The Portland Timbers announced the signing of two players from Argentina and a “home-grown” player. The new additions consist of a striker and two defenders.
Gaston Fernandez, or commonly know as “La Gata,” is the Argentine striker that will join the team pending his International Transfer Certificate and visa. The thirty-year-old player has competed in the first divisions in both Argentina and Mexico.
Norberto Paparatto will join the Timbers pending his ITC and visa, too. The six-foot-three defender is coming from Argentina’s first division Club Atletico Tigre.
Bryan Gallego is a defender joining the Timbers and is a former University of Akron player.
Michael Orr is a soccer analyst with Sports Blog Nation. He says the new players will help the Timbers in a continental tournament they’re playing this year 2014.
“These moves, they’re very tailored toward a specific competition where they’re going to have experience against not necessarily the specific teams and the specific opponents that they’ll play, but more the style of play that’s prevalent in Mexico and Central America,” says Orr.
Forward Jose Valencia was also loaned to an Argentine club for the season.