Portland Timbers Trade Jeremy Hall for FC Dallas' Eric Alexander

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 14: Andy Najar #14 of D.C. United controls the ball against Eric Alexander #24 of FC Dallas at RFK Stadium on August 14 2010 in Washington DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

Despite the international transfer window being closed for MLS teams, that doesn't mean there can't be any movement between MLS sides. Today is just such an example of that. When we all thought that the Timbers might be done for the season, it appears they had one more trick up their sleeve.

Today we say goodbye to back right defender Jeremy Hall in exchange for FC Dallas midfielder Eric Alexander. Here's what Daniel Robertson of Big D Soccer had to say about Eric and the trade at large:

Eric Alexander is a 2-way midfielder for Dallas who was very good last year as a rookie for FCD. He holds possession and tackles pretty well while getting forward every once in awhile. He was slotted in as the starter at the beginning of the season but the acquisition of Andrew Jacobson and rise in play from Bruno Guarda have seen him become surplus in Dallas. He’s a great guy, great locker room guy and comes at a very inexpensive cap hit. If he can regain the form he showed late last season, Portland have got a very good MLS player on their hands.
 
For Dallas, the move makes sense because of George John’s rumored impending transfer to Blackburn Rovers. We’re very likely to see Zach Loyd slot into the center back spot and Jeremy Hall will provide solid cover at right back and left back for FCD who need defensive depth especially on the wings. It seems like a win-win for both teams.

I like the inexpensive part, but otherwise I'm a little confused at what the Timbers will do with another midfielder. I guess only time will tell.

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