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Paid Their Dues: Amobi Okugo Signs for Portland

The former Philadelphia Union midfielder signs with the defending MLS champions Portland Timbers.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

We weren't sure if we would see Amobi Okugo in MLS this year after he was waived by Sporting Kansas City in February, but the defending MLS Champions Portland Timbers announced on Monday that they had signed Okugo. Okugo had had a short time with USL side New York Red Bulls, II but speculation about the move arose after he was spotted at the Portland Timbers' loss against New York City FC on Sunday.

In his time away from the Union, Okugo played in 17 matches for expansion side Orlando City and only three matches while in Kansas City. Okugo played only game while in the USL, where he played against the Union's own USL team Bethlehem Steel FC.

Okugo should fit in well with the champions, who are struggling defensively. Okugo has always been known as a solid defender who if needed can get up on the attack to help boost the offense. Timbers' fans have mixed feelings about this, as some were excited to have a player of Okugo's quality, while others were looking for the Timbers' USL side to provide defensive assistance. Nonetheless, the Timbers have landed a talented defender, and we wish all the best to Okugo in his time in Portland!