The Portland Timbers have acquired allocation money from Real Salt Lake in exchange for the MLS rights for 27-year-old forward Robbie Findley.
The ex RSL player joined English Championship side Nottingham Forest although Portland coach John Spencer selected the speedy forward in the expansion draft in November 2010, thereby acquiring his rights.
This gave Portland his rights should he ever return to MLS forcing RSL head coach Jason Kreis to trade for Findley in order to bring him back to Salt Lake. At the time, the Timbers claimed the decision was made for a future benefit.
Finally they have cashed in.
“RSL has played a huge role in my career and I’m very excited to be back in Utah,” Findley said in a club release.
“RSL is a team that is consistently at the top of the table and always has plenty of talent. Jason Kreis and the coaching staff are very dedicated and know what it takes to be successful. I’m very ready to get back into Rio Tinto Stadium and enjoy the phenomenal atmosphere that our supporters bring to every game.”
Findley will report to Rio Tinto Stadium for the start of RSL’s preseason camp this Saturday. He will be added to RSL’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
He will reunite his partnership with Alvaro Saborio in the RSL forward line.
“We’re very pleased to bring Robbie back to Salt Lake,” Real Salt Lake GM Garth Lagerwey said.
“He’s a talented player and was nothing but a class individual during his first stint here. We feel like his speed will add a dimension to our attack that’s been missing since his departure and we’re excited to see him back out on the field at Rio Tinto Stadium.”
Findley scored five goals and registering four assists despite missing nearly two months of the season while with the U.S. National Team at the FIFA World Cup. The Arizona native made three appearances at the World Cup in South Africa and has 11 total international caps.
Player: Robbie Findley
Weight: 165 lbs.
Date of Birth: Aug. 4, 1985
Birthplace: Phoenix, Ariz.
How acquired: Rights acquired via trade with Portland Timbers on Jan. 16, 2013 in exchange for allocation money.