Timbers trade Farfan, Cascante
The Portland Timbers on Sunday, Dec. 13, announced they have acquired a total of $710,000 in general allocation money in three trades.
In a half-day trade window, the Timbers sent defender Marco Farfan to Los Angeles FC for $300,000 in allocation money. They sent defender Julio Cascante to expansion club Austin FC for $250,000 and sent a 2021 international roster spot to New York City FC for $160,000.
Farfan, a Gresham native and Centennial High graduate, wanted a new opportunity after spending four seasons with the Timbers as a Homegrown Player. He made 37 appearances across all competitions at outside back.
"It's been a dream playing for my hometown club and being part of the Portland Timbers' organization since 2015. I am thankful for the fans and everyone involved who gave me the opportunity to step on the field and wear the green and gold," Farfan said in a statement released by the Timbers. "I'm very proud of the group accomplishments and the individual lessons learned these last few years, but I am also excited for the future and the next chapter in my career."
Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers GM and president of soccer, has known Farfan since he began playing youth soccer for the Eastside Timbers.
"He is an incredible young man that has set the bar very high for every player coming through our academy. We understand Marco's desire to seek a new challenge and wish him all the success in world," Wilkinson said.
Cascante, 27, spent three seasons with the Timbers. The Costa Rican played in 51 games across all competitions and scored two goals for Portland.
In addition to the $250,000 in 2021 allocation money, the Timbers might receive additional allocation money based upon Cascante's performance for Austin.
The expansion draft for Austin FC takes place at 7 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, Dec. 14.
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