It's been a long year folks, and for all the 'progress' talk we've endured the results have remained the same. HOWEVER, that's not to say we haven't seen some quality goals this season. When compiling this top ten list, my criteria was ever evolving. Sometimes I take into account the emotional backdrop of said goal, while other times it's purely the class and beauty of it. You might also notice the overwhelming appearance of one Lucho Acosta. Remember some of the credential revoking takes you've read concerning his play this season as you peruse this list. So without furter ado...

10) Loca gets the monkey off his back vs Montreal...
It was an awkward, lame duck, partial season for Locadia in 2021. Coming off an injury and a heinous 2020, nothing short of MVP level play would have seen The FC picking up his pricey loan option. With the weight of 2020 on his shoulders, and a relatively sympathetic fan base still rooting for him, Loca got rid of his goose egg this year with a suprising headed goal. It would be his final goal for FCC but it was the moment we needed before we sent him on his way...

9) Brenner caps off The FC's greatest spell of possession...
While a calm, cool and collected finish shouldn't demand a parade, it's been a rare sight for Cincinnati. Brenner's slotted goal vs NYCFC came after several minutes, and a couple dozen passes, of mind bending possession. It's the kind of goal Jaap had been dreaming about, but one we hardly ever saw. For once, there was a method to the madness, and our 13 million dollar man scoring it was the icing on the cake.

8) Atanga briefly sends Columbus to Hell...
Already in the playing for pride stage of the season, Hell Is Real Pt 2 had little true stakes but very much mattered to fans. After an earlier goal (that we'll see further down the list) tied the game up, substitute Isaac Atanga's cut back and pin perfect strike left FC fans in a pool of their own joy. Briefly...

7) Barreal curls in a beauty in Chicago...
Something about seeing your young signings do well just hits different. I'd love to see Haris score one of these, but Alvaro doing it makes you believe there is more joy to come in the future. Let us pray...

6) Lucho dog walks an ATL defender...
Acosta curling one into the top right corner is possibly the most indelible image of the season for me. Beyond the goals he scored, he came close on at least three more versions of this exact same shot. The cut inside feels obvious, but remains nearly impossible to stop.

5) Michael Bradley calls it quits...
The previous goal actually feels a bit more fluid and saucy for me, but watching Bradley get absolutely roasted is too much to resist. It's also a fair bit further back than the ATL strike. Either way, kudos to Lucho for making us feel things in an all too lifeless season.

4) Alvaro scores FCC's first home goal...
After a rough first 58' against Miami in our home opener, Alvaro got the fans back on their feet with a deft touch goal off an amazing long ball. Like Brenner's earlier, clinical goal, composure like this has been in short supply for The FC.

3) Mata turns sniper to tie up Hell Is Real Pt 2...
Matarrita has had his share of quality moments this season, but his world class strike in Columbus tops the list. The cleanest of clean hits sent FC fans to the moon, minutes after Columbus had taken the lead. We all know how this turned out, but at this moment in time the world was ours...

2) Lucho immediately delivers on the hype with a sinister flick...
I had watched every Lucho highlight YouTube had to offer and I was mesmerized. Lucho Acosta, paltry Liga MX stats and all, looked specactular. DC United fans warned us to take it all with a grain of salt, but we had finally found our #10 and we dreamed of a playmaker making magic for our totally dull squad. It's with this as the backdrop that Lucho came through to score the slickest of goals minutes into his FC debut. The flick over Nashville's GK gets more amazing with each rewatch; a gateway into his mind wherein the act of scoring is not enough.... You must do it with style, or it's not worth pulling the trigger at all. He's gone on to both astound and frustrate, but this moment was everything we had been dreaming of...

1) Castillo sets the Teak on fire with opening minute goal in Hell Is Real...
There were goals with more skill, but no goal filled fans with pure joy more than Castillo's opening minute goal in the home edition of Hell Is Real. The Gary tifo was barely out of the Barley's way when the quiet defender popped into frame and struck the kick of his life. In a season of forgettable moments, this goal is one I'll never forget...

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