Jorge Villafana’s fine performance in Sunday’s MLS Cup Final win against the Columbus Crew may have been his last in a Portland Timbers shirt.
That’s because the attacking left-back looks set to leave the club in a transfer that will see him move to Liga MX side Santos Laguna, per a report by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.
The pending transfer fee for the 26-year-old is believed to be just under $1 million.
Villafana joined MLS in 2007 after winning reality show Sueño MLS, beating around 2,000 other competitors to earn a spot on Chivas USA’s U-19 squad, earning the nickname Sueño.
After making more than 80 appearances for Chivas, Villafana joined Portland in December 2013 in a trade that saw Andrew Jean-Baptiste head the other way.
The American fullback has made more than 50 appearances for the Timbers, with the majority of those coming this year as he established himself as one of the team’s most consistent players.
Villafana started all but one of Portland’s 40 games in the regular season and playoffs combined on the way to lifting the 2015 MLS Cup on Sunday night.
How much will Jorge Villafana be missed if he leaves Portland for Santos Laguna?