In Portland's fourth straight win over Seattle, it was their clutch performer and emotional center who showed up in the big moment yet again.
Love the article, love the sentiment, and I try not to be this guy a lot but...in an article (rightfully) praising Dairon Asprilla, you should probably get the spelling of his name right in the headline.
Dairon is the only Timber I can recall who was boo'd by our fans. He was wasting valuable time we needed in a comeback by sloooowly walking off the pitch. He was that player who was just a bit too good for T2, but never really seemed to try when with the first team. It's great to see the man and player he has become. As you said Sam, the emotional spark when we most desperately needed it - on more than one occasion. Even Taylor Twellman, who I swear hates us, had praises for Dairon. A very well written article Sam, for a very deserving Timber!
He and Diego Chara are very close off the field (treat each other like brothers, he is essentially an uncle to the Chara kids). I dare say the best of Diego rubbed off on Dairon.
We used to wait and hope that Asprilla would put it all together for a spurt in the season. The guy has been all over, T2, wing, striker, bench, starter, up, down, sideways but he just got better and better.
I was a little worried that it might take him a couple of months to come back after how sloppy he looked in the Vancouver game, but even before his goal he was so much better Saturday (not perfect, nobody is, but a lot better). Here is hoping he can maintain this level for the rest of the year - he has worked so hard, and this fan appreciates it.
Seeing Dairon grow from a consistent player for the past few seasons has been great to watch. I've been admittedly surprised every year before that he's still been on the squad but glad we stuck with him.
Excellent piece. Thanks. Someone needed to step up to turn around what looked to be a train wreck of a season, and Dairon did it. Fans will never forget. Now we'll see if this huge win was a catalyst for success. The Cincy match will tell us a lot. It's still going to be a very challenging season, especially with the monthlong tourney with Liga MX.