- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Timbers have acquired veteran defender Nat Borchers from Real Salt Lake, one of a flurry of moves Monday for Portland’s Major League Soccer team.

Portland sent allocation money to Salt Lake in exchange for the 33-year-old Borchers, who has started for RSL for the past seven seasons and was a key contributor to the 2009 MLS Cup-winning team.

The Timbers traded defender Michael Harrington to the Colorado Rapids for allocation money. An eight-year MLS veteran, Harrington appeared in 25 matches last season with two assists.

Portland signed several players including Ghanaian goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey from the Norwegian Premier League, Colombian winger/forward Dairon Asprilla, and Brazilian defender Jeanderson Salvador Pereira.

The team also exercised the purchase option on defender Alvas Powell from his Jamaican club and signed him to a long-term deal.

The moves were made in the league’s half-day trade window on Monday. Coach Caleb Porter and general manager Gavin Wilkinson were scheduled to address the moves Tuesday.

The Timbers also exercised the 2015 contract options on midfielders George Fochive, Michael Nanchoff, Rodney Wallace and Ben Zemanski, defender Taylor Peay and goalkeepers Jake Gleeson and Andrew Weber.

The team re-signed defender Jorge Villafana, who was out of contract. The team is continuing contract talks with forward Gaston Fernandez.

The Timbers declined the options on midfielders Kalif Alhassan and Steven Evans, and defenders Bryan Gallego and Pa Modou Kah.


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