(Portland) James Pantemis, a former CF Montreal goalkeeper, has signed a contract with the Portland Timbers.

MLS team officials announced the news in a press release posted on their website Friday. In passing, they also announced the hiring of Trey Muse, another goalkeeper.

The contract covers the 2025 season and comes with an optional clause at the team’s discretion.

A 26-year-old native of Montreal, Pantemis joins the Timbers after spending six seasons with the Montreal organization. In Portland, he will also join Canadian defender Kamal Miller, a former teammate with CF Montreal who the Timbers acquired from Inter Miami CF on Thursday.

During his years with Montreal in MLS, Pantemis recorded seven shutouts in 34 regular season outings, all as a starter. He also participated in two playoff games.

In December, CF Montreal chose not to take advantage of the optional clause in its contract.

“One of our priorities this offseason was to rebuild our goaltending group, and that work is well underway,” Timbers general manager Ned Grabavoy said in a statement.

“Both players have good experience and promising skills, and they will create healthy competition at this position. »