PORTLAND, Ore. – Forward Takayuki Suzuki’s goal against the Seattle Sounders on April 26 at PGE Park was named by fans as the Timbers 2008 Goal of the Year. Fans voted through a recent fan poll on www.portlandtimbers.com.
Suzuki, 32, scored his only goal of the season in the sixth minute to help the Timbers capture a 2-0 win over their Northwest rival. With five defenders in front of him, Suzuki blasted a long-range shot from the top right corner of the penalty area that sailed over goalkeeper Chris Eylander and into the top left corner of the goal. His strike was named the USL First Division’s Goal of the Week for Week 2.
View Suzuki’s goal and the others nominated for the Timbers 2008 Goal of the Year.
A former member of the Japanese National Team, Suzuki appeared in 26 matches and logged one goal and one assist in 1,760 minutes with the Timbers in 2008. He was selected as the league’s Player of the Week following his performance against Seattle in April. Suzuki has 55 caps and 11 goals to his credit with Japan’s National Team and competed in the 2002 World Cup.