Timbers goalie Jeff Attinella undergoes successful surgery


After Jeff Attinella was carted off the field on a stretcher in the Portland Timbers home loss to the Seattle Sounders on May 9, the Timbers goalkeeper has officially undergone surgery to repair a ruptured right rectus femoris tendon.

The team confirmed Attinella’s successful surgery on Tuesday, as performed by Dr. Kevin Murphy of Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center. He will conduct his rehabilitation with the Timbers sports medicine staff.

With Attinella out for the remainder of the season and the Timbers two other keepers, Steve Clark and Aljaz Ivacic still sidelined, the team signed USL Championship goalkeeper Logan Ketterer. The 27-year-old had 19 starts for El Paso Locomotive FC last season.

Ketterer, the emergency on-loan goalkeeper, saved a PK in his debut. He denied San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski an equalizer as Portland beat San Jose 2-0 on May 15. For his efforts, Ketterer was named to the MLS Team of the Week.

Along with Ketterer, the Timbers have 19-year-old homegrown Hunter Sulte remaining as options at goalkeeper. 

“I have to say thank you to El Paso and their coach, Mark Lowry, because they allowed us to have a goalkeeper that we needed today,” Savarese said after Saturday’s game. “We have to make sure we take time with Hunter. He’s growing, he’s developing, he’s making great steps forward, but we have to be smart in the way we manage his development.


"That’s why having Logan and the way he contributed today was very important for us.”