Portland Timbers

Andy Polo contract terminated by Portland Timbers following domestic abuse allegations

Chris Smith
The original citation against Polo was made in May 2021.
The original citation against Polo was made in May 2021. / Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Portland Timbers announced the termination of Andy Polo's contract on Thursday following allegations of domestic abuse earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Major League Soccer and the Timbers both released statements revealing Polo had been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. Earlier in the day, reports of allegations from the player's wife, Génessis Alarcón, given on a Peruvian TV program emerged.

The Timbers have since admitted they knew of a dispute between the two back in May 2021 that involved the Washington County Sherriff's Office citing Polo for harassment. At the time of the incident, the citation was not pursued by the victim or the prosecutor's office.

Portland Timbers expressed regret at not acting sooner.

"The Timbers were previously aware of a dispute between Andy Polo and his partner on May 23, 2021, that resulted in the Washington County Sherriff’s Office citing Polo for harassment," the Timbers' statement said. "That citation was not subsequently pursued by the victim or the prosecutor’s office.

"We deeply regret not suspending Polo immediately, especially considering the troubling new details of abuse that surfaced this week. It was a failure on our part, and one that will never happen again."

Polo - a 37-time Peru international - had been with the Timbers since 2018.