USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Friday, January 22, 2016
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers 2 have announced the signing of Nigerian U20 international Akinjide Idowu for the 2016 USL season. Idowu’s signing is pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
“Akinjide is an experienced midfielder at the youth international level with a good skill set, and he will have a great opportunity to continue to develop in our system,” said T2 Head Coach Andrew Gregor.
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Idowu helped Nigeria reach the Round of 16 at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand, starting in all three group contests against Germany, Hungary and North Korea. He had previously helped the Nigerian U17 National Team claim the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup for a fourth time, starting in all six contests as the side defeated Mexico 3-0 in the final.Idowu also made six appearances for his country at the 2013 CAF U17 Championship in Morocco, and has accumulated more than 50 international appearances between his stints with the U17 and U20 national team programs.