The Portland Timbers provided a surprise today at the press conference introducing the first four signings to the 2011 MLS Timbers roster: English forward Eddie Johnson. Johnson played this past season for the Austin Aztex, where he scored 14 goals in the regular season, finishing one spot behind Portland’s Ryan Pore in the race for the Golden Boot.
Ryan Pore, Bright Dike, and Steve Cronin round out the first four signings. Timbers technical director Gavin Wilkinson announced too that we can expect the likely future signing of two other players from this year’s team, a central defender and a midfielder. In all likelihood he was referring to Mamadou “Futty” Danso and Kalif Alhassan, respectively.
The photographs below were taken by yours truly at the press conference today.