December 3rd, 2012 by Michael Orr
After trying to move to Wisła Kraków this fall, Kosuke Kimura’s time with the Portland Timbers has ended differently as he was traded to Red Bull New York along with Portland’s natural second round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft for an undisclosed amount of allocation money and the Home Grown Player rights to Akron sophomore Bryan Gallego. Kimura, who represents John Spencer’s final roster addition, is part of a major overhaul at Red Bull and presumably clears roster space for the incoming Michael Harrington at Portland.
Gallego, 19, is a 5’10″ defender and the former US U18 captain. He is currently part of the US U20 pool. According to a Timbers press release, the swap, “allows Portland the first right of refusal in signing the former Red Bulls Academy player.”
UPDATE: As part of the trade, the Timbers waived a $75,000 fee Red Bull would have owed Portland for re-signing Kenny Cooper (via Soccer By Ives). That suggests a sign-and-trade deal for Cooper, though that would be extremely unlikely to further involve the Timbers.