Here's an interesting early morning trade for everybody. It appears that the Portland Timbers have traded with D.C. United for an international roster spot for the 2012/2013 seasons in exchange for an unknown amount of allocation money.
Naturally one would expect that this would be used on a new signing and it may very well be for the 2013 season, however, not for the season because...
The Timbers also announced that they've acquired a fourth-round draft pick in the 2015 MLS Supplemental Draft from the Montreal Impact in exchange for an international roster spot TO the Montreal Impact for the 2012 season.
Why? I have no freaking idea. Is a fourth round 2015 Supplemental Draft pick really worth an international roster spot? Seems like a long shot to me.
UPDATE: According to Merritt Paulson, the international slot to Montreal was the slot that was owed for Montreal not selecting any Portland Timbers players. This should even things out nicely. Thanks zaggy!
With today's news that leaves the Timbers with 9 international roster spots. Next year, barring any more trades, the Timbers should have 10 international roster spots for 2013.
As usual, for press release after the jump.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers have acquired an international roster slot from D.C. United for the 2012 and 2013 seasons in exchange for allocation money, it was announced today.
Additionally, the Timbers have acquired a natural fourth-round draft pick in the 2015 MLS Supplemental Draft from the Montreal Impact in exchange for an international roster slot for the 2012 season. The Timbers will receive their international slot back from Montreal on Jan. 1, 2013.
With today’s transactions, the Timbers currently have nine international roster slots for the 2012 season. Portland’s additional international slot from D.C. United returns to United on Jan. 1, 2014.