Perlaza joining Portland on trial, signing imminent

Perlaza joining Portland on trial, signing imminent

MLS- Portland Timbers

Perlaza joining Portland on trial, signing imminent

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The Portland Timbers have already stockpiled an impressive collection of attacking talent, but John Spencer's squad isn't done adding weapons.

According to sources within MLS, Portland is set to bring Colombian striker Jorge Perlaza on trial and the Timbers are on the verge of signing the 25-year-old Colombian.

Perlaza had been linked to the Philadelphia Union earlier in the winter, but it is Portland where he is headed. If signed, he would join a strike force that already includes newly-acquired Kenny Cooper, first-round draft pick Darlington Nagbe and USSF Division 2 standouts Eddie Johnson and Bright Dike.

A speedster who helped Deportes Tolima reach the Colombian League championship and qualify for Copa Libertadores, Perlaza scored 10 goals for Tolima in the Liga Postobon II in the fall.

If Portland adds Perlaza, which sources believe will happen, the Timbers could start with Cooper and Perlaza as starters, with Nagbe playing a midfield role, while Johnson and Dike provide depth.

The Timbers aren't done adding weapons. The club is also in the market for a playmaker and sources tell SBI the Timbers have put in a bid for an attacking midfielder.

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