By RYAN TOLMICH
A month-and-a-half after acquiring him on loan, the Portland Timbers have seen all they need to see from Fanendo Adi.
The Timbers announced Monday that they have exercised their option to purchase the 23-year-old forward from Danish side FC Copenhagen and signed him to a multiyear deal as a Designated Player.
Adi, who joined the team on loan on May 13, has scored four goals and assisted twice in six games for the Timbers and was named Major League Soccer’s Player of the Week for his brace in a 3-1 win at Real Salt Lake on June 7.
“Taking a player on loan prior to purchasing his rights gives you a first-hand look at the player in every regard and reduces the risk,” said Portland Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson in a statement. “With Adi performing well and fitting into the club culture and team dynamics, the decision to take up the purchase option was an easy one. He is young and has already shown the ability to be a dominant forward in this league.”
“Obviously, Adi has made an immediate impact with our club and we are extremely pleased to have him on board now long-term,” added Timbers head coach Caleb Porter. “He has proven to be an ideal fit in our system and possesses qualities that will make him a very effective striker in this league. We look forward to his contributions for years to come.”
Adi will now occupy the Timbers’ second DP slot, joining midfielder Diego Valeri. Per MLS policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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