Okay. So it's no secret that the Timbers backline has been pretty thrashed this season. We went out and found great guys like Silvestre and now we're running down three CBs for the year and only have one real backup. In steps Taylor Twellman at the U-20 World Cup match between the US and Spain.
"A little birdie told me we're going to see Carlos Bocanegra in MLS."
This makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. Boca's current contract is with Rangers who, through some business issues are sitting in Scotland's third division. They can't afford him. Their solution was to loan him out so he spent the last little bit in Spain. Unfortunately, his side got relegated to the second division there at the end of the season so now he's on his way back to Rangers but I wouldn't expect him to stay there.
It makes a fair bit of sense to see him head to Portland. The guy's a West Coast native. The Timbers could really use some backline help, and they're second in the Allocation Order. Toronto sits above them, but given how great TFC's doing right now (hint: not very) I imagine some sort of deal could be arranged to get to make Boca an offer.
I think it's at least worth exploring even if it means potentially releasing someone to make the salary cap work. If he's interested and we can afford it, I see no reason why he shouldn't return to MLS in the Green and Gold. He's a seriously experienced defender with 110 USMNT caps and more than enough ability to still be solid in MLS. I think we need one more body back there with some experience to make a deep playoff run.
What do you think?