It was a busy day of transactions and trades for the Portland Timbers, who sent several players packing on the first Monday of the Major League Soccer offseason.
The first trade announced involved obtaining the rights to defender Bryan Gallego, who played for new Timbers coach Caleb Porter at the University of Akron this year. As part of the deal, Portland also received allocation money and sent 28-year-old defender Kosuke Kimura, plus a 2013 MLS Draft Pick, to the Red Bulls.
Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said on Twitter that General Manager Gavin Wilkinson and new coach Caleb Porter are "putting in LOTS of time."
"If hard work is part of success recipe, we are doing OK there," he wrote.
So who's in and who's out? Here's a list:
- Real Salt Lake forward Will Johnson. A Canadian forward who ranks among Real Salt Lake's career leaders in games played. A 2009 MLS All-Star, he scored nine goals and had eight assists, and won an MLS Cup in 2009.
- Sporting Kansas City defender Michael Harrington. For Sporting KC, Harrington played six seasons. He's expected by the Timbers to "Fight for a starting position."
- The rights to college player Bryan Gallego. The defender played at University of Akron this year under head coach Caleb Porter, who is now coach of the Timbers.
- An undisclosed amount of allocation money from the Houston Dynamo.
- An undisclosed amount of allocation money from the New York Red Bulls.
- Defender Eric Brunner. A key figure in the Timbers' back line over the past two years, Brunner played 13 matches in 2012 and scored one goal. He was traded to the Houston Dynamo.
- Defender Steve Purdy. A member of the El Salvador national team, Purdy first joined the Timbers in 2010 - that's before their pre-MLS days. Portland declined the contract option on Purdy.
- Defender Steven Smith. Though not official, owner Merritt Paulson and Smith himself both tweeted that he would be moving on.
- Defender Kosuke Kimura. Just a few months after joining the Timbers via trade, Kimura was shipped off to New York via trade.
- Midfielder/Defender Lovel Palmer. Portland declined the contract option on Palmer, a Jamaican who came to the Timbers via trade in 2011.
- A 2013 MLS Draft pick.
- An undisclosed amount of allocation money, sent to Sporting Kansas City.
- An undisclosed amount of allocation money, sent to Real Salt Lake.
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