The Portland Timbers have signed five players today in a major reshuffle as they reshape their squad ahead of the new season.
Veteran defender Nat Borchers joined in a trade from Real Salt Lake for allocation money, while Ghanaian international goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey, Colombian winger Dairon Asprilla and Brazilian left-back Jeanderson Salvador Pereira were also signed.
The Timbers exercised their purchase option on Jamaican fullback Alvas Powell on Monday too in a busy day for the club.
Borchers will undoubtedly strengthen a Timbers defence that allowed 52 goals in 34 games in 2014 – the sixth-worst amount across MLS. He could form a solid partnership with Englishman Liam Ridgewell for the Western Conference side.
Norwegian born goalkeeper Kwarasey joins the club from Strømsgodset of the Tippeligaen and is an experienced shot-stopper at both club and country levels.
The 26-year-old, who won the Tippeligaen Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2013, made over 150 appearances for the club. He has represented the Ghanaian national team 21 times at international level too, and played in the World Cup game against the USA in June.
Asprilla joins Portland from Colombian Primera División side Alianza Petrolera and at just 22, is an exciting signing. Primarily a right-winger, the Colombian will hope to impress in his debut campaign next season.
Brazilian Jeanderson is another signing to bolster the Timbers backline and the left-back adds further youth at just 23 years of age.
Portland also exercised the option to purchase defender Powell from Jamaican side Portmore United. The 20-year-old has signed a “long-term contract” with the Timbers and will hope to add to his 15 games played in 2014.
What do you make of Portland’s signings on Monday?