It was with a long-distance strike in a 4-1 loss to Toronto that current Fire captain Logan Pause won the club's 2010 Goal of the Year award with. A year later, another long-range effort, this time "through the guise of smoke", landed the 2011 award in rookie defender Jalil Anibaba's lap.

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With the 2012 season coming to an end last week, It's time once again to elect the club's Goal of the Year with a daily vote every weekday from Tuesday, November 6 to Wednesday, November 28.

The 16 entries (all from competitve matches) were nominated by fans, players, technical staff and front office as the top goals of the season, seeded and placed in each bracket (Armas, C.J., Kubik, Nowak) accordingly. 

VIEW: Full 2012 Goal of the Year Bracket

In Tuesday's second semifinal, Austin Berry's game winning header (8/4 vs. Toronto FC) continued its darkhorse run, upsetting Marco Pappa's olimpico (4/28 vs. Seattle) to move to the final of the 2012 Goal of the Year Bracket

It's Championship Wednesday as 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year Austin Berry's header vs. Toronto (8/4) faces 2012 Chicago Fire Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot Winner Chris Rolfe (9/22 vs. Columbus) for the right to the club's Goal of the Year.

RULES
1) Voting will open by 9:30am CT each week day and run to 11:59pm CT that night.
2) The goal with the most votes advances to the next round.
3) The previous day's winner will be announced with the current day's matchup. 
4) All entries come from competitive Fire matches (goals in friendlies do not count).

MATCH # DATE BRACKET HIGH SEED LOW SEED VIDEO
1 11/6/2012 NOWAK #1 Rolfe 7/28 at SJ #4 Pardo 7/14 vs. VAN WATCH
2 11/7/2012 C.J.  #2 Alex 9/15 vs. MTL #3 Berry 8/4 vs. TFC WATCH
3 11/8/2012 ARMAS #2 Grazzini 5/23 vs. FCD #3 Oduro 3/24 vs. PHI WATCH
4 11/9/2012 KUBIK #1 Alex 9/2 vs. HOU #4 Nyarko 6/17 vs. NY WATCH
5 11/12/2012 NOWAK #2 Pappa 6/23 vs. CLB #3 Paladini 9/2 vs. HOU WATCH
6 11/13/2012 C.J.  #1 Nyarko 10/27 vs. DC #4 Rolfe 2 8/12 at PHI WATCH
11/14/2012 ARMAS #1 Pappa 4/28 vs. SEA #4 Alex 10/31 vs. HOU WATCH
8 11/15/2012 KUBIK #2 Rolfe 2 9/22 vs. CLB #3 MacDonald 9/15 vs. MTL WATCH
9 11/16/2012 NOWAK #1 Rolfe 7/28 at SJ #2 Pappa 6/23 vs. CLB WATCH
10 11/19/2012 C.J. #1 Nyarko 10/27 vs. DC #3 Berry 8/4 vs. TFC WATCH
11 11/20/2012 ARMAS #1 Pappa 4/28 vs. SEA #2 Grazzini 5/23 vs. FCD WATCH
12 11/21/2012 KUBIK #1 Alex 9/2 vs. HOU #2 Rolfe 2 9/22 vs. CLB WATCH
13 11/26/2012 SEMI #2 Pappa 6/23 vs. CLB #2 Rolfe 2 9/22 vs. CLB WATCH
14 11/27/2012 SEMI #1 Pappa 4/28 vs. SEA #3 Berry 8/4 vs. TFC WATCH
15 11/28/2012 FINAL #2 Rolfe 2 9/22 vs. CLB #3 Berry 8/4 vs. TFC WATCH