MLS: Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla scores an audacious bicycle kick to secure 2-0 victory


‘Simply spectacular’: Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla scores an audacious bicycle kick to secure 2-0 victory and eliminate 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 on 34 minutes from a low cross
  •  Dairon Asprilla doubled Portland’s lead 10 minutes into the second-half
  •  San Jose keeper JT Marcinkowski fumbled with the ball, spilling it to Asprilla
  • The forward then knocked it up with his back to goal to score a bicycle kick


Portland Timbers Dairon Asprilla scored an instant goal of the year contender as he found the net with a striking bicycle kick as they 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 cling on to fourth place in the MLS Western Conference with two games remaining.

Asprilla helped his side take a big step closer to the play-offs as he doubled their lead 10 minute into the second-half. 

Dairon Asprilla scored an audacious bicycle kick to secure a 2-0 win for Portland Timbers

Dairon Asprilla scored an audacious bicycle kick to secure a 2-0 win for Portland Timbers

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

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

The Colombian left fans astounded with a spectacular finish after San Jose goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski’s shocker. 

Marcinkowski came racing out of goal to handle a harmless ball but he fumbled, spilling it out of his area into the waiting path of Asprilla. 

The forward was ready to pounce as he gathered the ball with his back to goal before knocking the ball up and executing a bicycle kick from 20 yards out that would have made even Zlatan Ibrahimovic proud.

San Jose goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski fumbled and spilled a harmless ball into Asprilla's path

San Jose goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski fumbled and spilled a harmless ball into Asprilla’s path 

The forward gathered the ball from 20 yards out to flick it up and strike home airbourne

The forward gathered the ball from 20 yards out to flick it up and strike 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 goal sent the American commentators wild as they described it as ‘simply spectacular’.

‘Mr October take a bow,’ they said as the ball found the net.

‘You have just seen one of the best goals ever scored at Providence Park and it’s by a man who is having himself some season.

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

‘A ball in. That just gets away from Marcinkowski. It’s an awful mistake from him but the innovation, the creativeness of this from Asprilla, to understand his whereabouts. 

‘The level of difficulty is at an all time high but this man just pulled off the spectacular. One of the best moments I have seen in this stadium.’

Marcinkowski came racing out of his goal to meet the ball but spooned it out of his area

Marcinkowski came racing out of his goal to meet the ball but spooned it out of his area

The Timbers victory sees them take one step closer to the MLS play-offs  as they sit in fourth

The Timbers victory sees them take one step closer to the MLS play-offs  as they sit in fourth

Asprilla’s celebrations as he leapt on to 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-offs hopes alive, looked threatening early on. 

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

Edouardo Lopez almost pulled off an effort from well within his own half that forced Clark to scramble back to paw to ball away. 

But Portland stole the lead on 34 minutes when Diego Chara opened the scoring as a series of neat passes around the box saw a low driven cross find the midfielder.

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

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

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

Forward Felipe Moura (left) celebrates Chara's goal after providing the assist for the midfielder

Forward Felipe Moura (left) celebrates Chara’s goal after providing the assist for the midfielder

The Earthquakes came into the game in 10th place in the Western conference coming off a 1-1 draw at home with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday but saw their play-off dreams crushed as the 2-0 defeat eliminated them from contention.

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

Portland, who fell to the Whitecaps 3-2 last week, were eliminated in the first round last season but sit just four points above the play-off line this term. 

Meanwhile, Kansas City, Seattle and Colorado have already clinched their post-season spots, while Vancouver are snapping at Portland’s heels just two points behind. 

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

Portland sit four points above the play-off line in the Western Conference with two games left

Portland sit four points above the play-off line in the Western Conference with two games left

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