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Timbers sign Scottish Premier League midfielder, Michael O'Neill, and U.S. Olympic defender, Matt Chulis, to multi-year deals
Portland, OR - The Portland Timbers announced today that they have signed Scottish Premier League midfielder, Michael O'Neill, and U.S. Olympian, Matt Chulis, to multi-year agreements.
O'Neill, 32, joins the Timbers from St, Johnstone of the Scottish Premier League. He has 31 caps (international appearances) for Northern Ireland. The hard-working midfielder has enjoyed a great deal of success playing in the United Kingdom for teams like Newcastle United and Coventry City of the English Premier League; Reading, and Wigan Athletic, currently in the English 2nd Division; and Dundee United, Hibernian, and Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.
"We're delighted that Michael is finally here and eligible to play this weekend's U.S. Open Cup qualifying matches," said Bobby Howe, Timbers head coach. "Michael possesses excellent skill and is a great passer of the ball in midfield. His vast playing experience will be a great value to the team."
Chulis joins the Timbers after playing for the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer (MLS). Chulis, 23, was a member of the U.S. Men's Olympic (U-23) soccer team, which had it's best Olympic showing ever placing fourth in the 2000 Sydney Games.
"What a great defender Matt Chulis is," said Howe. "Despite his young age, Matt has great experience playing for the U.S. Men's National Under-20 and Under-23 teams as well as Major League Soccer."
One of the premier defenders in college soccer in the 1998 season for the University of Virginia, Chulis was a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Award and Hermann Trophy - as well as every other player-of-the-year award. He chose to return for his fourth year at University of Virginia, turning down offers to join Pro-40. Chulis was a first-round college draft choice of the Columbus Crew and was the first defender chosen, the ninth overall selection. He was a three-time All-American at Virginia starting every game of his four-year career at one of the top college programs in the country.
Both O'Neill and Chulis have been cleared by the United States Soccer Federation to play in this weekend's U.S. Open Cup qualifying matches on the road against the Utah Blitzz on Saturday and the Nevada Aces on Sunday. Saturday's game can be heard live beginning at 6:30 p.m. on "The Buzz" 620 AM. Sunday's broadcast will be carried on the Timbers flagship station, AM 970 "Cruisin' Oldies", beginning at 4:30 p.m. Timbers broadcasts can also be heard live online at Oregonlive.com.
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