Trades as Common as Picks in Timbers Draft History

Portland has 6 picks in 2014 SuperDraft, for the moment
by Ray Marcham   |   Friday, January 10, 2014

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With the MLS SuperDraft just a week away, it’s a good time to look back at the previous 3 years that the Portland Timbers have taken part.

The SuperDraft, to be held in Philadelphia on Jan. 16, will be a bit different this year than in the past. Because of the elimination of the Supplemental Draft, the SuperDraft is now 4 rounds, up from 2 rounds in 2012 and 2013. Currently, Portland has 6 picks in the draft, including 1 in the first round (No. 17), 2 in the second round (No. 26 and 36), 1 in the third (No. 39) and 2 in the fourth (No. 71 and 73). That’s the most picks Portland has had in a draft, but whether the Timbers hold on to all 6 picks is up in the air.

One thing that has been a hallmark of the Timbers and the SuperDraft is that Gavin Wilkinson has not been afraid to trade picks away. Before 2010 was even done, he had traded Portland’s third round pick to New York for Jeremy Hall.

That willingness to trade picks was never more evident than in 2013, when the Timbers picked late in the second round. Wilkinson had traded away Portland’s first round pick (third overall) to Toronto, along with goalkeeper Joe Bednik, for Ryan Johnson and Milos Kocic 6 weeks earlier. At one point, the Timbers had the 13th pick, acquired (along with allocation money) from New York for Kenny Cooper, but that pick was sent to Houston for Kris Boyd in early 2012.

Portland’s original second round pick, at No. 22, was also traded away, but after the 2012 season. Wilkinson sent the pick and Kosuke Kimura to the Red Bulls (yeah, them again) for the homegrown rights to University of Akron defender Bryan Gallego. Portland did trade for a second round pick on draft day, sending Mike Fucito to San Jose for the 34th overall pick. The Timbers then picked Dylan Tucker-Gangnes, who played with the reserves before a concussion ended his 2013 season.

Of course, the Timbers’ draft history got off to a great start in 2011 when they drafted Darlington Nagbe with the second overall pick. What he’s done in his 3 seasons in Portland has been nothing short of spectacular, and he’s turning into one of the top players in MLS.

But not lasting as long was Chris Taylor, Portland’s second round pick. After playing for the Timbers’ reserves in 2011 and having hip surgery in 2012, he was waived by Portland before the 2013 season and is now a part of the group hoping to bring the NASL to Oklahoma City (separate from the group that operates USL Pro’s Oklahoma City Energy, which starts play in 2014). And, as mentioned earlier, the third round pick was traded to New York.

The 2012 draft? That’s where the Timbers took Connecticut’s Andrew Jean-Baptiste with the eighth pick. The second round pick – and there were only 2 rounds in the 2012 SuperDraft – was Brenden King of Notre Dame. However, he went to play in Norway and Ireland before being signed by Chicago in 2013.

However, the Timbers made no trades involving draft picks in 2012. But it was during the 2012 SuperDraft that the Cooper trade with the Red Bulls was completed that gave Portland the 13th pick in the 2013 draft. Of course, that was sent to Houston in the Boyd trade.

So, how did the Timbers get 6 picks in 4 rounds in the 2014 SuperDraft? The first round pick, based on where they finished in the playoffs, will be the 17th and is the only pick in the round for Portland.

Portland currently has 2 second round picks. The 26th pick was received from Vancouver, along with a 2015 second round pick, in exchange for the rights to Nigel Reo-Coker. The 36th pick is the regular spot for the Timbers in the round.

The Timbers have the first pick of the third round, which would have been the top pick in the Supplemental Draft before that was eliminated. That was part of the trade that sent Mike Chabala to DC United back in August. The 55th pick, where Portland would have been picking, was traded to Seattle before the season for the rights to Mikael Silvestre.

The fourth round has 2 spots for the Timbers. The 71st pick was received from Houston in December in exchange for David Horst. The Dynamo had received that pick in 2010 from Los Angeles for Houston’s spot in the 2010 Re-Entry Draft.

The 73rd pick was acquired from Houston, as well. That was part of a 2010 deal that sent Jordan Graye, who had been taken late in the Expansion Draft by the Timbers, to the Dynamo. Portland’s “natural” pick, the 74th, was sent to San Jose in September as part of the Brad Ring deal.

But, of course, whether the Timbers use all 6 picks is unknown. Trades can still be made, and Wilkinson hasn’t been afraid to do exactly that to move down, or even out of a round completely. If there are fewer than 6 that he and Caleb Porter want, then trades will happen.

If past history is any indication, expect at least 1 trade.

NEXT UP: February 1 – Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City, North Stadium, Kimo Sports Complex, Tucson, Ariz. 9 p.m. EST, No TV.

Ray MARCHAM

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Cascadia native and a fan for as long as he can remember, Ray was brought up on the old NASL. Learned to love MLS. Wanted to play like Clive Charles. Then like Tony Adams. Only dreams, of course.
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