It's not easy to stun the Portland Timbers fans into silent awe, but Columbus Crew SC attacker Federico Higuain did just that on Sunday with a remarkable bicycle-kick goal in the 68th minute of the clubs' season-opening clash.
It's not just the beauty of the shot that drew gasps, but also the set-up touch. Ethan Finlay's initial cross deflected and appeared to be floating behind Higuain. But the Argentine adjusted his body, got a touch on the ball, bouncing it straight down into the ground, and executed a text-book overhead kick past goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey.
Immediately, the Timbers Army behind the goal grew quiet, as eerie a sound as you'll ever hear at Providence Park. We imagine it was out of respect for what they had just seen.