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Timbers trade Mike Chabala, sign New Zealander

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The Portland Timbers announced that the club has acquired New Zealand international defender Ian Hogg and has traded defender Mike Chabala to D.C. United in exchange for a natural first-round pick in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft.

Hogg, 22, recently competed for New Zealand in the London 2012 Olympics and has four caps with the senior New Zealand National Team. He has played six seasons in New Zealand's first division, the ASB Premiership.

"Ian is a young, talented left back with good athleticism and a desire to succeed," Wilkinson said. "We have signed him through the remainder of the season and look forward to closely evaluating him as we move to next season."

Chabala, 28, played in 23 matches (19 starts) and recorded a goal and two assists for the Timbers since joining the club from the Houston Dynamo in a trade July 21, 2011.

"We appreciate Mike's contributions to the team and thought it was best to give him this opportunity for more playing time and a fresh start with a new club," Wilkinson said.

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