The Portland Timbers have signed striker Ibad Muhamadu, 28, from Dutch squad FC Dordrecht. Muhamadu, born in Amsterdam, is of Ghanian and Surinamese heritage, and will be counted on to upgrade the Timbers’ attack.
Muhamadu has tallied 45 goals in his professional career, most of which has been spent in the Netherlands. He has played for such clubs as Willem II, MVV Maastricht and FC Twente in addition to FC Dordrecht. He also made 12 appearances for Belgian club Cercle Brugge from 2005 to 2007, but was unable to settle in with the club and find regular playing time. He also played briefly in Germany for SG Dynamo Dresden before resuming his career in the Netherlands.
Muhamadu scored eight times for FC Dordrecht, an Eerste Divisie team that plays a level below the Eredivisie, the home of such noted Dutch clubs as Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, AZ Alkmaar and current champions FC Twente. Muhamadu should hopefully help the Timbers’ goalscoring. Although Coach Gavin Wilkinson’s team leads USSF D2 in shots taken, they have only scored 19 times, with midfielder Ryan Pore notching 11 of their goals.
Portland ends a four game road trip tonight in Rochester, and sit in third place in the USL Conference, three points behind the Rhinos. For more information on the MLS- bound TImbers, check out the Dropping Timber blog http://www.droppingtimber.com/