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Timbers Rumors: Timbers to announce signing of Kalif Alhassan?

19 August 2010 1,305 views 5 Comments

Gavin Wilkinson recently hinted on Talk Timbers that the Timbers would be signing a young prospect who they expect to make an impact in the MLS. Today John Strong tweeted “News coming today…check that St Louis box score again…”. One thing that stands out on the St. Louis box score is that Kalif Alhassan is listed in the ineligible section.

Kalif Alhassan is a 19 year old from Ghana who is listed as an attacking midfielder and a forward. His first name may also be spelled Khalif. Gavin Wilkinson went on a scouting trip to Ghana in May, so this signing may be the result of that. We have no confirmation on this, so it’s just a rumor at this point. The Timbers will be announcing the signing this afternoon.

Update:
It’s official, the Timbers announced the signing of Kalif Alhassan for the remainder of this season.

From the Timbers official website – Timbers sign Ghanaian midfielder Kalif Alhassan.

And from Oregonlive blogger Kip Kesgard – Timbers invite Salgado to Camp, sign midfielder Alhassan

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5 Comments »

  • corey cox said:

    I hope we sign this guy, along with Omar Salgado. This would make two good young players that are under the age of 19 (Salgado being 16). Also, would like to see them in action this year, so we can see what we're looking at for next year.

  • Anonymous said:

    I like seeing these young prospects come to town. We could be signing superstars!

  • Kevin said:

    Corey, I agree, and I'd say there's a really good chance that we'll get to see Alhassan play soon, otherwise I don't think the team would have signed him this year. Basically, players like Alhassan, Ibad, and Salgado (if we sign him) are on tryout for the MLS next season.

    Even if they don't end up being signed by the Timbers in 2011, they're still getting great exposure and could end up signing for another MLS club.

    I'm excited for Alhassan. He's young, but obviously a player with a lot of potential. Listed at 5'9, 158lbs, he's a small, speedy player with solid ball skills and an aggressive mentality. Alhassan also has experience with the Ghana youth national team. So, here's hoping he can help the Timber's control the midfield more consistently and provide a little scoring punch.

  • maofootball said:

    He was with the U-20 team in camp before they won the U-20 World Cup last year. Not on the team, but obviously good enough to try-out with them. I like the signing, though I wish he was here sooner. He might not get to play a home game.

    Good heads up reporting by you guys, by the way.

  • Kip K said:

    Kudos to the Timbers boys and Mao for being all over this story. Good writeup from all!!

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