FIELD INTERVIEW | Fochive on the win over RSL: "We were very satisfied with the performance and the results"
Timbers midfielder George Fochive talks about his role in the midfield alongside Diego Chara and the team's big 6-1 win over RSL.
ACQUIRED: Signed through 2022 on June 8, 2021.
Fochive comes to the Timbers after having played the last three seasons in the Israeli Premier League with Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv FC (2021), Hapoel Kfar Saba FC (2020-21), and Hapoel Hadera FC (2019-20). With Hapoel Hadera, Fochive tallied three goals in 40 appearances across all competitions. He made 17 appearances in his one season with Hapoel Kfar Saba (2020-21) and appeared in seven matches earlier this year for Bnei Yehuda, tallying one goal.
Prior to his time in the Israeli Premier League, Fochive played four seasons with Danish Superliga side Viborg FF (2016-2019). The 29-year-old registered three goals in 64 appearances across all competitions.
George Fochive was selected by the Timbers in the third round (39 overall) in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. The midfielder played his final two collegiate seasons at the University of Connecticut, starting 45 games and recording two goals and two assists for the Huskies.
2015: Played 35 minutes as a sub in a 2-2 draw (7-6 wins on PKs) in a Knockout Round win against Sporting KC on Oct. 29 ... Notched his first career MLS assist in a 4-1 win against Colorado on Oct. 25, a match in which he started and played 90 minutes ... Logged 18 minutes off the bench on Oct. 18 against the LA Galaxy ... Played 27 minutes as a substitute in a 1-0 win against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 14 ... Named Timbers Up-and-Coming Player of the Year ... Started consecutive matches Aug. 30-Sept. 9 ... Logged 74 minutes in a U.S. Open Cup match on July 1 ... Started and played 90 minutes on May 30 against Colorado ... Made three consecutive starts March 28-April 12 ... Made his second career MLS regular-season start, logging 75 minutes and one shot on goal against Vancouver on March 28 ... Made his Timbers MLS regular-season debut on March 7, starting and playing 86 minutes against Real Salt Lake ... Has made seven appearances on loan with T2 in USL, recording four goals.
2014: Made his CONCACAF Champions League debut as a second-half substitute on Sept. 23 against Alpha United FC ... Made his Timbers debut, playing 19 minutes in a 3-0 win over Orlando City U23s in the U.S. Open Cup on June 17 ... Appeared in seven matches on loan with USL PRO co-affiliate Sacramento Republic FC ... Made his professional debut, playing 28 minutes as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 loss against Harrisburg City Islanders April 26.
COLLEGE: Played his final two collegiate seasons at the University of Connecticut, starting 45 games and recording two goals and two assists for the Huskies ... Started all 23 games as a senior in 2013, recording two goals and one assist ... Received American Athletic Conference second-team and NSCAA All-Northeast first-team honors following his senior season and helped guide the Huskies to a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Tournament ... Transferred to UConn from Hawaii Pacific University, where he was a two-time, All-PacWest selection from 2010-11.
PERSONAL: Born in Washington, D.C, but spent part of his childhood growing up in France ... Attended high school in Clermont-Ferrand, France ... Was an economics major at UConn.