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Timbers part ways with Chance Myers

Bennett Dewan

The Portland Timbers on Wednesday announced they have waived right back Chance Myers after a little more than a year with the club.

Myers, 30, signed with the Timbers last January as a free agent after spending the first nine years of his career with Sporting Kansas City. At the time the Timbers hoped Myers, who was a consistent starter for Peter Vermes’ side from 2011 through 2013, could regain health and form to provide depth — and perhaps competition — at right back.

The injury issues that hampered Myers in Kansas City, however, only got worse in Portland, and, as a result, the Timbers have parted ways with the former top pick in the SuperDraft. Myers appeared in only one game for the Timbers in 2017, but he departed that game with an injury after just 44 minutes.

Myers’ contract will not hit Portland’s salary cap because the club parted ways with Myers before the beginning of the regular season. Under an annual amnesty provison in MLS’s roster rules, each team can buy out one guaranteed contract per offseason without that buyout counting against the salary budget. The Timbers, however, will be responsible for paying the amount of the buyout.