Portland Timbers signal Colombian defender Juan David Mosquera from Independiente Medellín

The Portland Timbers have accomplished the signing of defender Juan David Mosquera from Colombian high workforce Independiente Medellín.

The 19-year-old has moved by way of Major League Soccer’s U22 initiative, signing a deal till 2026 with a membership possibility for one more 12 months. He joins David Ayala and Santiago Moreno as Portland’s third U22 Initiative participant.

“Juan David is a talented player who at a young age has shown his abilities at club level as well as in important tournaments such as the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana,” Timbers common supervisor and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson stated in a membership press launch. .

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“For a young player, he has already accumulated a large number of professional games at a high level, and we believe he has all the attributes to be a good addition to the team. We are delighted to welcome him and continue his development.”

Primarily a right-back, Mosquera spent three seasons with Medellín’s senior workforce, registering three objectives and three assists in 59 appearances in all competitions. The teenager featured twice for Colombia throughout the 2019 U-17 South American Championship, enjoying the complete 90 minutes in opposition to Argentina and Uruguay.

Commenting on Wilkinson’s feedback, Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese stated: “We are excited to welcome Juan David to Portland. We believe he will provide us with depth and strength, while also providing him with the right environment to develop as a player and as person.

“His expertise and skillset will make us a extra aggressive workforce. We have included and trusted younger, gifted gamers into our workforce and now we have seen their development.

“These young players have adapted in a very positive way, so I look forward to working with Juan David as he develops with us at the Timbers.”

Mosquera joins a Timbers workforce that sits in eighth place within the Western Conference, just under the playoff line, though they’re having fun with a seven-game unbeaten streak heading right into a journey to Minnesota United this weekend.

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