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Confirmed: Ghana’s Adam Kwarasey ends MLS stint


The short but fruitful Major League Soccer (MLS) stint for Ghana’s goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey has come to an end after Portland Timbers announced the transfer of their shot stopper to Norwegian side Rosenborg BK.

Kwarasey signed for the Timbers on December 8, 2014 and made 40 regular-season league appearances over the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

In his first season in 2015, the 28-year-old appeared in 33 regular-season games and five matches during the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs as he helped the Timbers to their first ever MLS Cup title, winning 2015 MLS Save of the Year honors in the process.

Kwarasey appeared in seven matches for the Timbers this season before sustaining a finger injury in April. He recently returned to full health, but found himself second-choice to Jake Gleeson thanks to the New Zealander's outstanding performances during his absence.

Portland Timbers general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson thanked the Ghanaian in a club statement that announced the departure of the goalie.

“On behalf of the Timbers, I would like to sincerely thank Adam for his major contributions to the club, both on and off the field, and for his instrumental role in helping the Timbers win their first MLS Cup”.

“This transfer gives the Timbers flexibility to strengthen the team and is a move that makes sense for Adam, his family and the Timbers. We wish him all the best in his career”, Wilkinson noted.

Timbers head coach Caleb Porter paid tribute to the professional values of the Ghanaian during his short spell with the Portland outfit.

“I want to thank Adam for his contributions to the club and for helping us win our first major trophy. I enjoyed working with him, and he was a top-class professional in his time here. We wish him nothing but the best with his new opportunity”, the coach said.

Prior to joining the Timbers, Kwarasey made 154 league appearances over eight seasons with Strømsgodset of the Tippeligaen, Norway's top flight, winning a league championship with the club in 2013.

Currently atop the Tippeligaen table, Rosenborg have won 23 league titles, nine Norwegian Cups and are the league's reigning champions. The club has played in the UEFA Europa tournament in five consecutive seasons and are currently in the midst of qualifying for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League; Rosenborg will carry a 3-1 advantage into Wednesday's away leg of their two-legged series vs. Swedish side Norrköping.
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