Jorge Villafana Sporting KC June 27 2014
Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers

Around Town with Jorge Villafaña

After spending many of his formative years in both Mexico and Southern California, the move up to the Pacific Northwest is certainly a bit of a change for Timbers defender Jorge Villafaña. After playing for Chivas USA from 2007-13, the versatile defender – who also earned playing time with the U.S. U-20 and U-23 national teams – joined the Timbers in the offseason and has been settling into the change of pace to life in Cascadia.

A Change of Pace
Coming from the bustling city of Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States by population, to the Rose City, there’s bound to be a bit of an adjustment to the way and pace of life in the Northwest. “It’s really different because LA is a big city. It’s always noisy with cars and everything. Portland is green. The thing I like most is that it’s quiet. The area where I live now is really quiet and I love it.”

Out and About
With a young daughter and a newborn, Villafaña tries to spend as much time with his family as possible on days off, exploring the area and getting to see nature. “We tend to stay around Beaverton more. I enjoy going out to see nature. We’ve been out to see the waterfalls and seaside. It’s really nice. The view is nice and we enjoy doing that. My daughter is still little so we haven’t taken her out a lot, but we like to do family stuff – going to the park, the zoo, things like that because she’s little. When she’s bigger, we’ll do more things.”

Good Eats
While it’s not always easy to get out for dinner, especially with a young family, there’s one spot that Villafaña enjoys in Beaverton. “It’s called Buggati’s. It’s an Italian place and we like to go there. It’s really nice and has good food.”

Out in the Suburbs
Villafaña and his family decided to find a place in Beaverton instead of opting for the trendier downtown locations due to the desire for more space, peace and quiet. “My wife and I didn’t really want to be downtown. With a growing family we knew we weren’t going to have a lot of space [in the city], so we decided to go to Beaverton. It’s not that far and we thought it would be a nice place to live. I got some background from people with the organization and they told me that Beaverton would be a great place to live. There’s more space, it’s quiet and there are a lot of good parks.”