Portland Timbers select two in MLS SuperDraft; trade Cooper



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fresh of its visit to Klamath Falls as part of the “Dribble Oregon” tour, the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer club went back to business Thursday, picking eighth in the MLS SuperDraft.

Using the No. 8 selection, the Timbers selected defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste from the University of Connecticut.  Jean-Baptiste was selected to Soccer America’s First Team Freshman All-American team in 2010, scoring three points for the Huskies in 20 games.

“Very excited,” said Jean-Baptiste in the Timbers press release on being selected by Portland. “I have a lot of adrenaline rushing through my body. I just feel like I want to get to the team and get started bonding with my teammates, so we can start a good season.”

Portland was also active in the trading game, sending forward Kenny Cooper to the New York Red Bulls for New York’s highest 2013 first round pick and allocation money.

Cooper, 27, played in all 34 games for the Timbers in 2011, finishing the season with eight goals and two assists. He was signed by the Timbers on Jan. 17, 2011, after playing parts of two seasons in Germany with 1860 Munich. Cooper has played five seasons in MLS, with FC Dallas (2006-09) and Portland.

In the second round, Portland picked Brendan King of Notre Dame with the 27th selection.

There were 38 picks overall. The Montreal Impact, an MLS expansion team, selected Duke’s Andrew Wenger first overall.