Portland Timbers forward Felipe Mora has undergone successful left knee surgery, the club announced today. The injury was sustained in a preseason play (probably after the Sporting Kansas City match.
Mora, 28, was Portland’s starting striker and leading scorer last season, with 15 goals from 37 appearances in all competitions. He scored the match-tying goal in 2021 MLS Cup in the 94th minute. Mora has 22 goals in 63 career appearances for Portland since joining the club in 2020.
Portland will lean on Designated Player Jaroslaw Niezgoda for early-season goals, which will be needed with both starting center backs (Larrys Mabiala and Dario Zuparic) also nursing injuries to start the season. Niezgoda, 26, has 11 goals in 38 career Timbers appearances since joining in 2020.
MLS Homegrown signing Tega Ikoba is also expected to get minutes in Mora’s absence.
The Timbers open MLS play against the New England Revolution on Saturday, Feb. 26th at Providence Park.