Our soccer history, tradition and people make this community special. Be it the athleticism of our players or the creativity and passion of our supporters, the Timbers are one-of-a-kind.
On or off the field, attributes like quickness, agility, vision and tempo help drive performance — ultimately, skills that all of us use every day. This set of six digital games, launching throughout the month, is developed to test these skills against our experts. Whether you have been to every match or just one, see how you stack up.
Striking an accurate and powerful volley is arguably the hardest skill to perfect in soccer — a hallmark of a great striker. Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe scored MLS' 2011 Goal of the Year off of a volley.
“Technique is the most important thing to executing a good volley,” said Nagbe. “As the ball is in the air, you have to judge it properly to make sure it hits the right part of your foot. If you do that, the ball will fly off it” towards goal.