The Portland Timbers have traded midfielder Will Johnson to Toronto FC in exchange for targeted allocation money and a conditional second-round 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick.
Johnson, 28, appeared in 69 regular-season matches for the Timbers after being acquired in a trade with Real Salt Lake in December 2012.
In three seasons with the Timbers, Johnson recorded 15 goals and seven assists. He was an MLS All-Star in 2013 and 2014.
In a release Friday, Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson described Johnson as a "true professional, leader and ambassador during his time here."
"Given his standing with the club, it was important to come to an agreement that was mutually beneficial for both sides and involved Will in the process so that his wishes were met," Wilkinson said.
Johnson is from Toronto and has earned multiple call-ups to the Canadian men's national team.
Johnson suffered a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg in September 2014. After recovering from surgery, he appeared in 12 matches for the Timbers in 2015, logging 1,046 minutes for the MLS Cup champions.
“My time in Portland was a dream come true, and I want to thank Merritt, Gavin, Caleb and his staff for the opportunity to wear the green and gold,” Johnson said in a statement. “I am thankful to all my teammates, with whom I now share an unbreakable championship bond. And finally, the supporters, the lifeblood of the club, as the gaffer says. Thank you for your unwavering support.”
Timbers owner Merritt Paulson tweeted Friday that Johnson will be missed.
Will Johnson played a big role in changing PTFCs mentality. He's a leader on & off the field. I wish him the very best and will miss him.— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) December 18, 2015
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