March 9, 2006
PORTLAND, Ore - The Portland Timbers of the United Soccer Leagues announced today that the team has signed former UC Santa Barbara forward Drew McAthy. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.
McAthy was drafted first overall by the Puerto Rico Islanders in the 2005 USL College Player Draft, the top pick among 24 players chosen by the 12 USL First Division teams, the United States' second-highest professional level. McAthy, also drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft, went on to play 23 games with the Islanders during their inaugural season, scoring a goal in the team's final game against Toronto.
Former teammate and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who currently plays for Puerto Rico, was selected by the Timbers in the second round with 24th overall pick of the 2005 draft.
Prior to turning professional, McAthy led UC Santa Barbara to the NCAA Men's Division I championship game in 2004, where he was named the College Cup's Most Outstanding Offensive Player. McAthy registered two goals and an assist in the Gauchos' 5-0 semifinal win over Duke and logged the team's lone regulation goal in the title game that saw the Indiana Hoosiers repeat as champions in a penalty kick shootout.
McAthy also played with Orange County (2003) and Cape Cod (2004) in the USL's Premier Development League. The Third Team All-American and 2004 Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year finished his career at UCSB as the school's all-time scoring leader with 122 career points and 53 career goals.
Portland kicks off its sixth USL First Division season on Saturday, April 22, against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Swangard Stadium. The Timbers open up the home portion of their season by playing host to the Whitecaps at PGE Park on Friday, May 5.
Courtesy of Portland Timbers Media Relations