Local Timbers beat writer, Soccer By Ives (aka Cubbie’s water boy), has the scoop on a trade that will evidently involve the Timbers sending the number 3 pick in the MLS Super Draft to Toronto FC for forward Ryan Johnson and keeper Milos Kocic.
If you look at the trade in a vacuum, it is a good one. Johnson is a speedy, athletic, and moderately priced ($137,813) addition. He played for Toronto. He is used to crappy service. He could play in a 4-3-3.
Kocic is a capable, low wage ($44,100) keeper with a little bit of experience. The MLS SuperDraft pool is not especially deep this season and let’s face it, the Timbers are hardly in need of another young player who needs a few more years to develop.
Of course, when you look at the Timbers roster you can’t help but notice a couple of things. There is no shortage of forwards and there is no shortages of goalkeepers.
Clearly these moves, if they happen, are just part of the larger Rostergeddon that remains in motion. It certainly would seem even less likely for Kris Boyd to be around next season now that Danny Mwanga has been re-signed and with the addition of Johnson. Equally intriguing is what this means for the goalkeepers. Does this open the door to move the overpriced Donovan Ricketts or do we see Joe Bendik or Jake Gleeson moved somewhere as part of a future deal? Maybe Gleeson gets loaned out to get some playing time? UPDATE: Bendik is sent packing.
UPDATE 2: Timbers have moved up in the allocation order. Things are certainly rolling.
Fasten your seat belts.