Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday
the club has signed Argentine defender Norberto Paparatto as well as striker
Fernandez, 30, joins the Timbers after several seasons in Argentina and
Mexico. Starting his professional career in 2002, Fernandez has made 224
appearances, scoring 48 goals in Argentina's Primera Division with River Plate
(2002-03; 04-06), Racing Club (2003-04), San Lorenzo (2007-08) and Estudiantes
He won league titles with three different clubs and played in four Copa
Libertadores tournaments, winning the competition in 2009 with Estudiantes.
Fernandez also scored 19 goals over 51 league appearances during parts of four
seasons with Mexican clubs Monterrey (2006-07) and Tigres (2008, 2009).
"Gaston is a talented and motivated player, and is a great addition to our
club," said general manager Gavin Wilkinson. "We add another quality, proven
goal-scorer to our attacking group. He has experienced success in the top
tiers of Argentina and Mexico, and we look forward to him making a big impact
in Portland and MLS."
Paparatto, 30, has played in Argentina's first division with Tigre since 2007,
making more than 100 appearances and scoring one goal in league play. He also
aided in Tigre making its first appearances in international competition,
twice playing in the Copa Sudamericana and earning a berth in the 2013 Copa
Paparatto first joined Tigre ahead of the 2007-08 campaign and played in 23
games for the club that season, 11 of which came during the Apertura
tournament as Tigre finished as the league's runner-up in second place.
"Norberto Paparatto brings leadership and experience, two characteristics that
further strengthen the club," Wilkinson said. "He has a desire to play in MLS
and Norberto's ambitions as a player are in line with what we want to
accomplish as a club. After several scouting trips and speaking to him at
length, we are excited to have him on board with the Timbers."
Both players will be added to the Timbers roster upon receipt of their P-1
Visas and International Transfer Certificates.
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