Forward Lucas Melano’s ‘strong desire to return to Portland’ lands him back with Timbers

Lucas Melano (KPTV file image)

Forward Lucas Melano is returning to the Timbers after two seasons away from the club.

Melano was most recently on loan from the Timbers to Superliga Argentina club Estudiantes.

The Argentina native originally joined Atlético Belgrano on loan from the Timbers on Jan. 9, 2017 and made 35 league appearances with 24 starts across two seasons for Belgrano and Estudiantes, tallying three goals.

Additionally, Melano made eight appearances with 7 starts in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana for Estudiantes, posting two goals in the Copa Libertadores in the 2018 campaign.

"Despite numerous options in South America and Europe, Lucas showed a strong desire to return to Portland," said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers. "We welcome him back to the club and look forward to his contributions."

The 25-year-old originally joined the Timbers midway through the 2015 campaign on July 17, 2015. He made 44 regular-season appearances with 35 starts in MLS play, recording four goals and eight assists.

Melano also made six appearances with 4 starts during the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, scoring the series-deciding goal against FC Dallas in the Western Conference Championship and recording an assist on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win against Columbus Crew SC in the 2015 MLS Cup.

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