The Portland Timbers have signed midfielder David Ayala from Club Estudiantes de la Plata in Argentina, the club reported today.
Midfielder David Ayala has signed with the Timbers from Club Estudiantes de la Plata in Argentina. Welcome, David! 💚💛
— Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) February 1, 2022
Ayala, 19, has 33 appearances for Estudiantes across all competitions since joining the first team in 2019. As a defensive midfielder, he’s been referred to as a possible replacement for longtime Timber Diego Chara.
Per press release, “Ayala will occupy an international and a U22 Initiative Slot. Ayala will be added to the Timbers’ roster, pending a physical and receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 visa.”
Ayala has been rumored to join Portland for a while, with MLSsoccer.com’s Tom Bogert providing the most recent scoops.