Ghana goalkeeper Kwarasey confirms deal with American side Portland Timbers

Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey has confirmed that he will sign for American side top-flight side Portland Timbers after opting not to extend his contract with Norwegian side Stromsgodset.

An insider has exclusively told Ghana’s leading football news outfit www.ghanasoccernet.com that the 26-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the MLS side who are keen on boosting their goalkeeping department.

Kwarasey has now confirmed that he will sign for the Portland Timbers after opting not to extend his expired contract with Stromsgodset.

“This will be a totally new experience. An adventure. Therefore I chose to travel to Portland,” Kwarasey said.

Domestically he made 167 appearances in all competitions, conceded 232 goals, posted 40 shutouts and won the Norwegian league’s 2013 goalkeeper of the year.

Kwarasey has competed for Norwegian club Strømsgodset since 2007, making 154 appearances for the club during that time.

The 26-year-old was born in Norway to a Ghanaian father and Norwegian mother. He has earned 21 caps with the Ghana National Team since 2011.

It is unclear where — or if — 37-year-old goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts will fit into the Timbers squad if the club has in fact signed Kwarasey.

Ricketts has been Portland’s starting keeper since joining the Timbers late in the 2012 season.

Ricketts won MLS goalkeeper of the year in 2013, but began to show his age a bit in 2014.