Call it the “Almost Goal of the Year”.
Djimi Traore‘s attempts on goal have certainly proved dramatic for the Sounders (evidence here and here), and his bicycle kick in the second half of Sunday’s 2-0 road win in Montreal was no different. If you missed it, be sure to check out the replay.
His form was perfect, and it would’ve been a highlight shared around the world had it not been hit directly at Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
Not bad for a 34 year old.
Here was some reaction from the Sounders after Wednesday’s practice, including Traore himself:
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Djimi Traore: “I see the opportunity and I tried it, but I think I hit the ball too perfectly, otherwise the goalkeeper couldn’t save it. I try (these) sometimes in training, but my teammates always laugh when I try that kind of thing. Everybody was surprised — even myself.”
Sigi Schmid on if the Sounders are going to design a bicycle-kick play for Traore: “Yeah, we’re going to have a corner kick play. (Obafemi Martins) said just play the ball to him; he’ll flick it up to Djimi, and Djimi will get ready for the bike. But at his age, he can only do so many of those. It’s like one every two games, he says. No more.”
Lamar Neagle: “Amazing. Anywhere else that’s a goal, huh? I think he retires after that one, for sure … Just walks off. He said he would do five laps if that goes in, but I don’t think he could do five laps.”
Chad Marshall on the bar being setting for center-back bicycle kicks: “No, you will probably not see me doing that, not if you want to see me playing anymore. That was pretty impressive from a 34 year old.”
DeAndre Yedlin: “I loved that. I was surprised, though, because the ground was pretty hard at that field. I was surprised he got up from that without an injury. … He made great contract with that. I was pretty surprised.”