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Timbers add defensive punch to team

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The Timbers seem to have a pretty good pipeline of players from two foreign countries. The Timbers currently have five players from Colombia within their ranks. And from Scotland, the team acquired new star forward Kris Boyd and, of course, their fiery coach John Spencer.

Well, score one more for Scotland. Today the Portland Timbers announced the signing of Scottish defender Steven Smith, who is expected to formally join the club after some international paperwork is completed.

Smith is from Bellshill, Scotland, and joins the Timbers after nine seasons playing in Scotland and England. He started his career with Scotland's Rangers FC and played in 55 matches over seven seasons with the club from 2003-10. Smith, who has played in both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, made the move to England in 2010 to play for Norwich City FC and recently played for Preston North End during the 2011-12 campaign.

"Steven has impressed us, both on the field and as a person, during his trial," John Spencer said. "He is a hard-working defender who possesses a winning mentality. Steven has been a part of successful clubs throughout his career and has experience at high levels, including playing in the Champions League."

The Timbers also announced that midfielder James Marcelin has been cut from the team for "non-soccer-related reasons."

"This organization has a high level of professional expectations for all its players," General Manager Gavin Wilkinson said.

The team would not go into more specifics of what Marcelin may have done.

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