T2 announce six player signings ahead of inaugural 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season


T2 hosts Earthquakes II on Wed., March 30 at Hillsboro Stadium in season opener

PORTLAND, Ore. – T2 have signed six players ahead of the inaugural 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season, it was announced today. Julian Bravo, Victor Griffith, Ismaila Jome, Dawson McCartney, Selmir Miscic and Carlos Vivas have all signed contracts with the team. Players from the Timbers’ first team and academy will supplement the roster, subject to change ahead of each game.

Bravo, 21, was drafted by the Portland Timbers in the second round of the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. Bravo concluded a four-year career at Santa Clara University, logging 55 appearances (23 starts). The Claremont, Calif. defender scored four goals and tallied six assists for the Broncos. In his senior season, Bravo helped anchor a backline that allowed just 0.88 goals per game to help lead the team to a West Coast Conference Championship and into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Griffith, 21, recorded 27 appearances for Liga Panameña de Fútbol side C.D. Árabe Unido in the 2021-2022 season, scoring one goal. The Panamanian midfielder also featured for Santos de Guápiles FC in Costa Rica, playing in 43 matches over four seasons (2018-2021). Griffith made his professional debut for Tauro FC during the 2016-17 season, helping Tauro claim the Liga Panameña de Fútbol title. He made his national team debut for Panama on Oct. 11, 2020, and has since earned 10 caps at the senior level. Griffith will be added to the T2 roster pending a physical and receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 visa.

Jome, 27, enters his seventh professional season since concluding his collegiate career at UC Santa Barbara (2013-15). The Gambian defender also played five matches for the Portland Timbers U23s in 2015 in the Premier Development League. Jome signed his first professional contract with Minnesota United FC in 2016, scoring one goal in nine games (5 starts) during the 2016 NASL regular season. MNUFC and Jome joined MLS in 2017, where he played 12 matches, starting in seven. During the 2018 USL Championship campaign, Jome recorded two assists in 22 appearances across all competitions for Nashville SC. In his most prolific season as a professional, Jome registered a career-high four goals and seven assists in 34 games played for USL Championship side Colorado Switchbacks FC in the 2019 regular season. In 2020, Jome notched two goals and two assists in 16 appearances for Austin Bold FC. Jome signed a contract with the Timbers’ first team ahead of the 2021 season, making one appearance before suffering a season-ending injury.

McCartney, 23, was selected in the second round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft by the Timbers. McCartney finished his collegiate career with Notre Dame, recording eight goals and seven assists in 30 appearances (28 starts) during his time with the Fighting Irish. In his graduate season, McCartney scored a brace in the ACC Championship to secure a 2-0 victory over Duke, leading Notre Dame to their first ACC Championship title in program history. He capped off his collegiate career garnering 2021 ACC Tournament MVP and All-Tournament Team honors. The New Jersey attacker started at Dartmouth (2017-19), making 44 appearances (40 starts), tallying eight goals and 14 assists. McCartney was a two-time Second Team All-Ivy selection (2018, 2019) and the 2017 Ivy League Rookie of the Year for the Big Green.

Miscic, 19, signed with Philadelphia Union’s first team in March of 2021. He was then sent on loan to North Carolina FC for the 2021 USL League One season, where he played in 25 matches, scoring four goals. The Burlington, Vermont native earned his first professional contract with USL Championship side Philadelphia Union II in September of 2018, making 16 appearances and registering two goals in two seasons for Philadelphia (2019-2020). The then 15-year-old attacker was the youngest player signing in organization history at the time.

Vivas, 19, tallied 46 appearances for Venezuelan Primera División side Deportivo Táchira in four seasons with the club (2018-2021), registering two goals and two assists. In his previous season with the club, Vivas helped Táchira claim the 2021 Primera División title. The Venezuelan defender earned one cap at the U17 level in 2019.

T2 will open its first season in the league on Wednesday, March 30, against Earthquakes II at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Ore.; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Pacific) with a stream available on www.mlsnextpro.com.