The Portland Timbers brought in young Nigerian striker Fanendo Adi on a short term loan with a reported option to buy today, giving the team another option up top in their previously thin strike-force. Adi, a 23 year-old, 6'4" center forward, comes to the Timbers from Denmark's FC Copenhagen where he was deemed surplus to the team's requirements after they signed a glut of strikers over the winter.
Since coming to Europe in 2009 as an 18 year-old, Adi has worked his way up through the lesser divisions of the continent, spending time in Slovakia, the Ukrainian first and second divisions, and the Danish second and third divisions before ending up with Copenhagen.
With Gaston Fernandez and Maximiliano Urruti providing the Timbers with two smaller options in the attack, Adi will give the team a bigger, more traditional look as a target striker, bringing a significant aerial ability to the team.
The length of Adi's loan has not yet been disclosed, but with speculation continuing that the Timbers will look to bring in a new designated player striker over the summer break, Adi could be with the Timbers anywhere from one to six months. Previous rumors had the Timbers with an option to buy, a staple of the Timbers' international loan dealings.
Adi will be able to play with the team on e the Timbers receive his P-1 visa.
The Timbers' press release:
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has acquired Nigerian forward Fanendo Adi on loan from Danish first-division side FC Copenhagen. He will be added to the Timbers’ roster upon receipt of his P-1 visa. Per league and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
"Fanendo is a young and ambitious player with UEFA Champions League experience and we feel that his acquisition on short-term loan, with the option to purchase, provides a great opportunity for both the player and our club," said Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson. "This loan allows us to add a quality player into the mix as we are always looking to develop our roster now and in the future."
Adi, 23, appeared in nine league matches (6 starts) for FC Copenhagen during the 2013-14 Danish Super Ligaen season, scoring three goals, including a tally in his debut for the club in a 1-1 draw against FC Vestsjælland on Aug. 25, 2013. The 6-foot-4 forward also featured in three group-stage matches during the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League tournament, earning a start in a 1-1 draw against Italian club Juventus and making substitute appearances against Real Madrid and Turkish club Galatasaray.
"Adi gives us another striker piece to further strengthen our roster," said Timbers head coach Caleb Porter. "His air play and ability to hold the ball as more of a target option will complement the qualities of our other players while providing a different dimension to our attack."
Prior to joining FC Copenhagen, Adi played for Slovakian second-division side AS Trenčín from 2009-11, registering 18 league goals in 41 matches. He tallied 11 goals during the 2010-11 season, helping AS Trenčín gain promotion to the first division before signing with Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk for the remainder of the 2010-11 Ukrainian first-division season.
Adi rejoined AS Trenčín for the 2012-13 season, appearing in 16 matches and scoring three goals. Starting the 2013-14 campaign with the Slovakian side, Adi tallied seven goals in just three league matches, including a pair of hat-tricks. In two separate stints with the club, Adi recorded 27 goals in 60 league matches.
Playing in the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League tournament, Adi tallied a brace to lead AS Trenčín to a 2-1 win against Swedish side IFK Göteborg in the deciding second-leg match of the second qualifying round. He registered another goal in the second leg of the third qualifying round as AS Trenčín played to a 2-2 draw with Romanian club Astra Giurgiu, falling 5-3 on aggregate.
Adi will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.
Pronunciation: fah-NEN-doe ah-dee
Born: Oct. 10, 1990, in Lagos, Nigeria
Last Club: FC Copenhagen
Acquired: Acquired on loan from Denmark’s FC Copenhagen on May 13, 2014
TIMBERS WAIVE FORWARD FREDERIC PIQUIONNE
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has waived forward Frederic Piquionne.
Piquionne, 35, was signed by the Timbers on Feb. 28, 2013. He appeared in 21 games (7 starts) during the 2013 MLS regular season, recording one goal and five assists.
In 2014, Piquionne made three substitute appearances for the Timbers.