Timbers sign Yale goalkeeper Dan Moss
Baarts, Gantz and Nelson released
Portland, Ore. — The Portland Timbers announced today that they have signed Yale University goalkeeper Dan Moss to a multi-year contract. Moss participated in the Timbers training camp earlier this year, but returned to Yale to complete his English degree and graduate on May 18. Moss takes the place of back-up keeper, Matt Nelson, from Ireland’s Kilkenny City who was released.
“Danny is a great young talent and has the potential to become an outstanding professional,” said Jim Brazeau, Timbers’ goalkeeping coach. “With Moss and Matt Napoleon, it gives us the best goalkeeping tandem in the league.”
The Yale captain finished the 2000 season with a 0.98 goals against average for the 9-7-1 Bulldogs, good for second among Ivy League keepers For his career, Moss finished with a 1.06 goals against average, placing him fourth best in Yale history. In addition to being an All Ivy-League honorable mention, Moss also captured a number of awards including the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award and the Jack Marshall Award for team spirit, loyalty to his fellow players and dedication to the game.
In order for the team to get down to an 18-man roster, the Timbers also announced that they have released forward Rob Baarts and midfielder Roger Gantz.
“Releasing Baarts and Gantz was an extremely difficult decision,” said Jim Taylor, Timbers’ vice president and general manager. “They’re both first-class gentlemen and will always be part of the Timbers family. We very much appreciate the contributions they have made to the organization and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”