Thursday was a busy day for youngsters in the Timbers system. Along with the signings of Victor Arboleda and Rennico Clarke, two young, international prospects brought in to be nurtured at T2, the Timbers also announced they have signed Kendall McIntosh to a first-team contract and brought Jack Barmby back for a second season in the Rose City.
McIntosh, 22, an alumnus of Santa Clara University, came to T2 last season after failing to pick up an MLS deal out of college. Originally the backup to Wade Hamilton, McIntosh took over in goal when Hamilton was called into first-team backup action after Adam Kwarasey went down with an injured finger. Macintosh seized the opportunity, starting the bulk of T2’s games throughout the summer and fall while helping to stabilize a defense that was leaky throughout mush of the spring and summer.
The Timbers signed Barmby, also 22, to the first team last season out of Leicester City’s system to provide depth at left back and on the wings. His debut at left back at Orlando went poorly, however, and Barmby initially struggled to break into a rotation on the wing that provided plenty of opportunity for a player to earn playing time.
As the summer progressed, however, so did Barmby, who used U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League games to show the strides that he made over the course of the season. Initially seen as a left back and left winger, Barmby put in promising shifts on the right wing, where his ability to invert and come into the center of the field revealed a playmaking ability that wasn’t initially apparent.
With the signings the Timbers’ roster now sits at 21 players, with the MLS SuperDraft coming up on Friday and at least one more major signing on the wing still outstanding.