Rumor: Jorge Perlaza is "Claimed" by Independiente of Argentina

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 30: Jorge Perlaza #15 of the Portland Timbers dribbles the ball a Real Salt Lake defender during the first half of the game at Jeld-Wen Field on April 30, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

So I saw this happening yesterday, but can't, for the life of me, find a credible source aside from an errant tweet from somebody named Guillermo Arango, an apparent radio host or writer for RCN Radio. How trustworthy is he? Entirely unknown. Still it got Twitter all in a flurry of activity yesterday so I guess we should report on it.

For those that don't know, Guillermo tweeted yesterday:

El delantero Jorge Perlaza de Portland Timbers es pretendido por Independiente de Argentina junto a Dayro Moreno.

Essentially it says that Jorge Perlaza has been "claimed" by the Argentine club Independiente, the same guys who the Timbers played in an exhibition last year, although Perlaza did not play in said match. They've also claimed an independent player (not on contract) by the name of Dayro Moreno. Why mention that last part? Because if true then it would, at the very least, lend a bit of credibility to Guillermo and this rumor. It's also much more likely to be announced sooner.

Unfortunately, we can't just hop on over to Independiente's site because it appears to be down for the moment. So even checking to see if this rumor has any legs or if Independiente has indeed confirmed either rumors is impossible for the moment.

But let's stop talking about rumor and hearsay for a moment and speculate. What would you think if Jorge Perlaza were traded away?

The Timbers' current roster is quite full of strikers at the moment, especially with young Jose Adolfo Valencia coming on board over the holiday break. Perhaps dropping Perlaza and thinning out the forward positions would be beneficial for the team overall. Also, at 27, Perlaza is getting a bit older and won't have too many years left where he would even be desirable as a transfer product.

What do you think? Speculate away!

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