Portland Timbers Off-Season Pickups
This off-season we have seen a different Portland Timbers than what we saw last season. We had exits from notable people like Rodrigo Lopez, Kenny Cooper, Peter Lowry, Kevin Goldthwaite, Adin Brown, and Brian Umony. However, we had some notable pick ups that can help us secure a good defensive line and a striker position.
From the MLSoccer.com website we have the following people who were picked up so far in the off-season (and we are so far not even done yet): F José Adolfo Valencia (12/14: Independiente Santa Fe/Colombia); F Brent Richards (1/4: Home Grown); D Andrew Jean-Baptiste (1/12: SuperDraft); M Brendan King(1/12: SuperDraft); D Hanyer Mosquera (1/17: free); M Ryan Kowaluk (1/17: supplemental draft); M Miguel Ibarra (1/17: supplemental draft); G Doug Herrick (1/17: supplemental draft); M Logan McDaniel (1/17: supplemental draft); F Kris Boyd (1/30: free); M Charles Renken (1/31: waiver wire)
Now this doesn’t mean that some of these players won’t be cut (especially the people from the Supplemental Draft). There are a few players in here that stick out to most people so I am going to introduce you guys to these people here on the website.
Kris Boyd (Forward) : Played for the Scottish team Rangers and he was absolutely nasty. He was a major goal scorer for the Scottish league. Let me put it this into perspective (this was only in the team Rangers if you included his time in another Scottish team Kilmarnock as well, it would be a lot more goals) he made a total of 143 appearances and scored 101 goals. There is NO DOUBT that he will do very well as a striker and that I think he could be in the running for golden boot award for the MLS. Now with him up front and with Darlington Nagbe we would have a very strong depth in the position for strikers.
Jose Adolfo Valencia (Forward) : He played in Columbia and was talked about among most of the Management. They have been scouting him for at least a year and made an offer for him in December. He did very well back in the Colombian soccer league (for somebody who was only 19 years old at the time). He would assist with the other players with his speed and determination. However, things went wrong when he had to undergo surgery and miss 6-12 months because of an injury on his knee. It is a setback but his deal has that he would not be considered a designated player in 2012 which can be good for us to pick up somebody else. Once he get healthy again, he will be a force on the team.
Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Defense) : He was acquired in the 2012 super draft in the first round. He came from the University of Connecticut as a defender. As many people have realized, one of our leading defenders David Horst will be out for most of the season because of his surgery he underwent. He was very well in the MLS Combine and impressed the management of the Portland Timbers. He can shore up the back line and can help the defense out. Great pickup on the Timbers’ part.
These are just a few people that will be major players on our team no doubt about it. Every player that we picked up this off-season will be a valuable asset to the team. We had a goal of shoring up both offense and defense (we were pretty good in the midfield position) and I have to say so far we did very well. We seem that we are not done yet with the amount of money and trades we have been doing so far in the preseason. Some of these guys are very cute people (cough * Boyd* cough) and hopefully they can make an impact in the world sex symbols in the Portland and for the causes that we advocate for here (cause most of them have that look that they can pull off… just like our lover here on gay4soccer Mike Chabala). Lets give these people a nice warm welcome and see how they play out this MLS Season.