The Portland Timbers have signed goalkeeper Chris Konopka, giving the club an experienced veteran to back up new No. 1 Jake Gleeson.
Konopka, 31, makes his return to Major League Soccer after spending the first half of 2016 with Scottish side Ross County.
A former keeper for Toronto FC from 2013 to 2015, Konopka had his option declined by TFC following the 2015 season and went through the league’s re-entry draft with being selected, leaving his rights available. Konopka claimed the starting job in Toronto from former Timber Joe Bendik for the 2015 season — one that included TFC’s first playoff appearance since joining MLS — and made 21 starts for the side.
Those 21 appearances were the most that Konopka has ever made for a side, having served as his side’s backup for most of his career, including stints with the Kansas City Wizards, New York Red Bulls, Colorado Rapids and Philadelphia Union in MLS, as well as Irish sides Sporting Fingal and Waterford United.
The Timbers press release:
TIMBERS SIGN GOALKEEPER CHRIS KONOPKA
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers have signed goalkeeper Chris Konopka, it was announced today.
Konopka, 31, began his professional career with the Kansas City Wizards in 2007, and also played for the New York Red Bulls (2011), Philadelphia Union (2012-13) and Toronto FC (2013-15) in six previous MLS seasons. A native of Toms River, N.J., Konopka made a career-high 21 appearances (21 starts) in 2015 with Toronto FC.
Konopka most recently played for Ross County FC in the Scottish Premiership, winners of the 2015-16 Scottish League Cup. Previously, Konopka played for Bohemian FC of the League of Ireland in 2008 and spent two additional seasons in Ireland with Sporting Fingal in 2009 and Waterford United in 2010.
Transaction: Portland Timbers sign goalkeeper Chris Konopka on July 28, 2016.
Height: 6-5Weight: 230
Born: April 14, 1985, in Toms River, N.J.
Last Club: Ross County FC
College: Providence College
Acquired: Signed on July 28, 2016