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MLS: Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla scores a bold bike kick to secure 2-0 win

‘Simply Spectacular’: Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla scores a bold bike kick to secure a 2-0 win and eliminate the San Jose Earthquakes from play-off contention

  • Portland Timbers beat San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 in the MLS Western Conference
  • Midfielder Diego Chara opened the scoring in the 34th minute from a low cross
  • Dairon Asprilla doubled Portland’s lead within 10 minutes of the second half
  • San José goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski lost the ball and spilled it on Asprilla
  • The forward then threw him with his back to the goal to score a bicycle kick.


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Portland Timbers Dairon Asprilla scored an instant contender of the year goal when he found the net with a surprising bicycle kick while eliminated the San Jose Earthquakes from play-off contention with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday.

The Timbers ended their three-game losing streak to hold on to fourth place in the MLS Western Conference with two games remaining.

Asprilla helped his team take a big step into the play-offs by doubling their lead within 10 minutes of the second half.

Dairon Asprilla scored a bold bike kick to secure a 2-0 win for Portland Timbers

Dairon Asprilla scored a bold bike kick to secure a 2-0 win for Portland Timbers

Portland's 2-0 win sees them cling to fourth place as the San Jose Earthquakes were eliminated

Portland's 2-0 win sees them cling to fourth place as the San Jose Earthquakes were eliminated

Portland’s 2-0 win sees them cling to fourth place as the San Jose Earthquakes were eliminated

The Colombian fans stunned with a spectacular shot after the surprise of San José goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski.

Marcinkowski ran out of the goal to handle a harmless ball, but lost the ball and spilled it out of his area on Asprilla’s waiting path.

The forward was ready to jump as he scooped up the ball with his back to the goal before lifting the ball and executing a 20-meter bike kick that would have made even Zlatan Ibrahimovic proud.

San José goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski fumbled and threw a harmless ball into Asprilla's path.

San José goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski fumbled and threw a harmless ball into Asprilla's path.

San José goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski fumbled and threw a harmless ball into Asprilla’s path.

The forward picked up the ball from 20 yards to pick it up and hit home airbourne.

The forward picked up the ball from 20 yards to pick it up and hit home airbourne.

The forward picked up the ball from 20 yards to pick it up and hit home airbourne.

The Colombian found the net in the second half to double Portland's lead at Providence Park

The Colombian found the net in the second half to double Portland's lead at Providence Park

The Colombian found the net in the second half to double Portland’s lead at Providence Park

The goal freaked out American commentators as they described it as “simply spectacular.”

“Mr. October, take a bow,” they said when the ball found the net.

“You just saw one of the best goals ever scored at Providence Park and it’s from a man who’s having fun for a season.

‘When you go back and look at this season in its entirety, this will be the poster for it.

“Get a ball in.” That escapes Marcinkowski. It is a terrible mistake on their part, but the innovation, the creativity of this from Asprilla, to understand his whereabouts.

“The difficulty level is at an all-time high, but this man just achieved the spectacular. One of the best moments I’ve seen in this stadium. ‘

Marcinkowski ran out of his goal to receive the ball, but got it out of his area.

Marcinkowski ran out of his goal to receive the ball, but got it out of his area.

Marcinkowski ran out of his goal to receive the ball, but got it out of his area.

The Timbers' victory sees them move one step closer to the MLS play-offs when they sit in fourth place.

The Timbers' victory sees them move one step closer to the MLS play-offs when they sit in fourth place.

The Timbers’ victory sees them move one step closer to the MLS play-offs when they sit in fourth place.

Asprilla’s celebrations when he jumped over the barriers to enjoy the moment with the fasn earned him a yellow card, but it was arguably worth it.

San Jose, who needed a win to keep their own play-off hopes alive, looked threatening from the start.

Former Timber Jeremy Ebobisse, on his first return to Providence Park, came close twice, missing the target before forcing a save from Steve Clark.

Edouardo López was about to make an effort from within his own half that forced Clark to step back to kick the ball.

But Portland stole the lead in the 34th minute when Diego Chara opened the scoring when a series of clean passes around the box saw a low cross that found the midfielder.

The Earthquakes had never won at Providence Park and their hoodoo was set to continue when Asprilla added the second and 10th Timbers of the season in the 55th minute.

Diego Chara (right) opened the scoring with a low cross into the box from the right

Diego Chara (right) opened the scoring with a low cross into the box from the right

Diego Chara (right) opened the scoring with a low cross into the box from the right

Forward Felipe Moura (left) celebrates Chara's goal after assisting the midfielder

Forward Felipe Moura (left) celebrates Chara's goal after assisting the midfielder

Forward Felipe Moura (left) celebrates Chara’s goal after assisting the midfielder

The Earthquakes entered the game in 10th place in the Western conference after a 1-1 draw at home with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, but saw their play-off dreams crushed when a 2-0 loss knocked them out of the league. contest.

San Jose reached the play-offs last season, ending a two-year postseason drought, but lost to Sporting Kansas City on penalties in the first round.

Portland, which fell to the Whitecaps 3-2 last week, was eliminated in the first round last season but is just four points above the play-off line this season.

Meanwhile, Kansas City, Seattle and Colorado have already secured their postseason spots, while Vancouver is hot on Portland’s heels just two points behind.

The Earthquakes saw the return of defenders Marcos Lopez and Nathan after they had to wait for a yellow card accumulation game.

Portland sits four points above the play-off line in the Western Conference with two games to play.

Portland sits four points above the play-off line in the Western Conference with two games to play.

Portland sits four points above the play-off line in the Western Conference with two games to play.

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