Timbers sign USMNT left-back Jorge Villafana

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U.S. international Jorge Villafana has returned from whence he came, making his way back to the Portland Timbers after three seasons in Liga MX.

The 28-year-old Anaheim product was a key member of the 2015 Portland team that won the MLS Cup, making 33 appearances that season plus six more in the playoffs. He was then sent to Santos Laguna that January where he has been since.

“It’s with great pleasure that we welcome back Jorge Villafaña to the Timbers,” said Portland GM Gavin Wilkinson in the official team release. “We are thrilled to welcome [Jorge] back to Portland. He returns to the club as an even more experienced and seasoned professional, with his accomplishments with the U.S. National Team and his championship-winning success in Liga MX, and we look forward to his further contributions in his return to Portland.”

Villafana has 19 caps for the USMNT, all coming since his debut in January of 2017, and has only lost in three of his 19 appearances.

The Timbers used Targeted Allocation Money to buy down Villafana’s contract. They acquired the No. 1 position in the Allocation Ranking from the LA Galaxy in exchange for Portland’s No. 16 position, $75,000 in General Allocation Money and $100,000 in 2019 TAM, the team announced.