Timbers acquire Bryan Gallego's Homegrown Player rights on busy day of moves

Steve Dykes

The previously rumored deal to send Kosuke Kimura to the New York Red Bulls was apparently a bit more intriguing than originally reported. They also acquired Michael Harrington and traded away Eric Brunner.

It turns out the Portland Timbers' rumored trading of Kosuke Kimura to the New York Red Bulls was not as simple as it first appeared. In a significant twist, the Timbers will actually receive the Homegrown Player rights to Akron's Bryan Gallego and allocation money from Red Bulls in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft and Kimura.

Gallego's HGP rights are the big wild-card in this deal. The sophomore has played mostly as a central defender with the Zips and was a three-year captain of the Red Bulls academy team. Top Drawer Soccer has him rated as the No. 52 player in college, but as the No. 6 freshman. He has also played for the United States U-18 team.

The release announcing the move indicates that the Timbers will have the right of first refusal to sign Gallego, but it does not address how he might fit into the larger HGP picture. MLS roster rules dictate that teams can only sign two HGPs above the minimum salary, but it's not clear if signing Gallego would count against that total.

In addition to receiving Gallego, the Timbers are also reportedly receiving $100,000 in allocation from the Red Bulls. At the same time, the Timbers agreed to waive $75,000 in allocation they were owed by the Red Bulls if Kenny Cooper had re-signed.

In addition to that move, the Timbers also made official the trade to acquire Michael Harrington from Sporting Kansas City. That move involved the Timbers sending allocation to Kansas City in exchange for the fullback. The Timbers also traded center back Eric Brunner to the Houston Dynamo for allocation money.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.