The expansion draft dust has settled, for a little while at least. These are the guys:
- Dax McCarty – defender (FC Dallas) – Traded to DC United for defender/midfielder Rodney Wallace and 4th round pick in 2011 MLS SuperDraft
- Eric Brunner – defender (Columbus Crew)
- Adam Moffat – midfielder (Columbus Crew)
- Anthony Wallace – defender (Colorado Rapids) – Traded back to Colorado for allocation money
- David Horst – defender (Real Salt Lake)
- Robbie Findley – forward (Real Salt Lake)
- Peter Lowry – midfielder (Chicago Fire)
- Jonathan Bornstein – defender (Chivas USA)
- Jordan Graye – defender (D.C. United) and
- Midfielder Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes) – Traded to Salt Lake for 2nd round pick in 2011 MLS SuperDraft
Read Zaggy‘s guest commentary at Dropping Timber for a good analysis of the remaining Timbers from this list, how their salaries stack up, and some speculation as to what’s next for the Timbers.
December 2010 looks to be, perhaps, the most exciting December in recent Timbers history. The Kit Unveiling takes place next Thursday, December 9 [I’ll be in attendance, taking photos, tweeting, and ultimately blogging about it]. Meanwhile the PGE Park renovation continues apace. And don’t forget Timbers Army First Thursday on Thursday, December 2!
Then the 2011 MLS SuperDraft takes place on January 13. The Timbers pick second in the first round, after the Whitecaps. I expect John Spencer and Gavin Wilkinson have more trade shenanigans up their sleeves.
I know I’m not alone, as a long time Portland Timbers fan, in being utterly ignorant of the MLS. So I’ve actually been finding the Portland Timbers website MLS 101 News section to be edifying. Recent posts include Derby Cups, which reveals that the MLS features some legitimate rivalries, soon to include the reconstituted Cascadia Cup, the biggest derby cup, in my humble opinion, of them all!