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The Portland Timbers have signed Lithuanian National Team defender Vytautas Andriuškevicius.

Andriuškevicius, 25, has played in more than 120 matches in Europe, including top divisions in the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland and Lithuania.

He began his professional career in 2007 at the age of 17.  

Andriuškevicius spent the past two seasons with SC Cambuur in the Dutch Eredivisie league, appearing in 52 games during that timespan. Prior to joining SC Cambuur, the Alytus, Lithuania, native spent one season with Djurgardens IF in Allsvenskan, the top division in Sweden, making 21 appearances.

"It has been our priority to acquire a left back in the summer transfer window, and we are pleased to welcome Vytas to the club," said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers. "We have been looking to add a more natural left back that fits our system on both sides of the ball during this window, and we feel Vytas is a good fit for our club and the league. He has experience playing in strong European leagues and for his country at the international level, and, at 25, is in the prime of his career."

Andriuškevicius made two starts for Lithuania during 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying against Slovakia and Lichtenstein.

Andriuškevicius will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.

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