Hányer Mosquera, 25-year old Colombian defender, was totally unveiled as the newest member of the Portland Timbers. Mosquera is the fourth Colombian to sign in eleven months, joining Jorge Perlaza, Diego Chará and José Valencia, making Portland one of the club’s most populated by Colombians. The 6’1″ 175 pound center back figures to go straight into the starting XI, though at whose expense is not yet known. The easy answer would be to relegate Futty Danso to the bench leaving Eric Brunner alongside Mosquera, but presumably training camp will be used to determine the opening day line-up.
The signing also highlights one of the reasons for drafting 19-year old Andrew Jean-Baptiste in last week’s SuperDraft. With three center backs ahead of him, healthy, and David Horst set to return by May or June, Jean-Baptiste will not be relied upon for a key role in the side and will be given a chance to develop in the reserve team, at least initially. The center back position, one facing big questions just a week ago, now can be counted as one with depth and quality.