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Portland Timbers sign defender Ish Jome, midfielder Jorge Gonzalez


The Portland Timbers have made two more additions ahead of the start of their 2021 MLS campaign, announcing Friday the club has signed defender Ismaila “Ish” Jome and midfielder Jorge Gonzalez.

Both players have signed a one-year contract with a club option for an additional year, with Gonzalez getting loaned to USL Championship side Louisville City SC for the upcoming season.

Jome, 26, spend last season in the USL with Austin Bold FC, where he scored a pair of goals in 16 appearances. He's also featured for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, Nashville SC and the Timbers' U-23 side and made 12 appearances for Minnesota United during the Loons' inaugural MLS season in 2017.

Jome played his college soccer at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he made 56 appearances and scored six goals from 2013-2015.

Gonzalez played last season with the Timbers' USL affiliate Portland Timbers 2 and had a productive year, racking up eight goals and one assist in 10 appearances. The 22-year-old is a former MLS SuperDraft pick of LAFC, who took him in the third round with the No. 76 overall pick in 2020. He put up 22 goals and seven assists in 50 matches during his collegiate career at SIU Edwardsville from 2017-2019 while getting named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year.