyassi, Keane, Beckerman, Nguyen and Ángel. In 2011, the Portland Timbers' Darlington Nagbe won the AT&T Goal of the Year for his performance in a game against Sporting Kansas City.
Fans can vote online by using a simple form that includes videos of each goal in the first round. The ability to vote for the first set of players will end at 11:59 p.m. PST on Nov. 1. However, the next group of 16 goals will be released after this time. Since Major League Soccer has decided to break up the 64 goals into four groups, the next rounds of voting will be finished on Nov. 7.
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