By DAN KARELL
Of the seven center defenders that the Portland Timbers had on opening day, just four remain, and two of those have never played an Major League Soccer game.
Whether the loss of Mikael Silvestre on Thursday night accelerated the signing process or not, the Timbers announced on Friday the signing of former Norway international defender Pa Modou Kah. The 32-year-old Gambia native most recently played in Saudi Arabia for Al-Wehda FC, where he played ten matches.
“Kah is a top-level player and will bring a wealth of experience as a professional, playing in some of the top leagues around the world,” Timbers manager Caleb Porter told the club’s website. “We expect Kah to step into the backline and make an immediate impact in our club.”
As previously reported by SBI, the Timbers were searching for an international defender after the loss of David Horst to injury and Hanyer Mosquera to personal issues. After the Silvestre injury, the Timbers were left with just Mamadou “Futty” Danso and 20-year-old Andrew Jean-Baptiste as first team regulars, while youngsters Dylan Tucker-Gangnes and Mobi Fehr would be the backups, despite having no MLS experience.
Kah won 10 caps and scored one goal for Norway between 2001-2008, where he moved with his family as an eight-year-old. He is best remembered for appearing over 200 times for Roda JC in the Eredivisie between 2004-2011. He will be added to the Timbers roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 visa.
What do you make of this transfer? Do you feel this is a good signing? Do you expect Portland to sign anyone else?