The MLS Cup Final took place Sunday (Colorado are the new champs), and Monday each MLS club announced which eleven players they would protect from the MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday. (For all the expansion draft 2010 protected lists, visit Dropping Timber.)
Teams were permitted to begin wheeling and dealing yesterday, and the Timbers have already picked up a player. Portland exchanged their third round draft pick in the SuperDraft (which takes place in January) for Jeremy Hall from Red Bull New York.
It will be interesting to see what else Gavin and the Timbers have up their sleeves as Wednesday approaches.
Also on Monday the LA Galaxy traded an international roster spot to the Timbers in exchange for allocation money.
Stay tuned to the Timbers blog at The Offside and Dropping Timber for updates (and for realtime updates, follow them on twitter: @maofootball and @DroppingTimber respectively). Late Addition: And add the OregonLive Timbers Blog to the mix. Per comment below, Kip (@kipkesgard) will also be covering the expansion draft.
In supporter news, Timber Jim and the 107ist can’t seem to stop doing good deeds. The latest involves volunteering labor and money raised from selling scarves to help build Harper’s Playground, a inclusive playground structure for children and adults of all abilities, at Arbor Lodge Park. The $3500 check will be presented today (Tuesday, November 23 2010) to Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish by Timber Jim, representatives of 107ist, and Cody Goldberg, father of 5 year old Harper Goldberg, who has Emanual Syndrome, and for whom Harper’s Playground is named.