Portland Timbers legend Fadendo Ali bids farewell to the club

Portland Timbers legend Fadendo Ali bids farewell to the club

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 30, 2018. 17:00

Nigerian striker Fanendo Adi has bid farewell to Major Soccer League club Portland Timbers in grand style.

The 27-year-old played his last match for the Timbers on Sunday at Providence Park in Oregon and led them to a 2-1 win by scoring the decisive goal in the 80th minute.

Adi is legend for the Timbers, having scored 54 goals and racked up 12 assists in 126 appearances.

"There comes a time in life where sometimes you move on, but the Portland Timbers are always going to be a family for me," Adi said in the wake of the match. "I'm just grateful for everything."

The 27-year-old is set to move to FC Cincinnati after losing his starting place in Oregon.

Adi’s decisive goal in his final game for the team was “an awesome moment” according to Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, who added: "It's a legendary send off for a club legend."

"He has been a tremendous and important component of the growth of the Portland Timbers," said Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese before turning to address Adi directly.

"In the past five years, you've done so much for this club and we wanted to wish you well, the best from me. I was proud to be able to coach you and you always gave me everything."

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