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Kiwis abroad: Hogg turns pro with Timbers

All Whites and Olympic team fullback Ian Hogg has joined Portland Timbers until the end of the current Major League Soccer season.

Ian Hogg tackles Brazil's Neymar. Getty Images.

August 10, 2012

AUCKLAND – All Whites and Olympic team fullback Ian Hogg has joined Portland Timbers until the end of the current Major League Soccer season.

The 22 year old left sided defender joins fellow Olympic and national team teammate Jake Gleeson on a Timbers roster coached by former All White Gavin Wilkinson.

“Ian is a young, talented left back with good athleticism and a desire to succeed,” Wilkinson told the club’s website.

“We have signed him through the remainder of the season and look forward to closely evaluating him as we move to next season.”

This year has already been a memorable one for Hogg who competed at his second Olympic Games, won the O-League for a second time and earned his first call-up to the All Whites, scoring on debut against El Salvador. He also played against Honduras and in two FIFA World Cup qualifiers to take his tally of caps to four.

On top of twin Olympic campaigns, Hogg has also represented New Zealand at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007, and impressed at FIFA Club World Cups in 2009 and 2011 for Auckland City.

Hogg has clocked up 78 games in the ASB Premiership for three teams over six seasons after making his debut as a 16 year old for Hawke’s Bay United
He has spent the last three seasons at Kiwitea Street, helping Auckland City to three playoff appearances, two OFC Champions League titles, and two minor premierships although the ASB Premiership title eluded the club during that time.

Portland have 12 games remaining in the MLS season and are currently bottom of the Western Conference, 13 points outside the playoff picture.

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