Portland Timbers trade first round pick in 2021 MLS SuperDraft for general allocation money

Timbers trade first-round choice in 2021 MLS SuperDraft for GAM initially appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The Portland Timbers will require to wait a while prior to preparing a gamer throughout the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. 

Getting in the afternoon, Portland held the eighth-overall choice which was gotten in a trade with the Los Angeles Galaxy where the Timbers sent out Jorge Villafaña. 

Now, Portland has actually chosen to trade that choice for $100,000 in General Allowance Cash, $75,000 in 2021 General Allowance Cash (GAM) and $25,000 in 2022 General Allowance Cash (GAM), from Orlando City SC, which provides the Timbers higher cap versatility to make more relocations this offseason.

While the relocation appears quite dull on paper, owner Merrit Paulson assured the Timbers fanbase that more relocations will occur this offseason: Relocations that he’s thrilled about. 

Following the trade, Portland now holds the No. 43 and No. 70 choices in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.

Trading Villafaña without reciving gamers in return reveals the franchise anticipates the newly-acquired Claudio Bravo to enter a big playing function as quickly as next season.

Portland obtained the 23-year old Argentine protector in December 2020 to a multi-year agreement utilizing Targeted Allowance Cash (TAM). At the global level, Bravo has actually made 8 looks for Argentina’s U-23 Guys’s National Group, assisting them win the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Competition.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.