MLS side Portland sign Gambian defender

Major League Soccer club Portland Timbers have completed the signing of Gambian defender Modou Lamin Jadama, Gambia Sports can report.

The 23-year-old is signed from USL side Tulsa Roughnecks whom he joined in March 2017 and appeared in 34 matches (32 starts), scoring two goals across all competitions.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to sign for Timbers. The club is amazing and I am happy to be down here. I hope to impress the coach and get my chance to play in the team,” he said in an interview with the club in Tucson.

Jadama will provide depth at a centerback position at which the Timbers have suffered a rash of injuries in recent years and figures to help anchor the reserve side’s defense when he isn’t needed for first-team duty.

Prior to joining Roughnecks FC, Jadama played on loan with Coquimbo Unido in Primera B de Chile during the 2016-17 season, appearing in four matches (3 starts).

A native of Serrekunda, Jadama made his professional debut on July 30, 2015, with Chilean club Colo-Colo in the 2015 Copa Chile.

He becomes the third Gambian to sign for Timbers after Mamadou ‘Futty’ Danso and Pa Modou Kah.