Major League Soccer

Steve Clark announces Portland Timbers departure, set to join Houston Dynamo

Chris Smith
Clark is a popular figure among Portland Timbers supporters.
Clark is a popular figure among Portland Timbers supporters. / Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
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Portland Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark has announced he is to leave the club this winter, with a move to the Houston Dynamo on the cards.

The 35-year-old has been with the Timbers since 2018, keeping 26 clean sheets in 92 appearances across all competitions.

During that time, Clark has helped Portland win the MLS is Back Tournament in 2020 and reach the final of the MLS Cup Playoffs this season, losing on penalties to NYCFC. He was also on the bench for the Timbers' loss 2-0 to Atlanta United in the 2018 MLS Cup.

But Clark's time at Providence Park has now come to an end. The veteran goalkeeper's contract expired at the conclusion of the 2021 campaign and although the club are yet to announce his departure, Clark took to Instagram to do so.

"Thank you to the Portland Timbers for the last 3.5 seasons," Clark wrote on Instagram. "It’s been an incredible ride. The decision to leave isn’t one I took lightly. ⁣⁣

"To the fans, your passion reignited my own. I’ll never forget the sound of providence park chanting my name.⁣⁣ To my teammates, what we all experienced together will never be forgotten.⁣⁣ To our friends, neighbors and fellow Yogis, getting to know you personally and be known by you - means the world to us."

Though he is prone to an occasional high-profile error, Clark is a supreme shot-stopper and is understandably an attractive option to many MLS clubs as a free agent. On Wednesday, MLSsoccer.com's Tom Bogert reported that the Houston Dynamo had won the race for Clark's signature.

As for the Timbers, they still have Jeff Attinella, Aljaz Ivacic, and young homegrown Hunter Sulte on the books, though it's unlikely any of that trio will be the successor to Clark as Giovanni Savarese's No.1 pick.

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