Vote today! Timbers 2010 Goal of the Year

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Timbers scored many memorable goals during the 2010 season. Game-winning strikes, creative build-ups and excellent finishes – the Timbers had them all. Cast your vote today for Timbers 2010 Goal of the Year in the Fan Poll.

After recommendations from fans and staff, the field for the Timbers 2010 Goal of the Year has been narrowed down to five finalists. Voting will end on Wednesday, Oct. 20, with the Goal of the Year honors announced on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Ryan Pore vs. Puerto Rico on Sept. 2 This goal is a new addition to the voting and has been added to the field as a candidate by popular demand. Pore’s game-winning goal against the Puerto Rico Islanders on Sept. 2 at PGE Park was a memorable moment for fans. Named, “The Sunflower Goal,” Pore’s headers came late in the match and took place during the signing of the song “You Are My Sunshine,” which is a game-day tradition at PGE Park. On this occasion, members of the Timbers Army brought hundreds of sunflowers to the club’s 2010 regular-season, home finale. While in chant with flowers held high, Pore heads in his 15th goal of the season.

Rodrigo Lopez vs. Boca Juniors on May 29 – It may have been an exhibition match, but the win over Boca Juniors snapped a five-game winless stretch for the Timbers in the month of May. Lopez, who came on as a second-half sub, provided an instant spark for the Timbers offense against the Argentine giants, assisting the game-tying goal at 2-2. On a free kick in second-half stoppage time, Lopez found the go-ahead goal to lift the Timbers to a 3-2 victory at PGE Park.

Futty Danso @ Vancouver on July 22 – During the 2010 season the Timbers had some key wins, but perhaps one of historical proportions was a 2-1 win July 22. In 10 seasons as a member of the United Soccer Leagues/USSF D-2 Pro League, the Timbers had just one win against the Whitecaps in Vancouver until that summer night this past season, when Danso rifled home the game-winner following a scramble inside the box. That 2-1 victory ended an 11-game winless run in B.C. and secured the 2010 Cascadia Cup.

Bright Dike vs. Baltimore on Aug. 29 – One of his multiple-goal performances during his rookie campaign, Dike helped seal a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace Baltimore with a brace at PGE Park. After a receiving a pass from midfield from Johan Claesson, Dike handled the rest and hammered a shot from the top of the box past goalkeeper Evan Bush into the top left corner, giving the Timbers a two-goal lead before the break. The win was part of a season-long, 10-game unbeaten streak to end the regular-season.

Kalif Alhassan @ Puerto Rico on Sept. 18 – A game-winning goal in second-half stoppage time by Alhassan lifted the Timbers to a 1-0 victory over the Puerto Rico Islanders on the road. Rodrigo Lopez found Alhassan, making his first start of the season since joining the Timbers in late August, down the right wing 25 yards out from goal. Alhassan spotted Puerto Rico goalkeeper Bill Gaudette off his line and he chipped the ball over Gaudette and tucked it inside the far side of the goal for the game-winning strike. Broadcaster John Strong called it the best goal he had seen from a member of the Timbers.