- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 19, 2010
- 4 Comments
- Bright Dike, Steve Cronin
The Portland Timbers are expected to announce their first MLS signings today. Head Coach John Spencer and Technical Director Gavin Wilkinson will make the announcement later today.
At this point its anyone’s guess who their first signings will be. More than likely they will be players off their D-2 roster. Its also unknown how many players they’ll take from their D-2 roster into MLS and how many they’ll announce today. If they follow the Seattle model of a couple years ago it will likely only be a few. I’d imagine they’ll also be sure to sign a player via the allocation system as soon as they’re able to as well.
My guesses for today’s announcement are based on their D-2 roster as there have been no indication of any big signings for this club going into today.
1. Ryan Pore – He lead the club in scoring this past season. The former Kansas City Wizard really came into his own this year for the Timbers. In two years with the Timbers he’s scored 25 goals. Not too shabby if you ask me.
2. Steve Cronin – Another former MLS keeper likely seems like a lock to me. There’s some that believe he could have been in MLS these last couple years but I believe his time in Portland has really served him well as he’s grown into a very good keeper.
3. Khalif Alhassan – The 20-year old has been really strong for the Timbers this past season. A lot of potential in this kid from the few games that I saw this season. He could be a stud in MLS.
4. Bright Dike – The former Columbus Crew player draftee could find his way in MLS with Portland. He was easily their best player in the second half of the season. He probably made Crew fans wonder why they released him.
To see a better list of who has potential to move up with the club into MLS head over to Dropping Timber. They’ve had a good list of guys that could make the move or could be in danger of not seeing a MLS contract.
We’ll have more later today on this signing, as well as some other expansion related topics.