Arokoyo seals move to Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer (MLS) side, Portland Timbers, have announced the acquisition of Nigerian defender, Gbenga Arokoyo, subject to international clearance.

The 23-year-old centre-back was acquired on the back of the Discovery Priority from New York City FC in exchange for a Targeted Allocation Money plus a conditional third-round 2017 MLS draftpick.

He is expected to team up with the Timbers, who also have Nigerian striker, Fanendo Adi, on their roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 visa.

“Gbenga is a young, athletic defender, who we believe will be a strong asset to our back line as he continues to develop within our club,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers.

Arokoyo, 23, recently got capped by the Super Eagles in May last played for Turkish SuperLiga side Gazientepspor before he was released at the end of last season.

He also played with Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC as well as with Mjalby AIF in Sweden’s Allsvenskan.

“Gbenga is a talented young player with an athletic profile and he has a big upside for the future,” Caleb Porter, head coach of the Timbers said.

Arokoyo will occupy an international player slot on the Timbers team roster.