Timbers Trade For Palmer and Chabala

Timbers Trade For Palmer and Chabala

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 21, 2011
  • Adam Moffat, Lovel Palmer, Trades

Lovel Palmer is headed West to play for Portland. (Getty Images)

The deals keep on coming in MLS. Today, the Portland Timbers acquired defender/midfielder Lovel Palmer, defender Mike Chabala and an international roster slot through the remainder of the 2011 season from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for midfielder Adam Moffat and allocation money.

A fairly interesting move for the two sides. Portland gains an international roster spot meaning they’ll likely be adding someone here in the near future, though it is possible it was to offset the pickup of Palmer. Both should be good cover for a defense that has been pretty shaky for the 2011 season. I’d imagine Palmer will move back to his more confortable spot in the defense on the right side. That’s been a weak spot this season for Portland.

The Dynamo unloaded some of their depth in this trade and probably look to pick up a big signing here soon. There are rumors that the Dynamo have received $150,000 in allocation money, nearly enough to cover the entire cost of a midseason Designated Player. Just something to keep in mind here as we move forward. We know the Dynamo are in the playoff hunt so adding a big piece to the puzzle could be exactly what Dominic Kinnear’s bunch needs.

Overall a fairly even trade today by the two sides.