Another trade has been confirmed by the Portland Timbers. The club will send defender Marco Farfan to LAFC in exchange for $300,000 in General Allocation Money. The move was reported earlier this month by ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle.
At 18 years old, Farfan was the youngest player signing in team history. He was also the first product of the Timbers academy to sign a homegrown contract back in 2016. Now 22, Farfan has made 37 appearances (24 starts) during his time with the club. In 2020 he made 14 appearances with nine starts during the regular season. He also scored one goal in 57 appearances (56 starts) with Portland Timbers 2 in the USL.
Quotes on the Farfan Trade:
“It’s been a dream playing for my hometown club and being part of the Portland Timbers’ organization since 2015. I am thankful for the fans and everyone involved who gave me the opportunity to step on the field and wear the green and gold. I’m very proud of the group accomplishments and the individual lessons learned these last few years, but I am also excited for the future and the next chapter in my career.”
Gavin Wilkinson, president and general manager of Timbers soccer:
“I have known Marco for the better part of 20 years and to see his growth as a player and a person is remarkable. He is an incredible young man that has set the bar very high for every player coming through our academy. We understand Marco’s desire to seek a new challenge and wish him all the success in world.”
Giovanni Savarese, head coach:
“We are proud of the progress that Marco has made here at the Timbers, starting at the academy to playing more minutes this year. We will support the sentiment of a player if he needs a new challenge and are thankful for everything he has given us over the years.”