Portland Timbers forward scores Puskas Award contender

Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla scored an incredible bicycle kick during his side’s 2-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer on Wednesday.

With the score at 1-0 after 57 minutes, the Colombian added some more gloss to the scoreline – and in some style.

He originally attempted to run on to a long ball, only to see opposing goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski get there first. However, Marcinkowski wasn’t able to gather the ball cleanly, and Asprilla managed to tackle him and win the ball back.

With his back to goal, the 29-year-old decided to flick the ball in the order and attempt an audacious bicycle kick. He caught it perfectly, and the ball took one bounce before landing in the back of the net.

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It turns out that Asprilla has history for this kind of incredible skill. The Portland Timbers official Twitter account posted footage of the Colombian scoring a remarkably similar goal for their reserve side back in 2019.

Now, we’ve seen plenty of Puskas Award contenders already this season. Just take a look at these two strikes from Notts County’s Eli Sam and Lorient’s Armand Lauriente.

Could Asprilla’s goal be added to the list of contenders? It was certainly a special strike.

The 29-year-old now has 10 goals from 32 appearances this season – his highest-ever MLS tally.

Portland Timbers currently sit fourth in the Western Conference of MLS, having won eight of their last 12 games. They are currently one of seven teams in position to qualify for the last 16 of the MLS playoffs, with conference leaders Sporting Kansas City in position to qualify for the quarter-finals.

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