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Former Torero Soccer Stand-Out Earns Semi-Pro Contract

Feb. 21, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers announced today the signing of former University of San Diego midfielder Kevin Meissner for the 2007 season. Meissner attended the Timbers' recent invitational tryout at PGE Park.

"Kevin is a great find from our tryout in January," said Gavin Wilkinson, head coach and general manager of the Timbers.

Meissner, 23, was a two-year team captain for the University of San Diego Toreros. A native of San Diego, Calif., Meissner was a four-time All-West Coast Conference (WCC) selection, including two first-team nods in 2005 and 2006. Meissner tallied a career-high five assists during his senior season (2006).

"I went up for the try out, and I got a call from the coach right after the last day of the try out and he offered me the contract on the spot," said Meissner.

Between collegiate seasons, Meissner was a member of the PDL's Orange County Blue Star from 2003-2006 and played with current Timbers midifielder Tom Poltl during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

"Being in the professional environment and the professionalism of the coaching staff is something I am really looking forward to," commented Meissner. "I am anxious to get out of SD and experience something new."

The announcement brings the Timbers' list of signed players to 11.

Portland kicks off its seventh USL First Division season at PGE Park on Saturday, April 21 against the Puerto Rico Islanders.