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Thursday items include Timbers moves at right back and a coaching move for Katy Steding

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND TIMBERS - Pablo Bonilla, pictured during a preseason match, was signed Thursday by the Timbers off of the T2 roster.• Timbers part with Moreira — Portland Timbers starting right back Jorge Moreira is returning to Argentina club River Plate and the Timbers on Thursday announced that 20-year-old Venezuelan defender Pablo Bonilla has been signed from the T2 roster.

The Timbers were unable to reach a deal with River Plate to extend its loan agreement to keep the Paraguayan Moreira in Portland, and the Timbers declined to exercise the purchase option. The move means Portland will enter the MLS is Back Tournament in July at Orlando, Florida, without its first-choice right back.

The position will now fall to Chris Duvall, who saw action the team's two games in March, or to Bonilla or perhaps Bill Tuiloma.

There is a chance Moreira returns to Portland at some point. But for now coach Giovanni Savarese is tasked with finding the best fit for a key position. Moreira, 30, provided an attacking presence the Timbers have never had at right back. He had some shaky moments defending, something he was rarely called upon to do while at River Plate, but was a more dynamic attacker than his two goals and four assists in 28 appearances with the Timbers indicate.

Bonilla, 5-8, 155 pounds, is a Venezuelan youth international who the Timbers are high on.

"He has settled in well and we believe he has the necessary qualities, personality and attributes to be very successful in this league," said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers president of soccer, in the announcement.

The club signed the youngster to T2 to give him a chance to acclimate to the American game and to living here. Now Bonilla, who had an assist in the only game T2 played before COVID-19 shut down the season, figures to get a solid chance to prove himself at the MLS level.

• Steding returns to Stanford — Katy Steding is returning to Stanford as an assistant coach for the Cardinal women's basketball program.

Steding, who starred at Lake Oswego High in the mid-1980s and helped Stanford win its first national championship in 1990, most recently was an assistant coach for two seasons at San Francisco. She started her coaching career as the head coach at Warner Pacific (2001-08) and has served as an assistant coach with several programs, along with four seasons as the head coach at Boston University.

Steding was the first recruit signed by legendary Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer

"Her combination of playing and coaching experience is truly second to none," VanDerveer said in announcing the hire. "She is a woman of very high character, with great teaching and communication skills. I loved coaching Katy and am excited to work with her again as an assistant."


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