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Timbers trade Julio Cascante to Austin FC, negotiations ongoing for Felipe Mora

The busy start to the offseason continues for the Timbers with the Cascante trade and ongoing negotiations with Mora.

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Tom Bogert of reported on Friday that Portland Timbers defender Julio Cascante has been traded to Austin FC in exchange for $250,000 in allocation money. It is the second trade involving a defender for Portland, who traded Marco Farfan to LAFC for $300,000 in allocation money.

Cascante joined Portland back in 2018 and made 48 appearances with the club. The 27-year-old defender only made appearances in five matches this year, however.

Bogert also reported that the Timbers are still negotiating with Pumas UNAM of Liga MX about permanently acquiring striker Felipe Mora. The 27-year-old Chilean forward joined Portland on loan for this year and had a $4 million purchase option in the agreement, but Portland is working on renegotiating. Mora had 7 goals and 2 assists in 19 appearances (12 starts) for the Timbers this year.

The transfer news today marks the continuation of what has been a busy offseason for the Timbers. Along with the trade involving Farfan yesterday, Portland acquired Nicolas Claudio Bravo from the Argentinian side Banfield, who they were reported to be getting back in October. You can read Bogert’s story here.