Portland Timbers acquire Lithuania int’l Andriuskevicius

New Portland Timbers signing Vytautas Andriuskevicius (yellow jersey #23) has appeared in nine World Cup Qualifying matches for Lithuania. (Photo: UEFA.com)

PORTLAND, Oregon – The Portland Timbers announced Thursday the signing of defender Vytautas Andriuskevicius.

The 25-year-old Lithuania international joins the Major League Soccer champion after spending the past two seasons with SC Cambuur in the Dutch Eredivisie, appearing in 52 games. He has also played with Lithuania’s FBK Kaunas (200710), Poland’s Lechia Gdansk (2010-13) and Djurgardens IF of Sweden (2013-14).

“It has been our priority to acquire a left back in the summer transfer window, and we are pleased to welcome [Vytautas] to the club,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers. “We have been looking to add a more natural left back that fits our system on both sides of the ball during this window, and we feel Vytas is a good fit for our club and the league. He has experience playing in strong European leagues and for his country at the international level, and, at 25, is in the prime of his career.”

At the international level for Lithuania, Andriuskevicius has earned 23 caps, including six starts during 2016 UEFA Euro Qualifying.

“[Vytautas] has a strong mentality and the physical tools to succeed in MLS,” said Portland head coach Caleb Porter. “His profile is a good fit for our system as we want our outside backs to be effective defenders first, and that is his biggest strength. We are pleased to add his experience and quality to our club at this crucial stage of the season."

Portland will open its second-ever Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League campaign on August 3 against Salvadoran visitor Dragon.