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Timbers Acquire Slovenian Goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic

January 18, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Portland Timbers News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers announced today that the club has acquired Slovenian goalkeeper Aljaž Iva?i? via transfer from Slovenian PrvaLiga side NK Olimpija Ljubljana. Iva?i? will be added to the Timbers' roster, pending a physical and receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 visa.

"We are pleased to welcome Aljaž Iva?i? to the Portland Timbers," said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers. "It was a goal of ours to further strengthen this position during the offseason, and this move affords us the opportunity to add to an already strong group."

Iva?i?, 25, arrives in Portland after playing two seasons with NK Olimpija Ljubljana, helping the club win both the league and cup title during the 2017-18 season. During that span, Iva?i? appeared in 55 matches across all competitions, posting a 0.88 goals-against average and 24 clean sheets.

"We are excited to add another solid goalkeeping option to our roster," said Giovanni Savarese, head coach of the Timbers. "Aljaž is a player that has a good mindset and mentality, and we look forward to helping him continue to grow and develop with our club."

During the 2018-19 season, Iva?i? made 25 appearances across all competitions, including 18 appearances in league play for Olimpija, logging 1,620 minutes, while recording five clean sheets. In addition, Iva?i? appeared in both legs of UEFA Champions League qualifying, recording a shutout in a 0-0 draw with Qaraba? FK, and also started five matches during Europa League qualifying. In 2017-18, Iva?i? played in 25 matches for Olimpija, allowing just 12 goals and recording 14 clean sheets during that span. Iva?i? also played matches on loan with NK Bela Krajina (2013-14) and NK Radomlje (2014-17) in the Druga Liga, appearing in 68 matches for the two clubs combined.

Iva?i? will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.

Transaction: Portland Timbers acquire goalkeeper Aljaž Iva?i? via transfer from Slovenian PrvaLiga side NK Olimpija Ljubljana on Jan. 18, 2019

Aljaž Iva?i?

Pronunciation: ahl-YAJH EVE-vah-chitch

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6-2

Weight: 180

Born: Dec. 29, 1993, in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Last Club: NK Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Citizenship: Slovenia

Acquired: Acquired via transfer from Slovenian PrvaLiga side NK Olimpija on Jan. 18, 2019

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