The jury is in and their verdict is positive.
Portland Timbers have finally taken the plunge and signed Jose Adolfo Valencia to a multi-year MLS deal.
After arriving in Oregon, the Colombian forward was found to need knee surgery and did not play until making his debut in a reserve match against Seattle in September 2012 as a substitute for the last 20 minutes.
After that match, Timbers General Manager and then interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson had stated:
“Now we get to see that upside, and we get to keep him healthy and get him match-fit. So we’ll keep him here for as long as possible in the offseason, let him see his family for a little bit, and make a decision on his future with the club.”
Valencia was loaned to the Timbers by Independiente Santa Fe during the 2012 season with the contract to ‘take full effect’ once the surgery was deemed 100% successful according to Wilkinson, speaking after Valencia’s debut.
He will be added to the roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per league and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Today, Wilkinson was obviously less cautious and more ebullient about the player:
“As a club it is imperative that we take a young player with tremendous potential and help him develop into a proven player in MLS,” he said.
“The hope and belief is that he can deliver on his potential and fight for a starting position in 2013 and continue to grow into a star in this league. While his injury led to a disappointing season for Jose last year, he showed great resolve, and we are looking forward to his continued progress.”
Valencia will not count as a Young Designated Player, but will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster where he will compete with Nigerian international Bright Dike and Danny Mwanga for starts, assuming Kris Boyd’s departure.
The Timbers also added a defender today.
Ryan Miller returns to MLS after four seasons in Sweden, where he recently helped Halmstads BK regain promotion to the country’s top flight the Allsvenskan.
He will be added to the Timbers’ roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per league and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Miller becomes Portland’s third Ryan, with Ryan Johnson and Ryan Kawulok already on the roster.
Miller, 28, was originally selected by the Columbus Crew in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and after two seasons in MLS signed with Sweden’s Ljungskile SK in 2009. He then joined Halmstads BK in 2010 and became a key contributor for the club, appearing in 73 league matches over three seasons in Sweden’s top leagues per a club press release.