In what may be the Timbers' shortest press release to date, the Timbers announced that they have traded Vancouver the rights to English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. In return the Timbers picked up the 2014 and 2015 natural second round draft picks of the Whitecaps.
Reo-Coker's move to Major League Soccer has been rumored for some time with recent reports indicating that he would have been here sooner but for a delay in negotiations thanks to Portland's discovery claim on him. A veteran of the English Championship and Premier League since he was seventeen, Reo-Coker, 28, will likely line up at right back for the Whitecaps.
The press release:
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has acquired the natural second-round picks in the 2014 and the 2015 MLS SuperDraft of Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for the first right of refusal to midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.
The Timbers play their final preseason match Saturday before opening their third MLS campaign on Sunday, March 3, by playing host to the New York Red Bulls at JELD-WEN Field, presented by Alaska Airlines, at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific) on ESPN2.