Shortly after the Portland Timbers win the MLS Cup on Sunday, head coach Caleb Porter said some tough roster decisions would have to be made this winter.
Now, we apparently know one of them.
The Timbers are on the verge of selling stout left back Jorge Villafana to Liga MX outfit Santos Laguna, SI.com reported on Tuesday. The transfer for the 26-year-old veteran, who won the initial Sueno MLS competition, will be just south of $1 million.
Villafana had an impressive 2015 campaign with the Timbers that he just capped with a strong showing in the club’s 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew in the MLS Cup Final. Villafana turned in a 90-minute shift in the championship bout and shut down Crew winger Ethan Finlay en route to earning consideration for the MLS Cup MVP award, which was won by Diego Valeri.
This season, Villafana started in each of the 33 regular season games he appeared in. He had one goal and five assists in those matches.
If Villafana makes the move, he could face off against a familiar foe in the LA Galaxy in the opening months of 2016. Santos Laguna is set to take on the Galaxy in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, with the first leg being played in late February.
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