With Friday's announcement of the acquisition of Swedish forward Samuel Armenteros, it appears Portland President of Soccer Gavin Wilkinson has checked all the boxes on his offseason to-do list.
Armenteros, 5-10, 180 pounds, gives the Timbers another forward to back up or push Fanendo Adi, providing a more experienced option than second-year forward Jeremy Ebobisse.
Portland finished atop the MLS Western Conference last season despite the injury that caused Adi to miss the last 10 games of the regular season. A record-setting season from MLS MVP Diego Valeri in midfield was the main reason the Timbers rose to the top of the conference without their top forward.
Armenteros, 27, comes to Portland on loan with an option for the Timbers to buy from Italian club Benevento Calcio. He had one goal in nine appearances with the last-place Serie A club this season. In 2016-17 with Heracles Almelo of the Dutch top division, Armenteros had 22 goals in 32 appearances.
He gives Portland a different type of forward to back-up, or to play alongside, Adi.
The Timbers used Targeted Allocation Money in the transaction. He is the fourth international addition to the roster ahead of the 2018 season, joining Peruvian winger Andy Polo, Paraguayan midfielder Cristhian Paredes and Costa Rican defender Julio Cascante.
Damian Lillard's 50 points, 28 in the first half and 22 in the third quarter, led Portland (31-25) in a 118-100 win at Sacramento (17-37). Lillard did not play in the fourth quarter.
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Former University of Oregon distance ace Edward Cheserek ran the fastest indoor mile since 1983 in winning at Boston in 3:49.44, which made him the fourth man to break 3:50 indoors.
PORTLAND 3, Tri-City 1
Dennis Cholowski and Joachim Blichfeld scored in the second period as Portland took a 2-1 lead.
Kieffer Bellows added a goal with 3:16 remaining.
Shane Farkas got the win in goal, making 32 saves.
Aaron Wise, former NCAA champion with the University of Oregon, carded a 3-under-par 69 at Pebble Beach and is tied for fifth after two rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Wise has a 9-under 134 total, three strokes behind co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Beau Hossler.
Ex-Duck Ben Crane shot an even-par 72 at Spyglass Hill and is in a tie for 39th at 140.
Veteran Peter Jacobsen had a 4-over 75 at Monterey Peninsula and missed the cut with a 10-over 153 total.
Scott Harrington, a veteran golfer who played for Jesuit High, had a 3-under-par 68 and was tied for 39th at the halfway point of the Club Colombia Championship at Bogota, Colombia.
His 36-hole total of 2-under 140 was seven shots behind the leader, Ben Taylor, a London native.
Rookie Wyndham Clark, the 2017 Pac-12 champion while at the University of Oregon, had a second-day 70 and missed the cut by two shots, tied for 87th at 144.
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