If you have to lose, may as well do it in style.
Las Vegas Lights FC were defeated 3-1 by Portland Timbers 2 in a United Soccer League game on Saturday night during which the local side allowed the leader in the clubhouse for goal of the year in the USL — an outrageous bicycle kick by Portland’s Dairon Asprilla in the 74th minute.
— Portland Timbers 2 (@TimbersFC2) March 24, 2019
After receiving a short pass with his chest, Asprilla knocked the ball in the side of the net with a spectacular maneuver from just inside the 18-yard box.
A logo on the front of Asprilla’s jersey said: “Stand Together.” Which is just what the crowd did after his stunning goal.
As Portland Timbers 2 posted on its Twitter account: “It doesn’t get much sweeter than this. Take a bow @daironasprilla.”
To which Las Vegas coach Eric Wynalda responded: “Great goal — #respect.”
Lights FC, 0-2-1, will host Real Monarchs SLC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cashman Field.
— Eric Wynalda (@EricWynalda) March 24, 2019