Timbers acquire Ghanaian soccer player
The Portland Timbers have acquired Ghanaian winger
Yartey on loan with a transfer option from Swiss Super League
side FC Sion, it was announced today. He will be added to the
Timbers’ roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer
Certificate (ITC) and P-1 visa. Per league and club policy, terms of
the transaction were not disclosed.
Yartey, 25, has made 27 league appearances with FC Sion since the
2013-14 season. Prior to joining FC Sion on loan from French Ligue 1
club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, Yartey made 15 appearances with the
French club, with whom he signed for in 2012.
A native of Swedru, Ghana, Yartey spent four years under contract
with Portuguese club Benfica in the Primeira Liga from 2009-12.
During the 2011-12 season, he started 31 games, tallying eight goals
while on loan to Swiss Super League side Servette FC of the Swiss
Super League. He also had loan stints with Portuguese clubs
Beira-Mar (2009-10; 2010-11) and Fátima (2010).
As a youth player, Yartey represented Ghana in the 2007 FIFA U-17
World Cup in Korea Republic where Ghana finished the tournament in
fourth place. While with the national team, he appeared in all seven
games and tallied one goal against Colombia during the group stage.
A member of the Ghana National Team player pool, Yartey was called
up for two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification games during 2012, but
did not make an appearance with the senior team.
Yartey will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.