PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers have signed forward Nathan Fogaça to a one-year contract, the club announced today. Fogaça’s contract will see him through the 2022 season with club options for 2023 and 2024, pending the receipt of his P1 Visa.
Fogaça, 22, first joined T2 on April 22 via transfer from Brazilian side Coritiba. The Brazilian forward posted two 90-minute performances with T2, tallying an assist on May 1 against Colorado Rapids 2 and converting his penalty kick in T2’s shootout against Real Monarchs on April 24. Prior to coming to Portland, Fogaça enjoyed a successful 2021 campaign in the USL Championship on loan with San Antonio FC. Fogaça recorded 34 appearances (30 starts) and tallied a team-best 13 goals and four assists for San Antonio. He helped lead San Antonio FC to the 2021 USL Championship conference final, scoring in both the conference quarterfinal and semifinal.
The Palmeira, Brazil native logged nearly 40 matches played across all competitions with Brazilian side Coritiba between 2018-2020. Notably, Fogaça made 12 appearances in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 2020 after Coritiba was promoted. He made his professional debut for Coritiba at the age of 18 in June of 2018, scoring his first professional goal just weeks later.
Transaction: Portland Timbers sign forward Nathan Fogaça through the 2022 season with club options for 2023 and 2024, pending the receipt of his P1 Visa.
Date of Birth: June 9, 1999
Birthplace: Palmeira, Brazil
Last Club: Coritiba
Portland Timbers 2022 Roster (as of May 5)
Goalkeepers: David Bingham, Aljaz Ivacic, Hunter Sulte, Justin Vom Steeg
Defenders: Pablo Bonilla, Claudio Bravo, Larrys Mabiala, Zac McGraw, Justin Rasmussen, Bill Tuiloma, Josecarlos Van Rankin, Dario Zuparic
Midfielders: David Ayala, Sebastián Blanco, Blake Bodily, Diego Chara, Yimmi Chara, George Fochive, Marvin Loría, Santiago Moreno, Cristhian Paredes, Eryk Williamson
Forwards: Dairon Asprilla, Nathan Fogaça, Diego Gutierrez, Tega Ikoba, Felipe Mora, Jaroslaw Niezgoda
Fogaça and Houston Dynamo 2's Roberto Avila are the second and third MLS NEXT Pro players to sign a contract with Major League Soccer, joining Inter Miami CF's Noah Allen, who signed with the club on March 11 prior to the start of the MLS NEXT Pro season.Fogaça and Avila are the only players to sign an MLS contract after competing in MLS NEXT Pro.