By FRANCO PANIZO
The Portland Timbers have added a number of experienced players this offseason under the guidance of new head coach Caleb Porter, and they might soon add another who has played at some of the biggest clubs in the world.
Timbers owner Merritt Paulson tweeted on Tuesday that former Manchester United and Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre is set to begin a training stint with Portland. The 35-year-old Frenchman has been without a club since he and Werder Bremen parted ways at the end of the 2011-2012 campaign.
Aside from playing at two of the most historic clubs in England, Silvestre has also spent time with Inter Milan and French club Rennes in his career. He also represented France 40 times at the international level from 2001-2006.
Here are more notes from around the league:
CREW SIGN BRAZILIAN CENTERBACK GLAUBER
Near the top of the Columbus Crew’s wish list this offseason was finding a partner for centerback Chad Marshall. The club found their man on Tuesday. The Crew announced Tuesday morning that they have signed Brazilian defender Glauber as a Discovery Signing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the 29-year-old centerback joins Columbus after having spent time at Manchester City, FC Nurnberg and, most recently, Rapid Bucharest of the Romania’s Liga 1.
“Gláuber is a world-class international defender who we feel will be a great complement to Chad Marshall, anchoring our central defense,” Crew president and general manager Mark McCullers said in a released statement. “This was a key priority to improve our team in the offseason and we are excited for him to join the club.”
IMPACT DRAFT PICK DELPICCOLO SIGNS WITH EINTRACHT FRANKFURT
If the Montreal Impact’s gamble in the recent MLS SuperDraft is going to pay off, it will have to be some time in the future. The Impact’s second-round draft pick, midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo, has signed a contract with German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt. While DelPiccolo has opted to start his professional career abroad, the Impact will maintain the Louisville product’s MLS rights.
ONSTAD JOINS TFC STAFF AFTER PARTING WAYS WITH UNITED
It had been rumored for about a week already, but Pat Onstad has officially made the move from D.C. United to Toronto FC. TFC announced on Tuesday that Onstad, a former Canadian international, joined the club as Chief Scout and Manager of Football Partnerships. Onstad joins Toronto FC president and general manager Kevin Payne as former members of D.C. United to move to TFC this offseason.
“I had the pleasure of working with Pat at D.C. United and have great respect for him. He’s meticulous, diligent, and he knows our league very well,” Payne said in a statement released by Toronto FC. “He’s a perfect fit for this role and will be a great asset for our club.”
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