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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Portland Timbers star Fanendo Adi wants MLS to invest in young talent

Fanendo Adi's path to stardom with the Portland Timbers began in a small village in Nigeria, where he was discovered at 15.

Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi says Major League Soccer should stop investing huge sums of money in big-name older stars and concentrate on developing young talent in the league.

Adi, 26, joined the Timbers three years ago from FC Copenhagen and helped them to win the MLS crown in 2015, scoring 55 goals in 117 appearances to become the club's all-time leading goal scorer.

But he has watched on as some MLS clubs have spent heavily on wages to bring in aging internationals like Steven Gerrard,...

Nigeria call-up a 'sweet and sour' moment for Fanendo Adi

The second half of the 2017 Major League Soccer season has begun and with the race for the playoffs about to kick into high gear, KweséESPN sat down with Portland Timbers and Nigeria striker Fanendo Adi to discuss his thoughts on the league, winning the MLS championship, and getting a call-up to play for Nigeria.

KweséESPN: Who were your favorite players while you were growing up in Nigeria?

Adi: I was an Arsenal fan, so I loved Kanu and I loved Thierry Henry. Henry was the guy I looked...

Portland's Fanendo Adi to miss Vancouver match due to suspension

Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi will miss Saturday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps after being suspended for one game by Major League Soccer's Disciplinary Committee, the league announced on Wednesday night.

The ban stems from an incident that occurred during the first half of SKC's 1-0 win on April 15. Video replays appeared to show Adi swinging his arm at Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara in the 26th minute of the contest.

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The play was missed by match officials, but after...

Fanendo Adi sets Timbers goals record as RSL finally wins in snowstorm

Fanendo Adi converted a penalty kick to become Portland's all-time leading scorer in a win at Philadelphia.

Fanendo Adi became the Portland Timbers' all-time top goal scorer with his 46th for the club as he scored to close out a 3-1 victory over the winless Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

Adi scored from a penalty kick in the 88th minute to move past John Bain, who played for the Timbers in the old NASL from 1978-82. It was his fifth goal of the season after starting the year in third place behind Byron Alvarez (2003-06).

Philadelphia opened the scoring in the 26th minute on a perfectly timed...

 By Chris Wright

Portland Timbers' Fanendo Adi misses absolute sitter vs. Colorado Rapids

The Portland Timbers beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Sunday afternoon -- a result that just about spared the blushes of their striker, Fanendo Adi.

Three minutes after opening the scoring from the spot, Adi was gifted another chance to double Timbers' lead when a foul by Vytautas Andriuskevicius saw the home side awarded another penalty.

Sadly, Adi was unable to repeat the feat after seeing his first attempt repelled by Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard, and his second attempt ... well, put it this...