MLS Expansion: Timbers Acquire Rodney Wallace, Draft Pick For Dax McCarty

The jewel of the Expansion Draft didn't spend much time with his new team.

Within hours of making Dax McCarty the first overall pick, the Timbers sent him and allocation money to DC United in exchange for 22-year-old defender Rodney Wallace and the second of their two fourth-round picks in the upcoming SuperDraft.

Wallace was the sixth overall pick in the 2009 SuperDraft and has an impressive rookie season, scoring three goals and assisting on three others while earning 25 starts and playing 2,265 mintues.

He started the 2010 season well with two assists in 11 matches, but a knee injury ultimately ended his season early.

The biggest advantage for the Timbers in this deal is the potential savings. Based on last year's salaries, this should save the Timbers an additional $60,000 against the cap.

In Portland, Wallace could potentially be reunited with Jordan Graye, who was his teammate at DC United.

The Whitecaps have also indicated they are unlikely to open the season with all the players they selected in the Expansion Draft.

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