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Giovanni Savarese declares Dairon Asprilla's bicycle kick 'goal of the year'

Lizzy Becherano
Portland Timbers player Dairon Asprilla scored a sensational bicycle kick goal
Portland Timbers player Dairon Asprilla scored a sensational bicycle kick goal / Minas Panagiotakis/GettyImages

Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese has described Dairon Asprilla’s stunning bicycle kick as the “goal of the year” after praising the player for his steady contributions to the team throughout the 2021 season. 

Asprilla’s sensational goal secured the 2-0 victory for the Timbers against the San Jose Earthquakes and cemented their stance in fourth place on the Western Conference table. 

The goal is already being compared to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s form as Asprilla chipped the ball up and positioned himself outside of the box to bicycle kick it swiftly over the goalkeeper. 

After the match, fans voted his goal into SportsCenter’s Top 10.  

"Goal of the Year – that’s it," declared Timbers manager Giovanni Savarese. 

"I mean, unbelievable goal. He played very well. I think, if I’m not mistaken, his tenth of the year. Amazing, amazing and very important especially because it gave us the possibility to have the second goal which was much-needed."

The 29-year-old Colombian admitted during the post match press conference that the strike stood as a tribute to his recently departed father, whose image was on the shirt he wore under his jersey. 

"I thought a lot about my dad when I scored that goal," he said through an interpreter. 

"Just with all the adversity and how hard last year and 2020 was, I think that gave me strength to score a goal like that. I have my superhero, I’m wearing my superhero right here. He has been an example for me always since the beginning, and it says right here only you know how incredible it was to be your son. Love you, Dad."

Head coach Savarese took the chance to highlight the player’s recent accomplishment, emphasizing the overall impact he has made on the team. 

"Asprilla’s been having a very good year because we have said it many times, he has matured. He’s working, he’s giving us what we need. He’s been very constant and not only in the work that he has put in being important as a player to give us so many different things, but especially as I said before that he’s been prolific in scoring goals.

"And the goal today, that would be a Goal of the Year. He’s tried a few times in practice and finally he pulled it off in this game."