Portland Continues To Wheel and Deal

Portland Continues To Wheel and Deal

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 12, 2012
  • 2013 MLS Allocation Order, 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Features, Ryan Johnson, Trades
Ryan Johnson is headed back to Oregon. (Getty Images)

Ryan Johnson is headed back to Oregon. (Getty Images)

The deals keep coming out of the Rose City today. The Portland Timbers have struck two deals today, one with Chivas USA and a second with Toronto FC.

Let’s begin with the swap with Toronto. It involves some players and picks.

The Portland Timbers has acquired forward and Jamaican international Ryan Johnson and goalkeeper Milos Kocic from Toronto FC in exchange for goalkeeper Joe Bendik, Portland’s highest first-round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft and allocation money.

That is big because Toronto will now own the 1st and 3rd selections in next month’s draft.

But it keeps going for Portland. Their deal with Chivas involves the allocation order.

The Timbers announced that they have acquired the No. 2 spot in the allocation order from Chivas USA in exchange for the No. 3 spot in the allocation order and either an international slot for the 2013 season (through Dec. 31, 2013) or a second-round draft pick in the 2013 SuperDraft, should Portland acquire a second-round pick.

Get all of that? 

Portland adds a decent striker in Ryan Johnson to go along with Danny Mwanga. I’m not including Kris Boyd in this because I still see him on his way out of Portland here. Moving up in the allocation order was smart even though they only swapped one spot with Chivas. They now are in a better position to snag someone returning to the league in 2013.

Back to the players involved, Johnson is a former Oregon State player that will be returning to the area for the first time in six years. He has bounced around the league a bit in his time going from Real Salt Lake, to Chicago, to San Jose and most recently with Toronto. He’s scored 27 goals and 20 assists in 162 MLS games.

Kocic getting moved out of Toronto isn’t a shocker. With Stefan Frei likely to return next year he was a decent trading chip that with Johnson got a solid return in this deal. I still think Kocic has a bright future in this league as an every game starter and he’ll certainly push Donovan Ricketts in goal there.

Toronto makes out pretty well in this deal, shedding some salary, getting allocation, and picking up another high pick. It will be time to make those picks count come next month though.