New Timbers midfielder Evander trains on the side Jan. 24, 2023

New Portland Timbers Brazilian midfielder Evander juggles the soccer ball during a Jan. 24 training session in Beaverton.

A couple of weeks into training camp, Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese expressed satisfaction with the fitness levels and work rate he’s seen from his players.

He also said the mindset, both from returning players and from draft picks and youth academy players who are training with the Timbers, has been good to see.

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