5. Dairon Asrpilla
In the 2015 MLS Playoffs Dairon Asprilla hit an absolutely worldly goal for the Timbers against FC Dallas. A poor clearance from the Dallas backline landed at the feet of Asprilla who feinted past a defender to create space for a shot from around 25 yards out. The initial trajectory of the shot fooled the keeper and he was left to watch it sail into the far top corner. It was a classy goal with a celebration to match!
4. Darlington Nagbe
In 2013 at JELD-WEN Field Nagbe conjured up some real magic and showed once again why he is one of the best players in Timbers history. After receiving a pass in the box from Kalif Alhassan, Nagbe took a first touch away from goal then swiveled himself in such an athletic and balanced way that he was able to find the right angle to bend a shot to the far post and confuse the daylights out of the Dallas keeper and the rest of the defense. Nagbe’s sense of where the posts were the whole time was stunning and the finish was of the highest caliber. In terms of quick thinking and innovation you’d be hard-pressed to find a better goal.
3. Brian Fernandez
Another tantalizing glimpse at what might have been and the agony of potential wasted. While Brian Fernandez has scored his final goal in the MLS, he left us several memories that will carry on for some time. Perhaps his best goal was the team effort goal he scored against the Philadelphia Union. After dispossessing the Union in midfield, the trio of Chara, Valeri and Fernandez broke down the Union defense in a 3v3 situation. After passing hteir way through the backline Chara had only the keeper to beat but instead, laid the ball into the path of Fernandez who finished the move to complete a beautiful team goal.
2. Samuel Armenteros
Another player who had a sizable impact in a short stint in Portland was Samuel Armenteros. The Swede scored 8 goals for the Timbers in 2018, none better than his magical first touch and finish against the Rapids in a 3-2 victory. It may be a cheap version, but Dennis Bergkamp’s signature touch and finish comes to mind. Blanco finds the feet of the meaty striker who deftly flicks the ball around the defender before finishing into the far side of the goal beyond a hapless Tim Howard. A worthy strike for the number 2 spot.
1. Sebastian Blanco
By popular demand...Blanco’s screamer against Sporting KC. When the man gets the ball on the left side of the field he has one thing on his mind: get into a shooting position. He skips past Roger Espinoza and settles for 25 yards out. The ball is on a rope and dips perfectly under the crossbar to put the Timbers up 1-0.
Enjoy the goals and don’t forget to vote on Wednesday!