PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers announced today that they have signed midfielder Jake Sagare to a one-year deal. Sagare, who joined the Timbers last year as a rookie out of the University of Washington, just completed a stint with Grimsby Town FC in the English First Division.
"We're thrilled to have Jake back in the fold," said Timbers general manager Jim Taylor. "We're looking for his speed and skill to give us a much needed boost because at the moment we're struggling a bit."
Sagare could see action as early as tonight when the Portland Timbers (2-5-0, 6 pts) play host to the Minnesota Thunder (4-2-0, 12 pts) at PGE Park. Kick-off is set for 7:05 p.m.
Portland is coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss at Calgary on Sunday. The loss dropped Portland into fourth place in the Pacific Division eight points back of first place Seattle and five points back of second place Vancouver. Portland plays host to Vancouver on Thursday, May 29.
Sagare played in 27 regular season matches of the Timbers in 2002. In 1963 minutes he racked up four assists for a total of four points.
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