Manny Perez leaves Celtic for Portland Timbers; will play for Austin FC
Celtic player Manny Perez has joined Portland Timbers on a year-long contract, which has immediately been traded as a loan to Austin FC for draft picks.
With the complexity of the MLS system being what it is, teams often acquire players as assets and use them to trade for beneficial draft picks.
Ultimately, the news means that Perez has left the Bhoys, has the opportunity to impress at Austin, then could have the chance to be part of the Portland roster in 2022.
The deal was announced on the Portland Timbers website this evening.
Perez was one of two American signings made in January 2019, the other being Andrew Gutman who is now playing for New York Red Bulls.
The pair were sent back across the Atlantic to develop on loan at various clubs because of work permit issues. Circumstances never quite allowed them to make an impact at Celtic.
In October last year, Perez re-iterated his desire to make at the Bhoys, stating his love for the club. His contract had been due to run until the summer of 2022.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “If I could get there tomorrow then I would get a flight. It would be a dream come true for me.
“I’m in love with Celtic. We have the best fans in the world. I have a Celtic TV account, so I’ve been keeping up with the games.
“If I can get my permit to go through, we can just move forward from there. My agent and I are trying to sort things out, and have been in constant communication with the club.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to work it out soon.”
Sadly it’s not to be for Perez and Celtic.
Our experiment with young American talents appears to have flopped.
However, I do believe it is still an interesting market to pursue and if we can sort out future visa problems, it’s worth taking a look at the growing ‘soccer’ market over there again.
Good luck Manny!