The Portland Timbers' USL team, T2, continues to scour the globe for youth prospects. After signing 2013 Nigerian Under-17 World Cup champion Akinjide Idowu
, it has added Belgian midfielder
and Cameroonian forward Alexis Meva
, a pair of 18-year-olds.
Damraoui, a former Belgian youth international, arrives from Belgian's Club Brugge, where he played
central midfielder for its U-21s. Meva joined FC Barcelona’s youth system at the age of 10 in 2008 and played for Barca through U-19 level. He was one of Barcelona's youth players suspended as
part of FIFA's crackdown on foreign minors illegally registered with pro clubs and only made his debut with Barca's Juvenil A in January.
T2's other offseason signing is 22-year-old New
Zealand national team midfielder Tim Payne
, who played for New Zealand's Auckland City FC in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco. T2 Roster: GOALKEEPERS:
Justin Luthy. DEFENDERS:
Rennico Clarke (Jamaica), Akinjide Idowu (Nigeria). MIDFIELDERS:
Seth Casiple, Dylan Damraoui
(Belgium), Tim Payne (New Zealand). FORWARDS:
Kharlton Belmar, Alexis Meva (Cameroon), Brent Richards, Rundell Winchester (Trin. & Tobago).