MLS Trade Central: Timbers sign Ghanaian winger

The Portland Timbers have acquired winger Ishmael Yartey on loan from French Ligue 2 club Sochaux. He will occupy a senior international slot on the Timbers’ roster.

The 25-year-old native of Swedru, Ghana had been on loan to Swiss club Sion, for which he made 27 appearances. He signed with Sochaux, then of Ligue 1, in 2012 and played 15 matches for the club. He started his pro career under contract to Portuguese club Benfica in 2009 and during the 2011-12 season on loan to Servette he scored eight goals in 31 Swiss League matches. Also on his resume are loan stints with Portuguese clubs Beira-Mar (2009-10; 2010-11) and Fatima (2010). The loan deal with MLS includes an option to buy.

Yartety (5-foot-7, 155 pounds) played in seven games for Ghana at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007 in which his country finished fourth. He has not played for the senior team.

-- The Chicago Fire acquired midifelder Victor Perez via loan from Spanish Segunda Division club Real Valladolid.

Chicago Fire
IN:
M Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire Acad.-HG)
F Kennedy Igboananike (AIK, Sweden)
D/M Joevin Jones (W Connection, Trin. & Tobago)
M Michael Stephens (Stabaek, Norway)
D Eric Gehrig (Orlando City)
F David Accam (Helsingborg, Sweden)
D Patrick Doody (Indiana Univ.)
D Adailton (Bahia, Brazil)
F Guly (Southampton, England)
M Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic, England)
GK Jon Busch (San Jose)
D Matt Polster
(SIU-Edwardsville)
M Kingsley Bryce
(Saint Louis Univ.)
M Victor Perez
(on loan from Real Valladolid, Spain)

OUT:
M Logan Pause (retired)
F Robert Earnshaw (waived/Chicago)
F Matt Fondy (waived/Louisville City)
D Marco Franco (waived/Indy Eleven)
D Patrick Ianni (retired)
M Benji Joya (Santos, Mexico -- loan return)
D Hunter Jumper (option declined)
D Steven Kinney (option declined)
F Florent Sinama-Pongolle (waived)
M Grant Ward (Tottenham, England -- loan return)
D Bakary Soumare (Montreal)
M Sanna Nyassi (San Jose)
F Juan Luis Anangono (Leones Negros, Mexico)
GK Kyle Reynish (NY Red Bulls)
D Gonzalo Segares (retired)
F Victor Pineda (waived/Indy Eleven)

Colorado Rapids
IN:
F Caleb Calvert (Chivas USA)
D Michael Harrington (Portland)
F Dimitry Imbongo (New England)
F Geoffrey Castillion (New England)
D Bobby Burling (Chivas USA)
GK Zac MacMath (on loan from Philadelphia)
D Axel Sjoberg (Marquette Univ.)
M Marcelo Sarvas (LA Galaxy)
M Sam Cronin (San Jose)
M Lucas Pittinari (on loan from Belgrano, Argentina)
M Juan Ramirez (Argentinos Juniors, Argentina)
F Dominique Badji (Boston Univ.)
D Paul Riley (LA Galaxy)
F Kevin Doyle (Wolves, England)
D Ben Newnam (Charlotte Eagles)

OUT:
M Brian Mullan (retired)
M Davy Armstrong (option declined/Colorado Springs Switchbacks)
F Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
M Kamani Hill (option declined)
D Thomas Piermayr (waived)
GK Joe Nasco (New England)
F Dimitry Imbongo (option declined)
F Geoffrey Castillion (New England)
M Tony Cascio (Orlando City)
F Danny Mwanga (Orlando City)
D Marvell Wynne (San Jose)
D Gale Agbossoumonde (waived/Tampa Bay Rowdies)
D Chris Klute (Columbus)
M Jose Mari (Levante, Spain)
D Zat Knight (waived/Reading, England)
D John Neeskens (waived)
D Grant Van De Casteele (waived)
F Deshorn Brown (Valerenga, Norway)

Columbus Crew
IN:
F Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough, England)
M Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Acad.-HG)
M Mohammed Saeid (Orebro, Sweden)
M Kristinn Steindorsson (Halmstad, Sweden)
D Chris Klute (Colorado)
D Hernan Grana (All Boys, Argentina)
M Cedrick Mabwati (Real Betis, Spain -- on loan to Osasuna, Spain)
D Sergio Campbell (Univ. of Connecticut)
F Sagi Lev-Ari (Cal State Northridge)
D Kalen Ryden (Midwestern State Univ.)

OUT:
M Fifi Baiden (waived)
D Ross Friedman (waived)
M Daniel Paladini (option declined)
M Agustin Viana (waived)
M Matt Walker (waived)
D Matt Wiet (waived)
D Josh Williams (New York City FC)
M Bernardo Anor (Sporting KC)
F Jairo Arrieta (Orlando City)
D Eric Gehrig (Orlando City)
D Ben Sweat (waived/Tampa Bay Rowdies)
F Sagi Lev-Ari (waived)

FC Dallas
IN:
M Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Acad.-HG)
G Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)
M Atiba Harris (San Jose)
D Otis Earle (UC Riverside)
M Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC)
M Michael Barrios (Uniautonoma, Colombia)

OUT:
D Jair Benitez (option declined)
D Walter Cabrera (waived)
M Andres Escobar (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine -- loan return)
GK Raul Fernandez (waived)
M Peter Luccin (waived)
M Adam Moffat (option declined/New York Cosmos)
M Hendry Thomas (option declined)
F Jonathan Top (waived/Arizona United)
D Nick Walker (waived)
D George John (New York City FC)
M Brian Span (waived)

D.C. United
IN:
M Thomas McNamara (Chivas USA)
M Andrew Driver (Houston)
D/M Markus Halsti (Malmo FF/Sweden)
F Jairo Arrieta (D.C. United)
M Dan Metzger (Univ. of Maryland)
M Michael Farfan (Cruz Azul, Mexico)
GK Travis Worra (Univ. of New Hampshire)
D Luke Mishu (Univ. of Notre Dame)

OUT:
GK Joe Willis (Houston)
D Samuel Inkoom (Houston)
D Nana Attakora (option declined/San Antonio Scorpions)
M Alex Caskey (option declined)
D Jeff Parke (option declined)
M Kyle Porter (waived)
D Conor Shanosky (option declined/Louisville City)
M Lewis Neal (Orlando City)
M Thomas McNamara (New York City FC)
M Andrew Driver (out of contract)
M Collin Martin (on loan to Richmond Kickers)
D Jalen Robinson (on loan to Richmond Kickers)
D Luke Mishu (on loan to Richmond Kickers)
GK Travis Worra (on loan to Richmond Kickers)

Houston Dynamo
IN:
M Memo Rodriguez (Houston Dynamo Acad.-HG)
GK Joe Willis (D.C. United)
D Samuel Inkoom (D.C. United)
F Chandler Hoffman (LA Galaxy)
M Nathan Sturgis (Chivas USA)
F Erick Torres (Chivas USA -- on loan to Chivas de Guadalajara)
M Leonel Miranda (on loan from Independiente, Argentina)
D Raul Rodriguez (Espanyol, Spain)
M Zach Steinberger (Butler Univ.)
F Rob Lovejoy (Univ. of North Carolina)
D Taylor Hunter (Univ. of Denver)
D Oumar Ballo (UMBC)

OUT:
D Eric Brunner (retired)
D Anthony Arena (waived)
F Omar Cummings (option declined?san Antonio Scorpions)
F Brian Ownby (option declined/Richmond Kickers)
F Bryan Salazar (waived)
M Andrew Driver (D.C. United)
D Samuel Inkoom (option declined)
GK Tally Hall (Orlando City)
F Mark Sherrod (Orlando City)
M Servando Carrasco (Sporting KC)

LA Galaxy
IN:
M Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, England -- July arrival)
M Mika Vayrynen (HJK Helsinki, Finland)
F Edson Buddle (Colorado)
F Ignacio Maganto  (Iona College)
GK Trey Mitchell (Cal State Univ. Dominguez Hills)

OUT:
M Landon Donovan (retired)
D Kyle Venter (waived)
F Rob Friend (retired)
GK Brian Perk (option declined)
D James Riley (Colorado)
F Chandler Hoffman (Houston)
M Marcelo Sarvas (Colorado)
F Charlie Rugg (on loan to Indy Eleven)

Montreal Impact 
IN:
D Donny Toia (Chivas USA)
M Marco Donadel (Hellas Verona, Italy)
M Nigel Reo-Coker (Chivas USA)
GK Eric Kronberg (Sporting KC)
D Bakary Soumare (Chicago)
D Victor Cabrera (on loan from River Plate, Argentina)
F Romario Williams (UCF)
M Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege, Belgium)
M Eric Alexander (NY Red Bulls)
D Ambroise Oyongo (NY Red Bulls)
F Dominic Oduro (Toronto FC)
GK Kristian Nicht (on loan from Indy Eleven)
F Cameron Porter (Princeton Univ.)

OUT:
F Marco Di Vaio (retired)
D Matteo Ferrari (option declined)
D Mamadou 'Futty' Danso (out of contract/Carolina RailHawks)
M James Bissue (waived)
M Zakaria Messoudi (waived)
M Gorka Larrea (waived)
M Gege Soriola (waived)
D Heath Pearce (Orlando City)
GK Troy Perkins (Seattle)
M Issey Nakajima-Farran (waived)
M Felipe (NY Red Bulls)
D Karl W. Ouimette (waived/New York Red Bulls)
D Krzysztof Krol (contract terminated)

New England Revolution
IN:
GK Joe Nasco (Colorado)
M Jeremy Hall (Toronto FC)
F Tristan Bowen (Seattle)
F Sean Okoli (Seattle)
F Juan Agudelo (Stoke City, England)
M Tyler Rudy (Georgetown Univ.)
D London Woodberry (Arizona United)
GK Trevor Spangenberg (Chivas USA)
F Timi Mulgrew (George Mason Univ.)

OUT:
F Dimitry Imbongo (Colorado)
F Geoffrey Castillion (Colorado/Jacksonville Armada)
GK Joe Nasco (waived/Ft. Lauderdale Strikers)
GK Larry Jackson (waived/Wilmington Hammerheads)
GK Luis Soffner (waived)
D Jossimar Sanchez (waived)
M Shalrie Joseph (option declined)
M Alec Sundly (waived/Real Monarchs)
F Andre Akpan (option declined)
D Stephen McCarthy (out of contract)
F Patrick Mullins (New York City)
F Tony Taylor (New York City)

New York City FC
IN:
F David Villa (Atletico Madrid, Spain)
D Jeb Brovsky (Montreal)
GK Josh Saunders (Real Salt Lake)
M Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas)
D Kwame Watson-Siriboe (Real Salt Lake)
M Matt Dunn (Chivas USA)
D Josh Williams (Columbus)
F Omar Salgado (Vancouver)
M Ned Grabavoy (Real Salt Lake)
F Patrick Mullins (New England)
D Jason Hernandez (San Jose)
M Daniel Lovitz (Toronto FC)
F Tony Taylor (New England)
M Mehdi Ballouchy (Vancouver)
D George John (FC Dallas)
M Thomas McNamara (D.C. United)
M Sal Zizzo (Sporting KC)
D Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake)
GK Ryan Meara (on loan from NY Red Bulls)
GK Akira Fitzgerald (Carolina RailHawks)
M Sebastian Velasquez (Real Salt Lake)
D Andres Mendoza (Maldonado, Uruguay)
M Frank Lampard (Man. City, England -- July arrival)
M Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg, Norway)
F Khiry Shelton (Oregon State Univ.)
M Kwadwo Poku (Atlanta Silverbacks)
F Adam Nemec (Union Berlin, Germany)
D Javier Calle (on loan from Inde. Medellin)
M Pablo Alvarez Nunez (Langreo, Spain)
D Shay Facey (on loan from Manchester City England)

OUT:
M Daniel Lovitz (Toronto FC)
M Sal Zizzo (New York Red Bulls)
F Omar Salgado (Tigres, Mexico)

New York Red Bulls
IN:
M Sal Zizzo (New York City FC)
M Sean Davis (Duke Univ.)
M Leo Stolz (UCLA)
D Ambroise Oyongo (permanent transfer from Coton Sport, Cameroon)
M Felipe (Montreal)
D Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Chivas USA)
D Ronald Zubar (Ajaccio, France)
M Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht, Belgium)
F Mike Grella (Carolina RailHawks)
M Manolo Sanchez (Clemson Univ.)
D Karl Ouimette (Toronto FC)
F Anatole Abanag (Rainbow FC Bamenda, Cameroon)
D Shawn McLaws (Coastal Carolina Univ.)
F Dane Richards (Bodo/Glimt, Norway)
D Kemar Lawrence
(Harbour View, Jamaica)

OUT:

F Thierry Henry (retired)
F Saer Sene (option declined)
D Kosuke Kimura (option declined/Widzew Lodz, Poland)
M Bobby Convey (option declined)
D Richard Eckersley (option declined)
D Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
GK Ryan Meara (on loan to New York City FC)
M Eric Alexander (Montreal)
D Ambroise Oyongo (Montreal)
F Tim Cahill (Shanghai Shenhua)
M Eric Stevenson (waived)
D Ibrahim Sekagya (retired)
M Ian Christianson (waived)
D Armando (waived)
M Ruben Bover (waived)
M Michael Bustamante (waived)

Orlando City
IN:  
M Kevin Molino (Orlando City USL PRO)
M Darwin Ceren (Orlando City USL PRO)
D Tyler Turner (Orlando City USL PRO)
D Tommy Redding (Orlando City USL PRO)
M Kaka (AC Milan, Italy)
M Estrela (Orlando City USL PRO)
D Rafael Ramos (Orlando City USL PRO)
D Luke Boden (Orlando City USL PRO)
M Harrison Heath (Orlando City USL PRO)
M Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia)
D Aurelien Collin (Sporting KC)
GK Tally Hall (Houston)
GK Donovan Ricketts (Portland)
M Tony Cascio (Colorado)
D Jalil Anibaba (Seattle)
F Pedro Ribeiro (Philadelphia)
M Lewis Neal (D.C. United)
F Jairo Arrieta (Columbus)
D Heath Pearce (Montreal)
F Danny Mwanga (Colorado)
F Mark Sherrod (Houston)
D Eric Gehrig (Columbus)
F Bryan Rochez (Real Espana, Honduras)
GK Josh Ford (Seattle)
M Brek Shea (Stoke City, England)
D Gustavo (Vila Nova, Brazil)
F Cyle Larin (Univ. of Connecticut)
D Conor Donovan (N.C. State)
F Akeil Barrett (Tulsa Univ.)
M Carlos Rivas (Deportivo Cali, Colombia)
F Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town, England)
M Cristian Higuita (Deportivo Cali, Colombia)
M Eric Avila (on loan from Santos, Mexico)
D Seb Hines (on loan from Middlesbrough, England)
GK Earl Edwards Jr. (UCLA)
D Sean St. Ledger (Ipswich Town, England)

OUT:
D Eric Gehrig (Chicago)
F Mark Sherrod (San Jose)
D Jalil Anibaba (Sporting KC)
F Jairo Arrieta (D.C. United)
D Gustavo (waived)
F Akeil Barrett (waived)

Philadelphia Union  
IN:
F C.J. Sapong (Sporting KC)
F Dzenan Catic (Davenport Univ.)
M Maurice Edu (permanent transfer from Stoke City, England)
D Steven Vitoria (on loan from Benfica, Portugal)
F Fernando Aristeguieta (on loan from Nantes, France)
GK John McCarthy (Rochester Rhinos)
F Dzenan Catic (Davenport)
D Raymond Lee (Saint Louis Univ.)
M Eric Ayuk (Rainbow FC Bamenda, Cameroon)
M Eric Bird (Univ. of Virginia)

OUT:
M Corben Bone (option declined)
F Brian Brown (waived/Indy Eleven on loan from Harbour View, Jamaica)
F Cristhian Hernandez (waived)
M Amobi Okugo (Orlando City)
F Pedro Ribeiro (Orlando City)
GK Zac MacMath (on loan to Colorado)
M Leo Fernandes (on loan to New York Cosmos)
D Carlos Valdes (on loan to Nacional, Uruguay)
D Aaron Wheeler (waived/Wilmington Hammerheads)
D Austin Berry (on loan to FC Anyang, South Korea)
M Danny Cruz (on loan to Bodo/Glimt, Norway)

Portland Timbers
IN:
GK Adam Larsen Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway)
M Dairon Asprilla (Alianza Petrolera, Colombia)
D Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
D Jeanderson (Cruzeiro, Brazil)
D Alvas Powell (permanent transfer from Portmore United, Jamaica)
M Nick Besler (Univ. of Notre Dame)
D Andy Thoma (Univ. of Washington)
M Ishmael Yartey (on loan from Sochaux, France)

OUT:
M Steve Zakuani (retired)
D Michael Harrington (Colorado)
M Kalif Alhassan (option declined/Minnesota United FC)
M Steven Evans (option declined/T2)
D Bryan Gallego (waived)
D Pa Modou Kah (waived/Vancouver)
D Rauwshan McKenzie (out of contract)
D Danny O'Rourke (out of contract)
F Jose Valencia (Olimpo Bahia Blanca, Argentina)
GK Donovan Ricketts (Orlando City)

Real Salt Lake
IN:
M Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ-HG)
D Jamison Olave (New York Red Bulls)
D Boyd Okwuonu (Univ. of North Carolina)
M Pecka (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers)
D Phanuel Kavita (Clemson Univ.-HG)
D Demar Phillips (Aalesunds FK, Norway)
D Elias Vasquez (Dorados, Mexico)

OUT:
D Rich Balchan (option declined)
F Benji Lopez (waived)
D Nat Borchers (Portland)
M Ned Grabavoy (New York City FC)
D Chris Wingert (New York City FC)
F Robbie Findley (Toronto FC)
M Sebastian Velasquez (New York City FC)
D Carlos Salcedo (Chivas de Guadalajara, Mexico)
M Cole Grossman (Stabaek, Norway)

San Jose Earthquakes
IN:
F Kris Tyrpak (Chivas USA)
M Leandro Barrera (Chivas USA)
F Mark Sherrod (Orlando City)
GK Andy Gruenebaum (Sporting KC)
D Marvell Wynne (Colorado)
M Sanna Nyassi (Chicago)
F Innocent Emeghara (Qarabag Agbam, Azerbaijan)
D Paulo Renato (Operario, Portugal)

OUT:
D Andreas Gorlitz (waived)
M Billy Knutsen (waived)
M Tommy Muller (waived)
F Billy Schuler (waived)
D Jason Hernandez (New York City FC)
M Atiba Harris (FC Dallas)
M Sam Cronin (Colorado)
GK Jon Busch (Chicago)
GK Andy Gruenebaum (retired)
D Pablo Pintos (waived)
F Kris Tyrpak (waived/Austin Aztex)
D Brandon Barklage (contract terminated/Saint Louis FC)

Seattle Sounders   
IN:
D Jimmy Ockford (loan return from New York Cosmos)
F Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders Academy-HG)
D Tyrone Mears (Bolton Wanderers, England)
F Darwin Jones (Univ. of Washington-HG)
GK Troy Perkins (Montreal)
M Cristian Roldan (Univ. of Washington)
F Andy Craven (Univ. of North Carolina)
D Andres Correa (Tolima, Colombia)
D Oniel Fisher (Univ. of New Mexico)
GK Charlie Lyon (Marquette Univ.)

