Frederic Piquionne joined the Portland Timbers just days before the start of the 2013 season. Though he re-signed with the team for 2014, after a couple months of minimal playing time Piquionne returned home to deal with what the team referred to as a "family emergency" and was recently waived at the same time as the Timbers signed Fanendo Adi on loan.
His time with the Timbers was brief, but Piquionne made sure it was memorable with one outstanding performance against the Wilmington Hammerheads in the U.S Open Cup. For Timbers fans who had experienced the pain of the 1-0 defeat to Cal FC a year prior and may have entered the stadium that night with some concerns, that match was cathartic. Piquionne eased everyone's anxiety with a goal less than two minutes in, and he didn't stop until halftime when he had put the Timbers up 4-0 and put all fear of a 2012 repeat to rest. Just for fun, here are the highlights:
The Wilmington win was his best showing for Portland, but Piquionne recorded an assist and another goal over the next two USOC matches and finished the MLS regular season with five assists, good enough for third on the team. When he was on the field, he was also probably the Timbers' most reliable set piece defender, something that earned him big points with me. His occasional fro, his crazy hops, and his ability to rip lower-division Open Cup opponents to shreds will all be missed.
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