Latino of the Year: Juan Pablo Angel

The Colombian forward is nominated after ending his 2012 season as the club’s top goal scorer

Juan Pablo Angel Real Salt Lake

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Watching Juan Pablo Angel during practice allows the spectator a close-up view of the Colombian’s talent. Once he gets on the field, he shows the world why he is considered to be one of the best players, not just in MLS, but worldwide.

Since joining the league in 2007 with the New York Red Bulls, Angel has scored a total of 72 goals and adding 15 assists, placing among the top 17 goal scorers in the league. In a tough 2012 season for Chivas USA, Angel was the team’s top goal scorer with four goals. Angel kicked-off the year with a tough start; he suffered from concussion symptoms early on in the season, which kept him from field action for six weeks. It didn’t take much time for Angel to begin scoring; two games after his return, Angel converted a penalty kick (the first for the club since the 2009 season), giving the Goats the early lead.

Angel’s stellar performance on the field has not gone unnoticed. After notching his second goal of year, Angel earned a nomination for MLS Goal of the Week and swept the Latino of the Week poll, winning the honor with 64% of the votes.

Although Angel started in only nine games this season due to injuries, the 37-year old has proven that he does not need 90 minutes to make a difference on the field. In the second match of the season against Colorado Rapids on Aug. 18, Angel replaced Juan Agudelo in the 72nd minute when the team was down by one goal. Ten minutes in, a cross from Tristan Bowen would help Angel notch his fourth goal of the season.

Check out Angel’s goal and click here to cast your vote for Juan Pablo Angel for Latino of the Year: