MLS Draft Team Recap: Portland Timbers

MLS Draft Team Recap: Portland Timbers

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MLS Draft Team Recap: Portland Timbers

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By MIKE NASTRI

The first draft in Portland Timbers MLS team history saw the Timbers drafted the most exciting player in the draft in Akron star Darlington Nagbe.

The Hermann Award winner is a dynamic attacker with a nose for goal. He will team with newly acquired Kenny Cooper to have a nice mix of speed and power up front. 

Portland traded for Seattle's eleventh overall pick, giving up allocation and one of its second round picks for the No. 11 pick and an international roster spot. The Timbers then turned and traded that pick to Houston for allocation money.

Portland took Tulsa defender Chris Taylor with its one pick remaining. Taylor showed well in the MLS Combine, impressing coaches with his tenacious defense at left back. He provides some depth in the back to a Timbers team starting from scratch.

SBI caught up with Timbers head coach John Spencer after the second round. Our video interview is after the jump:

John Spencer Draft from Soccer By Ives on Vimeo.

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