The Portland Timbers, who knew of the incident when it occurred, have terminated the contract of midfielder Andy Polo following allegations this week of domestic abuse, the club announced Thursday.
In a press release, the Timbers said the team was previously aware of a dispute between Polo and his partner on May 23, 2021, that resulted in the Washington County Sherriff’s Office citing Polo for harassment.
That citation, however, was not pursued by the victim or the prosecutor’s office.
“We deeply regret not suspending Polo immediately, especially considering the troubling new details of abuse that surfaced this week,” the Timbers said in a statement. “It was a failure on our part, and one that will never happen again.”
On Wednesday, Major League Soccer suspended Polo following allegations of domestic violence. At the time, Polo was prohibited from engaging in all team activities pending the outcome of the MLS investigation, the league said.
Now, the door has been closed.