OUT:
GK Marcus Hahnemann (retired)
D Onyekachi Apam (option declined)
D Djimi Traore (option declined)
F Cam Weaver (option declined)
D Jalil Anibaba (Orlando City)
F Tristan Bowen (New England)
GK Josh Ford (Orlando City)
D DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham, England)
F Sean Okoli (New England)
D Eriq Zavaleta (Toronto FC)
F Andy Craven (Sounders 2)
F Kevin Parsemain (waived)

Sporting Kansas City
IN:
M Bernardo Anor (Columbus)
D Jalil Anibaba (Orlando City)
M James Marcelin (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers)
F Krisztian Nemeth (Roda JC, Netherlands)
GK Luis Marin (O'Higgins, Chile)
GK Tim Melia (Chivas USA)
M Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic, England)
M Connor Hallisey (Univ. of California)
D Saad Abdul-Salaam (Univ. of Akron)
M Servando Carrasco (Houston)
M Soni Mustivar (Petrolul Ploiesti, Romania)
D Amadou Dia (Clemson Univ.)
D Marcel De Jong (Augsburg, Germany)

OUT:
M Antonio Dovale (waived)
M Michael Kafari (waived)
M Victor Munoz (waived)
M Martin Steuble (waived)
M Christian Duke (waived/OKC Energy FC)
M Lawrence Olum (Kedah FC, Malaysia)
F Soony Saad (BEC Tero Sasana, Thailand)
D Josh Gardner (option declined)
D Aurelien Collin (Orlando City)
F C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia)
M Sal Zizzo (New York City FC)
GK Eric Kronberg (Montreal)
GK Andy Gruenebaum (San Jose)
F Claudio Bieler (contract terminated)
M Jorge Claros (contract terminated)
M James Marcelin (contract terminated)
F James Rogers (Univ. of New Mexico)
GK Jon Kempin (on loan to San Antonio Scorpions)

Toronto FC
IN:
M Marco Delgado (Chivas USA)
M Daniel Lovitz (New York City FC)
F Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
M Jay Chapman (Michigan State-HG)
GK Alex Bono (Syracuse Univ.)
F Jozy Altidore (Sunderland, England)
F Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus, Italy)
D Damien Perquis (Real Betis, Spain)
D Eriq Zavaleta (Seattle)
M Benoit Cheyrou (Marseille, France)
D Clement Simonin (Toronto FC II)

OUT:
F Dwayne De Rosario (option declined)
D Doneil Henry (Apollon Limassol, Cyprus -- loan return)
D Bradley Orr (Blackburn Rovers, England -- loan return)
D Ryan Richter (option declined/Ottawa Fury)
F Andrew Wiedeman (option declined/Ottawa Fury)
M Daniel Lovitz (New York City FC)
M Jeremy Hall (New England)
F Jermaine Defoe (Sunderland)
M Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC)
F Dominic Oduro (Toronto FC)
F Gilberto (on loan to Vasco da Gama, Brazil)

Vancouver Whitecaps   
IN:
M Marco Bustos (Whitecaps Academy)
F Octavio Rivero (O'Higgins, Chile)
D Diego Rodriguez (on loan from Juventud, Uruguay)
D  Pa Modou Kah (Portland)
M Ben McKendry (Univ. of New Mexico-HG)
D Deybi Flores (on loan from Motagua)
F Robert Earnshaw (Chicago)

OUT:
D Jay DeMerit (retired)
D Carlyle Mitchell (out of contract/Seoul E-Land, South Korea)
M Bryce Alderson (option declined)
F Omar Salgado (New York City FC)
F Mamadou Diouf (waived)
M Sebastian Fernandez (Boston River, Uruguay -- loan return)
D Johnny Leveron (option declined/Marathon, Honduras)
M Mehdi Ballouchy (New York City FC)
D Andy O'Brien (out of contract)

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