Portland Timbers Announces Goalkeeper Signings

Timbers Bet on Youth and Experience to Strengthen the Squad
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On Friday, the Portland Timbers announced the signing of two goalkeepers, Trey Muse and James Pantemis, in a strategic move aimed at bolstering the team for the upcoming season. The new additions bring a blend of youth and experience to the defensive sector of the team.

At 24 years old, Trey Muse arrives after an impressive season with the Charleston Battery, where he played a crucial role in the team's journey to the USL Championship final in 2023. His career includes stints with various clubs such as Memphis 901, San Diego Loyal, and Tacoma Defiance, solidifying his status as a promising talent.

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James Pantemis (41) of Montreal seen in action during the...
James Pantemis (41) of Montreal seen in action during the... / SOPA Images/GettyImages

James Pantemis, on the other hand, at 26 years old, boasts six seasons of MLS experience with CF Montréal, accumulating seven clean sheets in 34 matches during the last regular season. Additionally, Pantemis served as the third goalkeeper for the Canadian national team in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, eagerly awaiting his debut for the senior squad.

The strategic move by the Portland Timbers aims not only to reinforce the roster but also to create healthy competition in the goalkeeper position. General Manager Ned Grabavoy emphasized the importance of this initiative: "One of our main priorities this season was to rebuild our goalkeeper group, and this effort is well underway. We are excited to welcome both James and Trey to the Portland Timbers."

Furthermore, the presence of other goalkeepers like Hunter Sulte and Aljaz Ivacic promises to intensify the competition for the starting role. Ivacic, in particular, was the subject of trade rumors throughout 2023, adding an extra layer of anticipation to the team's future.