UPDATE (Jan. 19, 1:15 pm ET): The Portland Timbers have acquired forward Felipe Mora from Pumas UNAM on a permanent transfer, the club announced Tuesday. Mora was on loan with the Timbers in 2020.
Mora, 27, He had seven goals and two assists over 19 appearances (13 starts) last year. The forward is a Chilean international with five caps.
“Having Felipe on loan in 2020 provided an invaluable extended scouting opportunity and reinforced the fact that he is a high quality player with tremendous values who will continue to help the Timbers win,” Timbers GM and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson said in a club statement. “Felipe pushed for the chance to stay in Portland, which made it possible to acquire him at a favorable transfer fee. We are fortunate and excited to add a proven player in Felipe to an already tremendous group of attacking players."
ORIGINAL (Jan. 8, 12:30 pm ET): The Portland Timbers are finalizing a deal with Pumas UNAM over the permanent transfer of Felipe Mora, sources tell MLSsoccer.com. The clubs have agreed to terms and are close to completing the deal.
A source previously told MLSsoccer.com that there was a $4 million purchase option in Mora's original loan agreement, but Portland and Pumas agreed to a new figure with the Liga MX side retaining a portion of his rights.
Mora, 27, was on loan with Portland in 2020. He had seven goals and two assists over 19 appearances (13 starts). The forward is a Chilean international with five caps.
With Designated Player Jaroslaw Niezgoda out injured with a torn ACL suffered in November, Mora will continue to see plenty of opportunities to lead the line in Portland. He and US international Jeremy Ebobisse will likely see the majority of the minutes, though Ebobisse has also excelled as a winger during his young career.