Portland Soccer Roundup: MLS Goal of the Year up for grabs

Rooney rehabs in Portland

This week's links include a video of the 30 best MLS goals this season and a tidbit on one of the world's biggest soccer stars paying Portland a visit.

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Check out the 30 candidates for MLSSoccer.com's Goal of the Year. It’s essentially five minutes of scoring bliss.

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One of the more recognizable soccer superstars in the world, Wayne Rooney is rehabbing in Portland this week as he looks to return to fitness and rejoin Manchester United.

Climbing the Ladder blog does some in-depth research to find out what really determines success in the first round of the MLS playoffs. They discovers some really interesting factors.

NFL placekicker Nick Folk of the New York Jets is a big MLS fan. Suffice it to say he is disappointed this week after his New York Red Bulls coughed up a 1-0 advantage in the second leg of the first round in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Pacific University men's soccer team heads to Texas to face Trinity University in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament. The Boxers are coached by former Timbers goalkeepers coach Jim Brazeau and former Timbers player Andrew Gregor.

The 1-seed University of Portland hosts UT-San Antonio and unseeded Oregon State meets Memphis in Stillwater, Okla., in the first round of the women’s NCAA Division 1 soccer tournament Friday.

Photo: Wayne Rooney (Jon Super/AP)