Sources: Portland Timbers finalizing signing of Chivas, Mexico int’l defender Josecarlos Van Rankin | Tom Bogert

The Portland Timbers are finalizing the signing of Mexico international proper back Josecarlos Van Rankin on loan from Chivas Guadalajara, sources inform MLSsoccer.com.

The deal is in its final stages and features a buy possibility for Portland on the end of the loan for over $1 million. 

Van Rankin, 27, had spent his total career in his native country and made his debut with the Mexican national team in 2018. He spent 2020 on loan with Santos Laguna, the place he made 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice. He broke by way of with Pumas and made 173 appearances with the membership earlier than becoming a member of Chivas in 2018.

The fullback is a pure on the precise, although can play left back as well. Van Rankin is lauded as a great 1v1 defender with robust tempo and glorious crossing means. 

Van Rankin would join Pablo Bonilla because the membership’s solely two pure proper backs. Portland stay excessive on the Venezuelan youth international, who made 10 MLS begins in 2020. 

Van Rankin’s means to cowl each fullback positions is enticing to the membership, given the expectation that new signing Claudio Bravo would possible be known as up by Argentina for the Olympics, ought to the match go on as scheduled. 

Portland have finished a good bit of maneuvering alongside their backline this offseason.

Bravo has already formally signed to be the membership’s beginning left back, whereas Jorge Villafana, Marco Farfan and Julio Cascante have departed through trades. In the meantime, center back stalwart Larrys Mabiala signed a new contract to increase his stay on the membership.

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