December 7th, 2012 by Michael Orr
After his contract option for 2013 was declined earlier in the week, Rodney Wallace has signed a new deal to remain with the Portland Timbers. The negotiations were completed before yesterday’s MLS Re-Entry Draft deadline and will keep the 24-year old midfielder/defender on the roster for at least a third season. As per league rules, details of the deal were not disclosed. With incoming players Will Johnson and Michael Harrington making more money than most of those 2012 Timbers players who have now exited, reducing the wages of continuing Portland players had to be a priority for Gavin Wilkinson. If, as expected, Wallace’s deal lowers his wages, Caleb Porter will get the benefit of a useful sub and additional cash. Perhaps Wallace could have made more elsewhere, but signing a new deal in Portland is another example of the interest of MLS players in playing for Porter.