The Portland Timbers have announced the signing of goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau as a free agent. The 29-year-old experienced Canadian goalkeeper joins the team after leaving LAFC and has signed a contract until the end of the 2025 season, with the option to extend his deal to 2026.
The news was met with excitement by general manager Ned Grabavoy, who praised Crépeau's technical skills and character, highlighting his leadership as an essential element to fortify the Timbers' squad. With a solid MLS career since 2013, Crépeau gained prominence in 2019 while playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, amassing an impressive 23 clean sheets in 100 appearances during his stints with Montréal, Vancouver, and LAFC.
Crépeau was the starting goalkeeper for the LAFC team that secured the MLS Cup and the Supporters' Shield in 2022, and his contribution was crucial in the team's journey to the MLS Cup final last season, even after recovering from a leg injury.
Coach Phil Neville expressed his excitement about Crépeau's arrival, emphasizing that the goalkeeper is one of the key figures in the MLS position, and his winning experience will be valuable for the team. The signing is part of a restructuring in the Timbers' goalkeeping unit, which recently added James Pantemis and Trey Muse to the roster.
With the start of the 2024 season set for February 24 against the Colorado Rapids at Providence Park, Crépeau's presence promises to bring a new dimension to the Portland Timbers' defense.