Timbers address center back depth with signing of Pa Modou Kah

The 32-year-old defender provides another option in the back for coach Caleb Porter, who has seen his center back depth chart shrink in recent weeks.
With just days until the MLS transfer window closes, the Portland Timbers have addressed an area of need.

The Timbers signed veteran center back Pa Modou Kah Friday, three days before the transfer window shuts until later in the summer. Kah's arrival helps plug a hole created by the departure of Colombian Hanyer Mosquera and injuries to David Horst and Mikael Silvestre. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Timbers announced they have signed Kah for the remainder of the season.

Kah, 32, is a Gambia native with dual Gambian-Norwegian citizenship, and he has represented Norway 10 times on the international level. He spent time playing his club soccer in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Qatar in addition to his most recent stop, playing for Al-Wehda in Saudi Arabia's top flight.

“With the loss of David Horst, we have had our eye on adding another central defender for the past month,” coach Caleb Porter said in a team statement. “Kah is a top-level player and will bring a wealth of experience as a professional, playing in some of the top leagues around the world. This signing couldn’t come at a better time with the recent injury of Mikael Silvestre. We expect Kah to step into the backline and make an immediate impact in our club.”

Kah joins Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Mamadou "Futty" Danso and rookie Dylan Tucker-Gangnes among the Timbers' healthy central defenders.

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