The Portland Timbers have waived Generation Adidas player Schillo Tshuma after a year and a half with the team. The Timbers' No 17 pick in the 2014 MLS Superdraft, Tshuma never quite found his footing with the Timbers; although he never played an MLS minute, Tshuma did make one appearance for the first team in their 2014 US Open Cup win over the Orlando City U-23s.
While Tshuma drew some praise from the team after some solid performances in the 2015 preseason, he has largely been a non-factor for the Timbers since then as he has struggled with form and injuries. Tshuma did make several appearances with T2 this season, notching an assist in ten appearances with the USL side.
It is not immediately apparent why the Timbers' would waive Tshuma, whose GA salary would not count against the Timbers' salary cap unless they needed to free up an international roster spot for newly arrived Argentine designated player Lucas Melano.
The Timbers' press release:
TIMBERS WAIVE FORWARD SCHILLO TSHUMA
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has waived forward Schillo Tshuma.
Tshuma, 22, has played the majority of the 2015 season on loan with USL side T2, appearing in 10 games (6 starts) and recording one assist.
A first-round pick (No. 17 overall) by the Timbers in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft as a Generation adidas player, Tshuma made his Timbers debut on June 17, 2014, in a 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against Orlando City U-23s, playing the final 10 minutes of a 3-0 win. During the 2014 regular-season, Tshuma appeared in 17 matches (15 starts) on loan with USL side Arizona United SC. He did not make a regular-season appearance for Portland.