- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers acquired defender Zarek Valentin from the Montreal Impact in exchange for an international roster spot.

The 24-year-old defender from Pennsylvania played under Timbers coach Caleb Porter at the University of Akron in 2009-10.

Valentin was the second overall pick in the 2011 expansion draft by Montreal. He started in 14 games with the Impact in 2012 before he was loaned to the Norwegian team Bodo Glimt.

He played in 55 games with Bodo Glimt over the past three seasons.

Valentin, a Generation Adidas product, was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA, playing in 24 games his rookie season.



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