2012 Goal of the Year Winner

Villarreal's first professional goal wins the honor of Goal of the Year

It began with 24 incredible goals that were narrowed to a pool of just four exceptional nominees.

Now, after five weeks of intense voting, a clear winner has emerged:

Congratulations to Galaxy youngster Jose Villarreal, whose first goal as a professional garnered nearly 50% of the fan votes to take home the title of LAGalaxy.com Goal of the Year. Villarreal's strike, which salvaged a 2-2 draw for the Galaxy in Vancouver, beat out other impressive tallies from David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Juninho.

"It was very special for me. It was probably one of the best goals I've ever scored in my career- not only professional-wise with the club but with the Academy.

"I want to thank all the fans for voting for me. I really appreciate all your help."