No big surprise here, but the Portland Timbers came out and confirmed that they had traded the rights for Robbie Findley to Real Salt Lake in exchange for an unknown amount of allocation money. Reports surfaced earlier in the week, however, that the amount of money exchanged between the Timbers and Salt Lake was to the tune of $75,000.
Ultimately this move makes sense for both teams involved. Findley never really made sense for the Portland Timbers as they're already stacked up front with the likes of Kris Boyd, Bright Dike, Danny Mwanga, Sebastian Rincon and Jose Adolfo Valencia, among other players. Real Salt Lake, however, will be able to acquire a former striker that they know works well under their current head coach Jason Kreis and who was with them when they last won MLS Cup.
Now if only the Timbers would focus on bringing home that other 2010 Expansion Draft rights pick of theirs.
Full press release:
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers have acquired allocation money from Real Salt Lake in exchange for the MLS rights for forward Robbie Findley, it was announced today. Per league and club 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 on Nov. 24, 2010, from Real Salt Lake. He played four seasons in MLS with the LA Galaxy (2007) and Real Salt Lake (2007-10) before signing with English club Nottingham Forest.
What do you think about this move? Where do you think the Timbers will spend that allocation money?