Timbers sign Mexican defender Josecarlos Van Rankin on loan

By Field Level Media
Sep 2, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; The Portland Timbers and Los Angeles Galaxy play a game without fans at Providence Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Timbers officially added Mexican defender Josecarlos Van Rankin to a one-year loan Wednesday.

The agreement also includes an option to make the transfer permanent from Liga MX side Chivas Guadalajara.

“Josecarlos is an experienced player whose flexibility to play numerous positions will help us not only in MLS, but in CONCACAF Champions League play,” Portland general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson said in a club statement. “Getting a proven player with his qualities on loan is a great acquisition at a beneficial cap number and provides an extended scouting opportunity with the ability to permanently transfer him in the future.”

News of the possible move started to arise on Jan. 29.

Josecarlos Van Rankin, 27, is known as a natural right back who has experience on the left as well. He joined Guadalajara in 2018 on loan from UNAM, where he had played since 2012. He has also played one game for the Mexican national team, recording an assist against Costa Rica in an October 2018 match.

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–Field Level Media