Nigeria youth international Akinjide Idowu has scored his first goal for Portland Timbers of the United States as they defeated Oregon State 4-0 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday at Timbers’ Providence Park Stadium.
The 19-year old started from the bench for the Timbers’ second team, the T2, in the friendly against the Oregon State side, who play in the United States University league but was introduced after 60 minutes and within 10 minutes of his introduction, blasted in a ferocious shot from 33-yards to break the deadlock.
Timbers had won a corner-kick and it was quickly cleared by the Oregon State defence but it was far from safety as Idowu, standing just ahead two other defenders as they attacked the corner, received the loose ball from 33-yards and without attempting to control, blasted it past the Oregon goalkeeper who was left bemused with the ferocity of the shot as it landed right at the top corner.
The goal after 70 minutes was Idowu’s first since he joined the club in January, and it opened the floodgates for Timbers as Kharlton Belmar’s brace and Seth Casiple’s goal settled the game as they ran out 4-0 winners.
Speaking exclusively to fcnaija after the game, Idowu admitted the goal also came as a surprise to him.
“I must confess that the goal also came as a bit of surprise to me,” he admitted. “I just saw the ball coming and I took a one-time shot and it landed in the back of the net,” he added.
Idowu joined the Portland Timbers’ second team, T2, in January from Nigeria youth soccer academy after representing Nigeria at both the U17 and U20 World Cups in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
The T2 play in the lower division, known as the United Soccer League (USL), and their season starts on March 25. He is however also expected to feature for the Timbers’ main team, who are champions of the MLS.