The boys are back in town. Well, one of them, almost.
The Portland Timbers have acquired defender Jorge Villafaña from Liga MX side Santos Laguna using Targeted Allocation Money, the club announced in a press release today. Portland acquired the top allocation spot from the LA Galaxy in exchange for the number 16 position in the Allocation Ranking Order, $75,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) and $100,000 in 2019 TAM. Villafaña will be added to the roster as soon as his international transfer certificate clears.
Villafaña previously played with the Timbers in 2014 and 2015, winning the MLS Cup with the club in 2015. He made 33 regular-season appearances and six postseason starts in the 2015 campaign.
“Jorge played a critical role in helping our club win its first MLS Cup in 2015, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to Portland.” said Gavin Wilkinson in the press release. “He returns to the club as an even more experienced and seasoned professional, with his accomplishments with the U.S. National Team and his championship-winning success in Liga MX, and we look forward to his further contributions in his return to Portland.”
The announcement follows some other big transfer window news, of Vytas Andriuskevicius heading to DC United and, uh, this:
The big news you've all been waiting for— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) August 8, 2018
The Timbers have acquired $50,000 in General Allocation Money from the Montreal Impact in exchange for an international spot for the remainder of the 2018 season.
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This doesn’t look to be the last big announcement, either: