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Portland Timbers Trade Nigel Reo-Coker's Discovery Rights to Vancouver

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The Portland Timbers announced today that they traded the rights to midfielder and defender Nigel Reo-Coker to the Vancouver Whitecaps today in return for Vancouver's second round draft pick in both 2014 and 2015.

Laurence Griffiths

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.