Portland Timbers acquire Tomas Conechny on loan from San Lorenzo
The Portland Timbers have acquired Tomas Conechny on loan from San Lorenzo, the MLS club announced on Tuesday.
Conechny, 20, is an Argentina youth international with 21 caps and seven goals and played for his country at last year's U20 World Cup and joined San Lorenzo in 2016, having made 14 appearances with the club.
He joins the Timbers for the remainder of the 2018 MLS season with a purchase option and will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.
In a statement, Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson said the club had been following the player closely for some time and are excited to add the versatile attacking midfielder to the team.
"We believe [Conechny] has the tools to become a dangerous attacker in this league moving forward."— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) July 17, 2018
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Wilkinson said: "We have been looking to add a young, talented and dynamic player and feel that, in Tomas, we have a player who can help contribute short-term, while also giving us a long-term solution in several positions.
"The opportunity to bring him to Portland was a unique one, and the fact he had already been watched live many times made this possible when we had to move quickly to acquire him."
Timbers boss Giovanni Savarese echoed Wilkinson's sentiments and said that he is eager to get to work with Conechny.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to include Tomas Conechny at this juncture in the season," Savarese said. "Tomas provides our club with another quality young player, and we look forward to working with him daily to maximize his development.
"He is a player who possesses very good attacking elements for his age, and we believe he has the tools to become a dangerous attacker in this league moving forward."
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