Monday, 16 March 2009

Takuro's Big American Adventure

Former Ardija defender Takuro Nishimura - described by one Squirrels fan as "friendly off the pitch, a liability on it" - is now having a trial with American team Portland Timbers, who play in the second tier USL1. Takuro has been training in the States for most of the winter, having been released by Omiya at the end of 2008.

Having hooked up with Portland, he participated in their 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat to San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday. A noteworthy player for the Timbers is former Marinos and national team forward Takayuki Suzuki who appeared in 26 games for the Timbers, while other ex-Ardija players currently in the USL1 are Takashi Hirano at Vancouver and Rochester's Mauricio Salles.



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