Owen Dell wears ear muffs before the start of the MLS Western Conference Championship soccer game between the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake at Jeld-Wen Field. (Jaime Valdez, USA TODAY Sports)

Portland Timbers Sign New Centerback from Argentina


The Portland Timbers are in the process of adding Argentinian Norberto Paparatto. The report comes straight from Argentina, Diario Ole releasing the news that the 30-year-old centerback will join the Timbers pending a medical examination. I’ll be honest, I would have never found this without Daniel Karell writing for soccerbyives.net.

Paparatto played the last six years with Argentinian club Tigre with 126 matches and even some time as captain. In the 2011-12 season, Paparatto was helped Tigre to finished the season in second.

What’s interesting is that this is yet another Argentinian joining the ranks of the Portland Timbers. Last year, head coach Caleb Porter utilized Diego Valeri, who took over as the man up front. He scored goals off dead balls, he scored goals running at full speed, and he always knew the perfect pass. At the end of it all, Valeri was a massive success, winning the MLS Newcomer of the Year.

Understandably, the Timbers are sticking to the same formula. This is their second signing of an Argentinian in this offseason. Gaston “La Gata” Fernandez joined the Timbers earlier this January.

Now that Paparatto makes three in the Portland’s Argentinian collection, we can definitely call it a trend. Could there be another great newcomer between Paparatto or Fernandez? The Timbers sure hope so.

Paparatto will be competing for playing time with the likes of Pa-Modou Kah or Mamadou Danso for the direct center back spot. Portland continues to load up a multiple position this Winter, and are making depth a true priority. They have at least one good, or great, player in each of the main positional categories (GK, D, M, and F), but having decent backups is never a bad thing.

Keep it tuned to MLS Multiplex for any upcoming moves by the Timbers or the rest of the league.

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