Timbers trade away Fucito, draft Tucker-Gagnes


Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 4:02 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 4:03 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Timbers selected defender Dylan Tucker-Gagnes with the 34th overall pick in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday.

The Timbers acquired the pick earlier in the day when the team traded forward Mike Fucito to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Tucker-Gagnes scored seven goals in 19 games as a senior last season for the Huskies, who went to the second round of the NCAA tournament. He started 13 games with the Timbers U23s during the 2011 Premier Development League season.

"He fits a need that we have and can provide depth at the center back position," new Timbers coach Caleb Porter said. "Dylan fits our style, he's a player that can play out of the back and he is a winner."

Tucker-Gagnes, a native of Bainbridge Island, Wash., was a two-time captain at Washington.

"If I could have chosen any team to go to, it would have been Portland, and I am absolutely thrilled to be selected by the club," he said in a statement. "Now, the hard work begins to prove my selection."

The 26-year-old Fucito, a four-year MLS veteran, came to the Timbers in a trade with the Montreal Impact last April, and made three starts in 12 games.

The Timbers had just one pick in Thursday's draft, which was conducted in Indianapolis.

The Timbers continue to tweak their roster in advance of the start of training camp on Monday. Portland opens the season on March 3 against the New York Red Bulls at Jeld-Wen Field.

On Wednesday, the team sent forward Robbie Findley to Real Salt Lake in exchange for allocation money. Portland had the MLS rights to the 27-year-old forward after selecting him in the 2010 expansion draft, but he never played for the Timbers.

The Timbers would not comment on reports they cut ties with Scottish striker Kris Boyd, who had another year on his contract with the team. Last week when Porter was formally introduced as the team's new head coach, he said he doubted Boyd would fit into his plans.

"Kris Boyd is a player that I think will have a hard time playing in the way that we want to play," Porter said. "And that's no knock on Kris. He would fit in a lot of different systems but, with what I want out of my strikers, it's going to be difficult for him to offer what I'm looking for in that position."

Portland paid Boyd $1.5 million last season. He scored seven goals in 22 games.