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Top 5 Timbers Goals Part 1

When there’s not a lot to talk about (or even when there is) we can always talk goals! Here’s our pick for the top 5 in Timbers history!

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

5. Jack Jewsbury

In 2012 Jack Jewsbury decided to have a pop from 30+ yards out against the Whitecaps. After a layoff from Franck Songo’o the captain decided to let it fly. Catching it perfectly with the laces it flew into the top corner giving the keeper a slim prayer at getting a hand to it. It would prove to be the game-winner and also won the Timbers the Cascadia Cup for the season.

4. Diego Valeri

It took El Maestro 14 minutes to notch his first goal for the Timbers. In the season opener against New York Red Bulls, Valeri controlled a one-time pass from Kalif Alhassan on top of the box. The ball bounced up awkwardly but Valeri touch another touch before controlling it off his chest and deftly guiding it with the outside of his foot past the Red Bulls keeper. It would be the first of many in Valeri’s Timbers career.

3. Diego Chara

He doesn’t get many but when they come they are worth waiting for. Diego Chara’s brace for the Timbers in 2014 makes the list at number 3. Both from long range, the double strike was especially memorable because they came in a 4-4 draw against the Sounders at Providence Park.

2. Will Johnson

Captain Will Johnson scored a memorable goal in 2014 against Vancouver with a brilliant volley. Although the Timbers would lose the game 4-3, the brilliance of Fanendo Adi makes this goal a thing of pure beauty. Down 4-2 in the 86th minute, Valeri launched a high ball towards the big striker form the halfway line. Adi took the ball straight out of the air off his chest before juggling it once and flicking it over the backline for an oncoming Johnson who, perfectly in stride, struck the ball with his left foot past the keeper. The ball didn’t touch the ground from the moment it left Valeri’s boot tot he moment it hit the back of the net. The assist was arguably a more difficult technique than the strike and the combination of the of the two pieces of play land this goal at number 2.

1. Darlington Nagbe

There was never going to be any other goal at number 1. The MLS has seen few better goals over the years. The Timbers inaugural season had few bright spots but Nagbe’s goal against Sporting Kansas City winning MLS Goal of the Year was definitely one of them. A cross was punched clear by KC’s keeper only as far as Nagbe just outside the box. Controlling it out of the air before juggling it again, he volleyed it on a beam straight into the top corner. It was a spectacular piece of skill and improvisation to score a quite amazing goal. All opinions are welcome but we won’t budge on this goal: it’s the best in Timbers history.