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May 9, 2021

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Timbers trade Villafaña to LA Galaxy


The Portland Timbers on Tuesday traded defender Jorge Villafana and the 16th overall pick in the 2021 MLS Superdraft to the LA Galaxy in exchange for the 8th overall pick.

Villafana, 31, tallied four goals and 19 assists in 127 appearances in two stints with the Timbers (2014-15, 2018-20).

“Jorge has been a model professional for the club and I would like to thank him and his family for their commitment and contributions to the Timbers,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers. “His performances and success for this club will leave a lasting memory and we wish him and his family all the best.”

Villafana’s 18 regular-season assists ranks fifth all-time in club history during the MLS era.

“It’s been an honor playing in Portland, and I’m grateful for helping this club win some trophies. I would like to thank the Portland Timbers organization for the five amazing years that I’ve spent with the club,” said Villafana. “My family and I have built amazing memories with my teammates and friends in Portland. I also want to thank the Timbers Army and all the fans that have supported me through the good times and the bad. I’m forever grateful.”