Mike Fucito has been traded again.
The former Sounders and Montreal striker is now also a former Portland striker, having been traded to his fourth MLS club San Jose Earthquakes.
The Timbers acquired a second-round pick (No. 34 overall) in today’s 2013 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for Fucito. It is Portland’s only involvement in today’s draft. The Earthquakes now have the right of first refusal to Fucito and may negotiate a contract.
“Mike is a hard-working player and a first-class professional, and we wish him all the best,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers general manager in a statement that just about summed up Fucito’s impact at the club.
As part of a trade with Chivas USA on Dec. 12, 2012, for the No. 2 spot in the MLS allocation order, Portland offered either a second-round draft pick in the 2013 SuperDraft if it acquired one or an international slot for the 2013 season.
Chivas USA elected to receive the international slot.
However Caleb Porter’s forthright remarks at a press conference last week suggested DP and Scottish international Kris Boyd may be on his way out.
There may not be much in today’s draft for Timbers fans but there may be big news to come from elsewhere.
Portland drafted defender Dylan Tucker-Gangnes as their only draft pick at number 34.
In other news, Oregon State’s Emery Welshman was drafted by Toronto FC and Timbers U23 forward Erik Hurtado was drafted by Vancouver.