Perlaza’s crafty run and clever cutback in the 29th minute led to the first goal in the history of Portland’s sparkling new stadium, and it keyed the Timbers’ dramatic 4-2 win over Chicago in their MLS home opener. He took a feed down the left side from Kalif Alhassan and cut inside to get past Logan Pause, then coolly slotted a shot past Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and to the back post to the delight of the sellout crowd.
The goal earned 32 percent of this week’s vote, easily topping Thierry Henry’s first goal of the season, a header to the far post to cap New York’s 3-0 win over San Jose.
WATCH: Perlaza makes history in Portland
Final Results, via online and text voting
1. Jorge Perlaza, Portland 32%
2. Thierry Henry, New York 23%
3. Marco Pappa, Chicago 18%
4. Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia 16%
5. Robbie Rogers, Columbus 10%
AT&T Goal of the Week Winners