There hasn't been a trade, nothing official has occurred, but according to the one person who would know best, Will Johnson's time with the Portland Timbers is up.
Prost Amerika's Steve Clare caught up with Will Johnson as the team returned to Portland from winning the MLS Cup and, after talking about the Timbers' championship, Johnson was frank when it comes to what the future brings.
"My time here with the Portland Timbers is up,"Johnson said when asked about his future. "I don't have an exact destination. Hopefully tomorrow I can figure that out. Maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. I want to stay within Major League Soccer. I don't want to leave this league. I love playing in Major League soccer; I know how to win in Major League Soccer."
"I can't picture a better way to leave Portland, but I have to get back to playing. I'm healthy; I'm fit now; I have to get back on the field."
With the Timbers' recent, successful switch of Darlington Nagbe to the center of the pitch alongside Diego Valeri and Diego Chara, it was always going to be difficult for Johnson to displace one of the Timbers' three most vital players following his return from surgery late in the season. As the Timbers' playoff run continued and Johnson continued his time on the bench, it became clear that there just was not a place for him in the Timbers' lineup.
A fit, healthy Johnson is a starting caliber player for most teams in MLS and, with a year left on his contract, the Timbers will almost certainly be able to orchestrate a trade for the midfielder.