Sebastian Rincon completed his second year with the Portland Timbers without making a regular season appearance. The 19-year-old did get one run out with the first team as a substitute in the US Open Cup against Wilmington Hammerheads in May and played in the majority of the club's reserve games.
2012 Rank: 24
With forwards Ryan Johnson, Frederic Piquionne and Jose Valencia ahead of him from the start of the season and Maximiliano Urruti added before it was complete, Rincon never had much of a chance to get into the first team for meaningful games. The teenager scored against FC Tucson in a pre-season game and played all 90 minutes. He also featured in the second half against FC Dallas in the club's pre-season tournament and the second half against Wilmington in the US Open Cup while making 13 appearances with the Reserves. Rincon scored twice, including in the season-ending game against Seattle Sounders, while adding an assisting on Valencia's game-winner against VSI Tampa Bay in April. In noncompetitive games, Rincon played 90 minutes against Morelia in the Timbers' inaugural Copa Verde friendly and later played the second half against Norwich City at Jeld-Wen Field.
In the club's Monday press release explaining the first round of offseason moves, Rincon was listed along with Frederic Piquionne as a player with whom the Timbers are currently in contract discussions. Having been loaned to MLS from Uruguayan club CA Atenas at the start of 2012, Seba is out of contract and would need to reach a new deal with the Timbers in order to stay in Portland. He already spent a short time in Argentina training with Club Atletico Tigre in Buenos Aires and that club stated on its Facebook page in early November that they expected Rincon to join them in December. If he does not sign outright with Tigre, the Timbers could conceivably re-sign him and loan him, as was attempted during the 2013 season. Even if somehow he does return to Portland for the 2014 MLS season, it is unlikely that he would get much by way of playing time with Urruti and potentially a South American signing expected to headline the Timbers' front line. With opportunities to play in USL Pro with Sacramento Republic and expanded rosters for CONCACAF Champions League, it is more possible to envision Seba returning but he remains only a small part of the Timbers' plans.