Portland professional soccer briefs: Timbers trade Finley
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The Portland Timbers traded forward Robbie Findley to Real Salt Lake for allocation money. Per Major League Soccer policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Findley, 27, was selected by the Timbers with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, from Real Salt Lake, but he never joined Portland. He played four seasons in MLS with the LA Galaxy (2007) and Real Salt Lake (2007-10) before signing with English club Nottingham Forest.
Findley was a first-round MLS draft pick out of Oregon State in 2007 and played for the United States in the 2010 World Cup. This week, Findley was released by Nottingham Forest, the English club he joined in 2010.
MLS SuperDraft is Thursday — The Timbers do not have a selection in either round of Thursday's MLS SuperDraft of college players. New England owns the No. 1 pick following a Thursday swap with Toronto FC, which now owns picks three and four. Seattle has the 16th and 35th selections.
Thorns FC picks last in draft — Portland will pick last in the National Women's Soccer League college draft, to be held Friday morning. According to a U.S. Soccer statement, the draft order was determined with assistance from a panel of experts and agreed upon by all eight clubs. The panel ranked the strength of each club based on their allocated players, and conducted a weighted draw.