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Portland Timbers select two players in first two rounds of MLS SuperDraft

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The Portland Timbers gained two new players on Thursday during the first two rounds of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

During the MLS SuperDraft, held at the Baltimore Convention Center, the Timbers selected forward/winger Ben Polk from Syracuse University and midfielder/winger Neco Brett from Robert Morris University.

Polk, 23, was selected with the No. 20 overall pick in the first round by the Timbers. Polk helped lead Syracuse to the NCAA College Cup, tallying 12 goals and four assists in 22 matches (all starts). A 2015 NSCAA First-Team All-South Region selection, Polk was named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Tournament MVP and finished the season ranked 17th in the nation in goals (12) and led the Orange in points (28). 

Brett, 23, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, who has garnered experience with the Jamaica U-17 and U-20 Men's National Team, was Portland's only pick in the second round (No. 40 overall). The midfielder/winger registered 42 goals and 16 assists in four seasons with Robert Morris University, including tallying 13 goals and five assists during his senior season in 2015 in which he ranked tied for seventh in the nation in goal-scoring and was named an NSCAA Third-Team All-American and the Northeastern Conference Player of the Year. 

The final rounds of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft will be held Jan. 19.

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