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Timbers Sign Danny O'Rourke

The (almost) 31-year-old defender joins the team after training in Portland for several weeks.

Jonathan Ferrey

After training with the Portland TimbersDanny O'Rourke has joined the club in a full-time capacity. The Timbers today announced that the 30-year-old (he'll be 31 on Saturday) defender has joined the club but per league and team policy, didn't disclose the details of contract length of value. O'Rourke is expected to be available in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the game against Chivas USA. He'll wear no. 25.

A veteran of nine MLS seasons, including stints with San Jose Earthquakes and Red Bull New York, O'Rourke is best known for his seven years with Columbus Crew. He won an MLS Cup under Sigi Schmid in 2008 and played in the CONCACAF Champions League with Columbus. O'Rourke started 19 of the 22 games in which he appeared for the Crew last season before his release under the Gregg Berhalter regime change.

O'Rourke joins a growing list of players with collegiate ties to Caleb Porter. Though he is not part of the University of Akron crew that includes Darlington Nagbe, Steve Zakuani, Michael Nanchoff and Ben Zemanski, O'Rourke is from Columbus, Ohio and played at the University of Indiana where Porter was an assistant coach in the early aughts.

Whether O'Rourke will immediately join the Timbers starting line-up remains to be seen, but with Michael Harrington still nursing an ankle injury, Alvas Powell suspended and unproven or unsuccessful commodities across the back line, it's certainly a strong possibility. Porter has previously mentioned that O'Rourke can play in any defensive position or as a holding midfielder.

Here's the Timbers' press release:

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has signed experienced MLS defenderDanny O’Rourke. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

O’Rourke, a veteran of nine MLS seasons and 188 career appearances (176 starts) in the league, joins the Timbers after making 22 appearances (19 starts) for the Columbus Crew during the 2013 season, logging 1,723 minutes of action. Drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, O’Rourke, 30, played one season with San Jose (2005) and one with New York (2006) before joining Columbus.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, O’Rourke spent seven seasons with his hometown club (2007-13) appearing in 147 regular-season matches and making six starts for the club during postseason play, helping the Crew win the 2008 MLS Cup as well as the MLS Supporters’ Shield in back-to-back seasons (2008-09).

Earning CONCACAF Champions League experience while helping the Crew reach the quarterfinal round during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 tournament, O’Rourke ranks seventh all-time in career starts (137) for Columbus. The 2004 MAC Hermann Trophy winner as the nation’s top college soccer player also helped lead Columbus to the final of the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Danny O’Rourke
Pronunciation: oh-ROARK
Position: Defender
Height: 6-0
Weight: 165
Born: May 31, 1983, in Columbus, Ohio
Last Club: Columbus Crew
College: Indiana University
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed May 27, 2014