As has long been speculated, the Portland Timbers announced the signing of Honduran striker Darixon Vuelto from Liga Nacional side C.D. Victoria. On loan, with an option to buy, Vuelto will be part of T2 for the 2018 USL campaign. The deal hinges on Vuelto’s receipt of a International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 visa, in addition to league and federation approval.
In an announcement from the club, general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson said, “We are excited to announce the addition of Darixon Vuelto to our T2 roster for the upcoming USL season.”
Wilkinson stated he believed the 20-year-old to have “considerable upside,” and that, “We look forward to continuing his development with an eye towards him becoming an impactful first-team player in the future.”
In three seasons with C.D. Victoria (2013-16), Vuelto made 46 appearances (34 starts) in Liga Nacional play, registering three goals. Vuelto spent the 2016-17 season with Segunda Division side Tenerife, but didn’t make an appearance.
The Timbers reportedly beat out Houston and FC Dallas for Vuelto who has been described as speedy, young attacker. Vuelto will join a Timbers team that is seeking to build a young core of attackers that includes 2017 SuperDraft pick Jeremy Ebobisse (21) and homegrown player Foster Langsdorf (22), and Victor Arboleda (21). Arboleda was promoted to the first-team from T2 at start of last season.