Timbers Sign Goalkeepers Aljaz Ivacic and David Bingham
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers have signed goalkeepers Aljaz Ivacic and David Bingham to new contracts through the 2023 season, the team announced today. Ivacic's contract includes a club option year for 2024.
"We lost a very talented player in this position and in following the same philosophy that has helped this club over time, we have signed two quality goalkeepers to challenge for the starting role," said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers. "Aljaz has been waiting for this opportunity and David has proven himself in this league. Our coaching staff is excited about these players, and we look forward to both of them continuing to show their talents with the team and in the league."
Ivacic, 28, joined the Timbers in 2019. In his three seasons with Portland, the Ljubljana, Slovenia native has started in six of seven appearances, recording 25 saves in his MLS career. Ivacic earned MLS Team of the Week honors on Aug. 21 in 2021 after the Timbers' victory over RSL, also logging a career-high seven saves. In 2019, Ivacic was loaned to Timbers 2, making 12 appearances with the USL-side.
Bingham, 32, spent the 2021 season training with the Timbers and is set to join the club under a new contract after playing seven seasons with San Jose Earthquakes (2011-2017) and three with L.A. Galaxy (2018-2020). The Castro Valley, Calif. native has started in 180 of 181 appearances, logging 46 shutouts in his 10-year MLS career.
"With change comes opportunity and I am happy to have two goalkeepers with good experience on the roster," said head coach Giovanni Savarese. "We are looking forward to helping them continue to take steps forward in their professional growth."
TRANSACTION: The Timbers sign goalkeepers Aljaz Ivacic and David Bingham to new contracts through the 2023 season. Ivacic's contract includes a club option year for 2024.
Portland Timbers 2022 Roster
*as of Jan. 13
Goalkeepers: Jeff Attinella, David Bingham, Aljaz Ivacic, Hunter Sulte
Defenders: Pablo Bonilla, Claudio Bravo, Larrys Mabiala, Zac McGraw, Bill Tuiloma, Dario Zuparic
Midfielders: Blake Bodily, Diego Chara, Yimmi Chara, George Fochive, Marvin Loría, Santiago Moreno, Cristhian Paredes, Andy Polo, Diego Valeri, Eryk Williamson
Forwards: Dairon Asprilla, Tega Ikoba, Felipe Mora, Jaroslaw Niezgoda
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