The Portland Timbers were not quiet on the final day of the MLS summer transfer window, bringing in forward Michael Seaton from D.C. United in exchange for some of the team's Targeted Allocation Money and an international roster slot.
Seaton, 19, first joined D.C. in 2013, appearing in five matches with the team since then. The majority of Seaton's time since joining D.C. has been spent on loan outside MLS, playing 22 games with the USL's Richmond Kickers in 2013 and 2014, and four games in the first half of 2015 with Swedish side Örebro SK.
More impressively, Seaton has earned 13 caps with Jamaican Men's National Team, including spending time on the roster of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winning side that knocked out the USMNT.
Described as a strong and fast but still raw player, Seaton will likely play a role with the Portland Timbers 2 for the remainder of the season as the Timbers look to develop him into a potential first team contributor.
The Timbers likely freed up an international roster spot, and potentially some allocation money, from the recent mutual termination of Gaston Fernandez's contract.
The Timbers' press release:
TIMBERS ACQUIRE FORWARD MICHAEL SEATON FROM D.C. UNITED IN EXCHANGE FOR TARGETED ALLOCATION MONEY, INTERNATIONAL ROSTER SLOT
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers have acquired Jamaican forward Michael Seaton from D.C. United in exchange for targeted allocation money and an international roster slot through Dec. 31, 2015, it was announced today. Per league and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Seaton, 19, has made five MLS regular-season appearances with D.C. United after signing with the club on Jan. 14, 2013, as a Homegrown player. A native of Spanish Town, Jamaica, the 6-foot forward spent the majority of his D.C. United career on loan with USL side Richmond Kickers, registering seven goals and one assist in 22 games during portions of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. On loan with Swedish Allsvenskan side Örebro SK, Seaton made four league appearances (2 starts), while also earning time with the team’s Under-21 side.
"Michael is a talented young player that we believe in time, with our club resources and infrastructure, will continue to develop and be positioned to realize his full potential," said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager of the Timbers.
Making his senior international debut for the Jamaica National Team on Nov. 15, 2013, Seaton has logged 13 caps for the Reggae Boyz and was part of the team’s roster during its run to the championship match of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Seaton, who also spent time with Jamaica youth national teams, tallied his first international goal on March 5, 2014, in a 5-0 win against Saint Lucia. During the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Seaton was a late-game substitute in a 3-1 loss against Mexico in the championship match on July 26.
Seaton holds U.S. citizenship and will not occupy an international slot on the Timbers’ roster.
Born: May 1, 1996, in Spanish Town, Jamaica
Last Club: D.C. United
Citizenship: Jamaica/United States
Acquired: Acquired Aug. 6, 2015 from D.C. United in exchange for targeted allocation money and an international roster slot through Dec. 31, 2015