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Monday, January 07, 2002

Timbers get D3 Pro League's most valuable player
Confirmation from the Oregonian this morning that the Timbers have indeed signed Syrian-born Fadi Afash from the Utah Blitzz to a 1-year contract. 27-year-old Afash, a former Syrian national team member, scored 19 goals for the Blitzz in the 2001 season (with 4 assists in 14 matches, 2 away from the league's scoring record) earning him the D3 Pro League's MVP award. The previous year he scored 15 goals for the Stanislaus United Cruisers (in 18 games, out of his team's total of 29) earning the D3 Rookie of the Year award.

"His performances during the last two years have made him the talk of the league," Timbers coach Bobby Howe said. "He is clearly an outstanding goal scorer and an entertaining player."


Afash will officially join the Timbers April 1, 2002, as he is still under contract with the Sacramento Knights of the World Indoor Soccer League where he is playing in his second indoor season.
Afash began his career playing for Al Ittihad in the Syrian First Division. His amateur experience includes 25 goals and 46 caps with the Syrian National Team and four years playing for the Syrian Army Team, Al Jaish.
It is reported that Afash turned down a chance to sign with the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS.

posted by the timberlog at 7:08 AM



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