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Portland Timbers complete deal to transfer Fanendo Adi

Apr 14, 2018; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi (9) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half against Minnesota United at Providence Park. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Timbers have completed a deal to move Adi, a source confirmed to the Oregonian/OregonLive Saturday.

It is not yet clear whether Adi is being traded to another team within MLS or whether he is being transferred to a club outside of the United States. Adi reportedly asked the Timbers for a trade.

Adi has been a key player for Portland ever since joining the club in 2014. The 27-year-old striker has 53 career goals in 125 appearances (102 starts) for the Timbers. He ranks second on the Timbers all-time list for goals scored, behind only Diego Valeri. The Nigerian striker was also critical in helping the Timbers win their first-ever MLS Cup title in 2015. He scored 16 regular season goals in 23 starts (33 appearances) during the 2015 MLS regular season before recording two goals and an assist in the 2015 MLS playoffs.

But Adi’s production began to drop off this year. Adi entered Saturday night with just two goals in 13 appearances for the Timbers this season. He has not made a start since June 9 as forward Samuel Armenteros has taken off. After being left off the 18 for Portland’s U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against LAFC and the club’s MLS game against the Montreal Impact last week, Adi was on the bench for Saturday’s match against the Houston Dynamo, putting him in a position to see minutes as a substitute in his final game for the Timbers. 


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