By FRANCO PANIZO
The Portland Timbers added some local talent to their team on Tuesday, signing midfielder Steven Evans to a Homegrown deal.
Evans, a Timbers Under-23s product, signed as the club’s second Homegrown Player and the 21-year-old joins the Timbers after three seasons at the University of Portland. Evans played four seasons with the Timbers’ development team from 2009-12.
“We have watched Steven develop first-hand over the years, with Eastside Timbers at the youth levels and recently with the Timbers U-23s, into a quality young player,” said Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson in a statement released by the club. “Being able to develop and produce first-team players through our development system is an important goal of our organization. We are delighted to sign Steven as a Homegrown Player.”
Per club and league policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
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HAMLETT, SORBER DROPPED AS IMPACT MAKE CHANGES TO COACHING STAFF
If there was any lingering influence from the Jesse Marsch era, the Montreal Impact just did away with it. The Impact made changes to their coaching staff on Tuesday, as assistant coaches Denis Hamlett and Mike Sorber were given the boot in favor of Mauro Biello and Philippe Eullaffroy. Another coaching change announced with immediate effect under new head coach Marco Schallibaum is Youssef Dahha becoming the first team goalkeeper coach.
SAM RE-SIGNS WITH RED BULLS
The New York Red Bulls continue to make moves without a head coach in place. The Red Bulls re-signed midfielder Lloyd Sam on Tuesday, and also announced that they expect him to be healthy enough to partake in the club’s preseason. Sam is currently recovering from the knee injury he suffered late last season.
Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
GALAXY SIGN TRIO TO NEW DEALS
Mike Magee, Brian Perk and Colin Clark will be with the LA Galaxy for the foreseeable future after signing new deals with the club on Tuesday. The three players re-signed with the defending MLS champions, but terms of their deals were not disclosed.
WYNNE EXTENDS STAY WITH RAPIDS
The Colorado Rapids and Marvell Wynne will apparently continue their marriage for another few years. The Rapids re-signed the 26-year-old defender and seven-year MLS veteran on Tuesday, just weeks after having his option declined by the club and being left exposed in the MLS Re-Entry Draft.
“I’m happy to have signed a new deal with the Rapids, and excited to continue my career here in Colorado,” Wynne said in a statement released by the club. “I’ve enjoyed being part of this club since I arrived in 2010, and am looking forward to getting the season started and having a successful year.”
Per club and league policy, terms of the contract were not made available.
What do you think of the Timbers signing Evans as a Homegrown player? Do you see Sorber and Hamlett landing on their feet with another MLS club sometime soon? Think Sam will have a strong and injury-free season in 2013?
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