Andy Polo suspended by MLS over domestic violence allegations

Content Warning: This post contains reports of domestic violence.

The Portland Timbers announced today that Andy Polo has been suspended and removed from all team activities, effective immediately, amid allegations of domestic abuse by the mother of Polo’s children, Genesis Alarcon.

On Wednesday morning, news broke that Alarcon went on TV and publicly accused Polo of physically abusing her. Spanish media outlet AS published the original report.

In the Timbers’ statement, it was also announced that Major League Soccer was investigating the situation and would remain in “close communication” with the Timbers and the MLS Players Association.

The full statement from the Timbers is as follows:

The Timbers are aware of the domestic violence allegations involving Andy Polo and have notified the league office. Effective immediately, Polo has been suspended by the league and removed from all team activities. MLS is investigating the matter and will remain in close communication with the Timbers and the MLS Players Association throughout the process. As this is an ongoing investigation, the Timbers will have no further comment.


If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can access resources on the Oregon DHS website: www.oregon.gov/dhs/abuse/domestic/pages/index.aspx, or on the National Domestic Hotline website: www. thehotline.org.

If you need immediate assistance, you can call 9-1-1; or, for accommodation services, call the Security Crisis Line at 1-888-235-5333.

Due to the sensitive nature of this story, comments will be disabled on this post. This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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