Portland Timbers Sign Mutanda Kwesele
Courtesy: Seattle University

PORTLAND, Ore. Today the Portland Timbers announced the signing of former Seattle University men’s soccer standout, Mutanda Kwesele.

Kwesele, 23, is the first player signed by the Timbers U-23s as the team prepares for its inaugural season in the Premier Development League in 2009. A native of Seattle, Wash., Kwesele was a standout at Seattle University, where he played for three seasons, helping the Redhawks reach the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007. In total, he played in 42 games during his college career and recorded two goals and five assists. Kwesele, who played his final college season in 2008, attended the Timbers’ annual player tryout in January.

“Mutanda is a very hard-working and intelligent player who will provide a solid foundation for our PDL team this season,” said Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson. “We have high expectations for Mutanda and expect to see him challenge for a first-team spot in the coming years.”

During his three years at Seattle University, Mutanda started in 26 of the 39 games he played. He scored one goal, added five assists, and totaled seven points during his career at SU. In his junior year, Kwesele earned Academic All-GNAC honors for his performance in the classroom.

*Parts of the story courtesy of the Portland Timbers.