Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Portland inks quartet for inaugural season
October 19th, 2010 7:48PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, portland timbers, ussf division 2

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] The expansion Portland Timbers signed their first four players for the 2011 season, retaining Bright Dike, Steve Cronin and Ryan Pore from their D-2 Pro League team and picking up Englishman Eddie Johnson from the Austin Aztez, their D-2 rival. Pore, Johnson and Dike combined for 41 goals in 2010, while Cronin, still only 27, has experience starting in goal in MLS.

“Each one of these individuals has earned the right to join the Timbers in Major League Soccer and possesses qualities we are looking for from players in building the 2011 MLS team,” Technical Director Gavin Wilkinson said. “We are very excited to continue to build a competitive MLS squad in the coming weeks and months and believe these players represent a solid foundation.”

Cronin, 27, played the last two seasons for the Timbers after starting for the Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS in 2008.

Pore played 58 games for the Kansas City Wizards before joining the Timbers in 2009. He won the 2010 D-2 Pro League Golden Boot award with a league-best 15 goals.

Dike had 10 goals in his first season out of Notre Dame. He was the only first-round pick in the 2010 SuperDraft not to sign with an MLS team.

Johnson, 25, started his professional career with Manchester United at the age of 17, and played for five clubs in Belgium and England before heading to Austin for its debut campaign in 2009. He was a USL First Division All-League selection in 2009 and ranked second behind Pore in goals (14) in 2010.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 20] In case anyone had forgotten, the Galaxy is still to be reckoned with. ...
Galaxy turns out lights on Sounders    
[MLS: Monday] The power went out at CenturyLink Field in the second minute, and as far ...
What They're Saying: Louis van Gaal    
"When there is success, you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow ...
College soccer returns on NSCAATV    
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] The "NSCAA College Soccer Special presented by Continental Tire" will return for ...
Ibrahimovic scores wonder goal in Hong Kong    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Zlatan Ibrahimovic had the summer off because Sweden missed the World Cup, but ...
Sweet goal from Lewandowski as Bayern preps for U.S. tour     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazos] Bayern Munich, which faces the MLS All-Stars Aug. 6, has been getting some ...
2014 PDL All-Conference Teams    
[AWARDS] Golden Boot winner Dzenan Catic (16 goals) is among three Michigan Bucks players named to ...
Julian Green is happy where he is    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Should he stay or should he go? At 19 and still without any Bundesliga ...
Sacramento shatters USL PRO attendance mark    
[CROWD COUNT] After only nine games into its 14-game home schedule, Sacramento Republic FC has broken ...
U.S. U-17s fall to host Denmark    
[OPEN NORDIC TOURNAMENT] The U.S. under-17 national team lost its opening game at the Open Nordic ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives