The look of the 2017 Portland Timbers is starting to take shape as off-season player announcements began being made Monday.
The team has exercised contract options on defender Zarek Valentin and midfielder Ben Zemanski. The Timbers did not exercise the option for Jack Barmby but did extend a bona fide offer for 2017.
The Timbers are out of contract with three players, Nat Borchers, Amobi Okugo and Taylor Peay. While Portland has extended a bona fide offer to Peay and is still in discussions with Okugo, Borchers is eligible for free agency, which will kick off following the MLS Expansion Draft Tuesday.
The club noted in their release that Dairon Asprilla, who is on loan to Colombian club Millonarios F.C., is under contract for the 2017 season.
Portland decided against exercising options on Nick Besler, Neco Brett, Wade Hamilton, Chris Klute, Chris Konopka, Ben Polk, Jermaine Taylor and Andy Thoma.
Following the 2016 campaign Midfielders Ned Grabavoy and Jack Jewsbury both retired, though both joined the front office, with Jewsbury becoming the head of business development and Grabavoy stepping into the director of scouting and recruitment role.
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