• Saturday Dec 12, 2015

    Villafaña presented after Portland-Santos transfer

    Jorge Villafaña (pictured) was transferred by the Portland Timbers to Santos on December 12, 2015. (Photo: Rick Osentoski/isiphotos.com)

    TORREON, Mexico – A day after his transfer from the Portland Timbers was announced, Jorge Villafaña was introduced Saturday as the newest member of 2015/16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist Santos. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

    Villafaña made 52 regular-season appearances for the recently-crowned MLS Cup champion Timbers over two seasons from 2014-2015. Originally obtained in a trade with Chivas USA on December 12, 2013, the 26-year-old defender logged two goals and seven assists for the Timbers, playing in an Major League Soccer-career high 33 games (all starts) during the 2015 season. 

    "I come excited, happy,” said Villafaña. “I’m eager to start now and do great things here. "[Santos] is a club that is always in the Liguillas, which has had several titles. I was quite interested. 

    "It's a great challenge that I have undertaken. My dream was always to play Mexican football.”

    An MLS veteran, who joined Chivas USA in 2007 as a 17-year-old, Villafaña has made 138 career league appearances (113 starts), registering nine goals and 13 assists. 

    He has represented the United States at multiple age-group levels, making three appearances in both the 2009 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, as well as playing in two games at the 2012 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. 

    Since the end of a 2015 Liga MX Apertura campaign that resulted in a 15th place, Santos has been busy strengthening its roster, recently acquiring midfielders Diego De Buen and Ulises Davila, as well as forward Martin Bravo. 

    The Guerreros will face the LA Galaxy in the 2015/16 SCCL quarterfinals on February 24 (away) and March 1 (home).

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