Nigeria youth international Akinjide Idowu has completed a move to Portland Timbers of the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States, but will start their reserve team, (known as T2) in the United States Soccer League (USL), which is the equivalent of the second division of club football in the United States, fcnaija.com has exclusively gathered.
The 19-year old defensive midfielder has signed a three-year contract with the club, after they completed his signing from the Nigeria Youth Soccer Academy in Calabar for an undisclosed fee.
The deal was completed on Friday, after the player successfully underwent a routine medical and will start training with the club on Saturday.
The player has already been given an apartment, and is expected to get his work permit and social security clearance within the next 10 working days.
Fcnaija.com has been exclusively and reliable told that the three-year contract is worth around $1.5m.
Idowu was a member of the 2013 Nigeria U17 squad that won the FIFA U17 World Cup in the UAE, and also part of Nigeria’s team to the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.