Timbers wheel and deal on draft day
It was an exciting day for Portland Timbers fans, as the MLS expansion team looked to expand their roster as they took part in the 2010 MLS Expansion draft.
The Timbers would draft a total of ten players, but end up with eight at the end of the day after a series of wheeling and dealing that hopefully set them in a more favorable position for future acquisitions. Out of the eight, two are a bit speculative, but the Timbers would hold the rights to them should they return to MLS. Here are the new players the Timbers ended up with at the end of the day:
Defender Eric Brunner (Columbus Crew)
Former USL player in Miami in 2008 spent 2009 and 2010 with the Crew, playing in 39 games and scroring two goals.
Midfielder Adam Moffat (Columbus Crew)
Also from the Crew, Moffat spent four years in Columbus with five goals in 44 games. He also has a USL background, playing with the Cleveland City Stars before they went up to USL1 in 2009.
Defender Anthony Wallace (Colorado Rapids)
The Costa Rican defender played for DC United in 2009, and is also from the University of Maryland where he played with new Timbers defender Jeremy Hall.
Defender David Horst (Real Salt Lake)
Played the last three years for Real Salt Lake, and also some games on loan with the Puerto Rico Islanders, with eight starts in the CONCACAF Champions League where he had two goals.
Defender Jordan Graye (D.C. United)
Coming off one season for DC United, Graye spent time with the US U-16 and U-17 teams, and was also a standout at the University of North Carolina.
Midfielder Peter Lowry (Chicago Fire)
Lowry joins the Timbers after three seasons in the midfield for the Fire where he had five goals in 24 matches, and was WCC Player of the Year while at Santa Clara.
The Timbers also took a bit of a flyer with these two picks as neither are in MLS at the moment, but the Timbers will have the rights to them should they return:
Defender Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)
The 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year and two-time MLS All-Star has been with Chivas USA for the past three years,
Forward Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
Playing the last 3 1/2 seasons with Real Salt Lake, the former Oregon State University star has 31 goals and 13 assists in 105 regular season games in MLS.
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