Portland Timbers sign Andrew Weber
PHOENIX - Arizona native and goalkeeper Andrew Weber is returning to the Pacific Northwest. On Friday, the Portland Timbers announced that they have signed Weber. Terms were not disclosed, per a release from the Timbers.
“It’s exciting and another opportunity to keep doing what I love to do,” Weber said. “Looking forward to being apart of a great organization, who had a great year last year and I’m excited to be in the Pacific Northwest again, I love it up there.”
In 2013, Weber spent a portion of the season in the Cascadia region with the Seattle Sounders, while on loan from Phoenix FC. In three league matches for the Sounders, Weber earned his first win in over three years against Chivas USA on July 28th, and was a two-time nominee for MLS Save of the Week: Week 20, Week 22.
“About a year ago I was about to go to training with Real Salt Lake. I knew I was going to play but I didn’t know where. I was in negotiations with Phoenix FC, but it’s a lot easier going into the year with a contract. It obviously takes the stress out. However, I’m looking forward for joining Portland. It’s nice to have a team to play for.
Weber is one of nine natives in MLS: Nat Borchers, Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Tony Cascio (Colorado Rapids), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Danny Cruz (Philadelphia Union), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls), Nick DeLeon (D.C. United) and Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders).
Brandon McDonald finished the 2013 season with Real Salt Lake and is currently without a club. Pablo Mastroeni retired at the end of the season and has been named to the Colorado Rapids technical staff.