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T2 Add Four More

T2 signed four additional players just two days ahead of their season opener against Swope Park Rangers.

Today, T2 has announced the additions of four more players to their 2016 roster. Another young prospect joins the team, as well as some additional players with USL experience.

Colombian forward Victor Arboleda is the most intriguing signing of the four. Our own Chris Rifer goes into detail on the newest T2 prospect.

The other three signings include US youth international midfielder Christian Duarte; Guatemalan midfielder Irving Garcia; and defender/midfielder (previous with LA Galaxy II) Steve Palacios.

Arboleda,19, joins a T2 attack full of talented prospects and competition for minutes along the front line. Duarte and Palacios are both only 22 years old and continue the trend of T2 finding young players who have experience within the professional game. Irving Garcia, 28, brings both experience to the side having previously played for Orange County Blues in the USL.

Press Release from Timbers 2:


– T2 have signed forward/midfielder Victor Arboleda, midfielder Christian Duarte, midfielder Irving Garcia and defender/midfielder Steve Palacios, it was announced today. Both Arboleda and Garcia will be added to the T2 roster pending the receipt of their International Transfer Certificates (ITC). 

Arboleda, 19, joins T2 from Primera Division side Deportivo Cali in Colombia, scoring two goals in eight appearances for the club. Arboleda scored his first professional goal in a 2-0 win against América de Cali in the Copa Colombia on March 5, 2015. As a youth international, Arboleda has played at the U-15 and U-17 level for Colombia, tallying one goal in three games at the U17 South American Championship. 

Duarte, 22, played at California State University-Bakersfield (2012-15). As a senior, Duarte appeared in 19 matches (all starts), tallying six goals and two assists for the Roadrunners and earned first team all-region and all-conference honors. As a youth international, Duarte has played with the U.S. U-17 and U-20 national teams.

Garcia, 28, previously played for FC Rosario in Guatemala during the 2015 season. During his career, Garcia also had stints with Antigua GFC in Guatemala and the Los Angeles Blues, now Orange County Blues FC in USL. 

Palacios, 22, spent the 2015 season with USL side LA Galaxy II after closing out his collegiate career at Cal Poly in 2014. In four seasons for the Mustangs, Palacios appeared in 66 games (43 starts), tallying two goals in 18 games as a senior in 2014. Additionally, Palacios played for PDL sides Ventura County Fusion (2013, 2014) and Orange County Blue Star (2012).

T2 will open the 2016 USL season on the road against Swope Park Rangers on Saturday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m.(Pacific) with a live web stream available at

Following their USL regular-season opener against Swope Park Rangers, T2 will play host to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in their home opener on Saturday, April 2, at Merlo Field; kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (Pacific). Season tickets, starting at $8 per game, for T2 home matches are now on sale at or by calling (503) 553-5555. Single-game tickets for T2 home games are available at the Providence Park box office, online, and on game day at the venue box office.

Victor Arboleda

Position: Forward/Midfielder 
Height: 5-7
Weight: 145
Born: Jan. 1, 1997
Hometown: El Cerrito, Colombia
Last Club: Deportivo Cali (Colombia) 
Citizenship: Colombia
Acquired: Signed on March 24, 2016

Christian Duarte
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-7        
Weight: 150
Born: Feb. 22, 1994
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Last Club: CSU-Bakersfield
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed on March 24, 2016

Irving Garcia
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-5
Weight: 140
Born: Feb. 4, 1988
Hometown: Yuma, Ariz.
Last Club: FC Rosario (Guatemala) 
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed on March 24, 2016

Steve Palacios
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Height: 6-0
Weight: 160
Born: May 20, 1993
Hometown: San Clemente, Calif.
Last Club: LA Galaxy II (USL) 
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed on March 24, 2016

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