The Portland Timbers announced another move Sunday.
After sending Julio Cascante to Austin FC for General Allocation Money, the club announced they have acquired $300,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) from Los Angeles FC in exchange for homegrown defender Marco Farfan.
The trade will enter into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. “I have known Marco for the better part of 20 years and to see his growth as a player and a person is remarkable,” general manager Gavin Wilkinson said. “He is an incredible young man that has set the bar very high for every player coming through our academy. We understand Marco’s desire to seek a new challenge and wish him all the success in world.”
Farfan was the youngest player to sign with the Timbers in team history.
He was the first player of the Timbers Academy to sign a Homegrown Player contract back in 2016. Farfan made 14 appearances last season.
“It’s been a dream playing for my hometown club and being part of the Portland Timbers’ organization since 2015. I am thankful for the fans and everyone involved who gave me the opportunity to step on the field and wear the green and gold,” said Farfan. “I’m very proud of the group accomplishments and the individual lessons learned these last few years, but I am also excited for the future and the next chapter in my career.” Farfan is a Gresham, Oregon native. In his Timbers career, he made 37 appearances (24 starts) across all competitions for the Portland (2017-20). “We are proud of the progress that Marco has made here at the Timbers, starting at the academy to playing more minutes this year,” said Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese. “We will support the sentiment of a player if he needs a new challenge and are thankful for everything he has given us over the years.” Farfan was part of the squad that won the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, Fla. Additionally, Farfan tallied one goal in 57 appearances (56 starts) for Portland Timbers 2 in the USL Championship (2016-20).