Today the Portland Timbers announced the acquisition of midfielder Tomas Conechny on loan from Superliga Argentina club San Lorenzo for the remainder of the 2018 season, with an option to buy. He will be added to the roster pending physical, his ITC (International Transfer Certificate) and his P-1 Visa. He’ll also take up an international roster spot.
Here’s what Timbers GM Gavin Wilkinson had to say about the 20 year-old midfielder.
“We are pleased to announce the addition of Tomas Conechny to our group during this summer transfer window,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers. “He is a player we have been following closely, and we believe he has a bright future ahead of him as a player who can play any of the attacking positions. We have been looking to add a young, talented and dynamic player and feel that, in Tomás, we have a player who can help contribute short-term, while also giving us a long-term solution in several positions. The opportunity to bring him to Portland was a unique one, and the fact he had already been watched live many times made this possible when we had to move quickly to acquire him.”
So far for San Lorenzo, he’s been in the squad 19 times, while starting 3 and making 11 appearances off the bench. In that time, he played over 400 minutes and didn’t notch a goal or an assist in Argentina.
Coach Giovanni Savarese also weighed in on his new player who will be expected to help out at several different attacking positions.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to include Tomas Conechny at this juncture in the season,” said Giovanni Savarese, head coach of the Timbers. “Tomas provides our club with another quality young player, and we look forward to working with him daily to maximize his development. He is a player who possesses very good attacking elements for his age, and we believe he has the tools to become a dangerous attacker in this league moving forward.”
On the international stage, Conechny has earned 21 caps (14 starts) at the youth levels for Argentina, representing his native country at the 2015 U-17 Sudamericano, the 2015 U-17 FIFA World Cup, the 2017 U-20 Sudamericano and the 2017 U-20 FIFA World Cup. Overall, Conechny has scored seven goals at the youth levels for Argentina, including a five-goal production at the 2015 U-17 Sudamericano in Paraguay, which ranked as a team-high during the tournament.
Pronunciation: toh-MAS co-NETCH-nee
Born: March 30, 1998, in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
Last Club: San Lorenzo
Acquired: Acquired from San Lorenzo on loan on July 17