In honor of Charlie Adam’s wonder strike last week for Stoke against Chelsea, from a staggering 64 yards, we at U.S Soccer Scholarships thought we would dig through the archives and reminisce about other memorable long distance strikes from the Premier League.
- David Beckham
When someone mentions a long distance goal in the English Premier League there is only one man who comes to mind – David Beckham. Golden balls himself burst onto the scene in 1996 when he scored a remarkable lob against Wimbledon from all of 52 yards, leaving with goalkeeper Neil Sullivan with absolutely no chance. Beckham did actually go on to surpass this strike in terms of distance when he scored from 70 yards for L.A Galaxy against Kansas City Wizards, however on that occasion the goal was empty so not quite as impressive.
- Xabi Alonso
The Spanish midfield maestro Xabi Alonso had already scored from well inside his own half in 2006 against Luton in the F.A Cup but his effort for Liverpool against Newcastle a few months later surpassed even that. Alonso launched the ball from the edge of the centre circle inside his own half to completely outfox Magpies goalkeeper Steve Harper who in fact slipped over not once but twice in his attempts to prevent the ball hitting the back of the net.
- Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is undeniably in sensational form for both club and country at the moment showing a moment of brilliance to score last week against Aston Villa, but his goal last season against West Ham is one that will stick in the memory for even longer. Rooney broke the deadlock at Upton Park in extraordinary style spotting Adrian off his line and lobbing the ball over the West Ham goalkeeper from just over 45 yards. Incidentally, Rooney also added a second later in the first half to secure a 2-0 win for the red devils.
- Matt Taylor
One player who has built a reputation for himself as being a bit of a long distance goal and set piece specialist is Matt Taylor – most notably remembered for his time at Portsmouth. His most infamous long distance strike came against Everton in 2006 when he struck a first-time volley high over Everton keeper Tim Howard from fully 45 yards after 14 minutes. The ball sat up perfectly for Taylor after Kanu’s challenge, but no one expected a left-foot volley from near the halfway line that Howard motionless as it dipped into the net.
After much debate the U.S Soccer Scholarships team has come to agreement that given the opponents and distance Charlie Adams’ effort is in our opinion the best long distance goal scored in the Premier League so hats off to the Scotsman who will definitely be remembered for this effort and we are sure Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won’t forget it in a hurry either! If you can think of a better long distance strike we want to know about it, email us at email@example.com with your goal contenders.
U.S Soccer Scholarships Team