It is always difficult to part ways with a player, especially one that has never actually suited up for your team. Local New Jersey, Oregon journalist Soccer by Ives delivers the dirt that the Timbers have traded the rights to Robbie Findley to Real Salt Lake [Side note: Hasn't it been interesting how this offseason Merritt Paulson drops a Twitter hint and then Ives delivers the good. Maybe Cubbie needs to check his Spam filter].
Anyway, it is too early to evaluate the trade since we aren’t sure what the Timbers are getting in return. Allocation money? A draft pick (RSL have the 12th and 31st picks)? Lovel Palmer? Cool pictures of the TA lighting flares? A free JWF concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?
What is clear is that Findley isn’t exactly needed on a roster that has 9 forwards, including 4 or 5 that have similar attributes as he does. The Timbers were criticized by some when they took Findley and Jonathan Bornstein in the MLS Expansion Draft. It was a gamble to acquire the rights to a couple of guys leaving the league, but as we’ve pointed out the Expansion Draft isn’t exactly fertile ground for impact players. Getting something (Kyle Beckerman’s autograph?) for Findley at this point is a positive. The guy has disappeared at Nottingham Forest and is excess goods in these parts.
It also clears up a spot at Nottingham Forest. A spot for Kris Boyd? Check your email, Ives.