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Gleeson to stay first-choice at Portland

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/07/2016

New Zealand goalkeeper Jake Gleeson's stingy form in Major League Soccer is set to give him an extended run as a first-choice player for the Portland Timbers.

Gleeson has started the Timbers' last 12 MLS games in the absence of injured Ghanaian international Adam Kwarasey, who has recovered from a hand injury suffered in April.

The All Whites stopper has made the most his opportunity, conceding just 14 goals and helping his team ride a seven-game unbeaten streak. He has kept three clean sheets in their last five games.

He was named in the MLS team of the week following his efforts in a 0-0 draw against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Coach Caleb Porter indicated Kwarasey's return would be on the bench.

"We're not just going to give Jake's job away when he's done so well," Porter told reporters.

"That wouldn't be fair to him. Clearly, he's done well enough to keep that job. But it doesn't mean (Adam) can't win it back, either."

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