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CONCACAF Champions League: Portland Timbers filled with numerous players with international club tournament experience

It may be Portland's first-ever international club tournament but many players have experience

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Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Though the Portland Timbers are set to embark on their first ever international club competition Tuesday night against Alpha United in the CONCACAF Champions League (5pm PT, FOX Soccer Plus), it is not the first international club experience for many of the players on the squad.

Between CCL, Copa Libertadores and UEFA Champions League, there’s a host of players who’ve taken on the challenge of international football.

Fanendo AdiUEFA Champions League (2013-14 with FC Copenhagen).

Diego Chara – Copa Sudamericana (2011 with Tolima) and Copa Libertadores (2009 with América de Cali).

Gastón Fernández – Copa Libertadores (2011, 2010, 2009 with Estudiantes, 2005 with River Plate) and Copa Sudamericana (2010, 2008 with Estudiantes). Fernández scored a goal in Estudiantes 2-1 victory over Brazil’s Cruzeiro in the 2009 Copa Libertadores championship.

Will Johnson – CONCACAF Champions Leauge (2012-13, 2010-11 with Real Salt Lake)

Pa Modou Kah – UEFA Cup now known as UEFA Europa League (2003-04 with AIK)

Rauwshan McKenzie – CONCACAF Champions League (2010-11 with Real Salt Lake)

Danny O’Rourke – CONCACAF Champions League (2009-10 and 2010-11 with Columbus Crew)

Norberto Paparatto – Copa Libertadores (2013 with Tigre) and Copa Sudamericana (2012, 2009 with Tigre).

Donovan Ricketts – CONCACAF Champions League (2010-11 with LA Galaxy)

Liam Ridgewell – UEFA Europa League (2011-12 with Birmingham City)

Maximiliano Urruti – Copa Libertadores (2013 with Newell’s Old Boys)

Diego Valeri – Copa Sudamericana (2011, 2007, 2006 with Lanús), UEFA Champions League (2009-10 with FC Porto), Copa Libertadores (2009, 2008 with Lanús)

Andrew Weber – CONCACAF Champions League (2012-13 with Seattle Sounders FC, 2008-09 with Montreal Impact)

Steve Zakuani – CONCACAF Champions League (2012-13, 2009-10 with Seattle Sounders FC