The Red Bulls' latest DP signing opened his MLS scoring account in style, and he was justly rewarded with the AT&T Goal of the Week honor for Week 21.
In one of the more hotly contested fan polls on MLSsoccer.com so far this season, Rafa Márquez's laser against Toronto FC collected 56.7 percent of the vote, nudging out Houston's Brian Ching for the weekly gong.
WATCH: Rafa's golazo
Ching's exquisite overhead bicycle kick goal [WATCH] earned 39.8 percent of the fans' votes in what turned out to be a two-horse race. Dallas' Brek Shea, Colorado's Pablo Mastroeni and Houston's Lovel Palmer earned a little more than 3.5 percent between them.
Márquez fearsome strike broke the deadlock and set the tone of a 4-1 drubbing of their East rivals. At around 10 yards back from the top of the D, the Mexican national team captain struck a first-time effort with the outside of his foot. The shot whistled past goalkeeper Stefan Frei and into the upper right corner of the frame.
Márquez and the Red Bulls handed Toronto their first home defeat of the season and opened up an 8-point lead over the third-placed Reds in the Eastern Conference standings. New York next host San Jose on Saturday.
2010 AT&T Goal of the Week Winners
Week 21: Rafa Marquez, New York Red Bulls
Week 20: Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake
Week 19: Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders
Week 18: Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia Union
Week 17: Ned Grabavoy, Real Salt Lake
Week 16: Roger Levesque, Seattle Sounders
Week 15: David Ferreira, FC Dallas
Week 14: Juninho, Los Angeles
Week 13: Juan Pablo Angel, New York Red Bulls
Week 12: Kei Kamara, Kansas City Wizards
Week 11: Leo Gonzalez, Seattle Sounders
Week 10: Shea Salinas, Philadelphia Union
Week 9: Dominic Oduro, Houston Dynamo
Week 8: Danny Mwanga, Philadelphia Union
Week 7: Logan Pause, Chicago Fire
Week 6: Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes
Week 5: Fredy Montero, Seattle Sounders FC
Week 4: Lovel Palmer, Houston Dynamo
Week 3: Marco Pappa, Chicago Fire
Week 2: Kenny Mansally, New England Revolution
Week 1: Javier Morales, Real Salt Lake