May 14, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Portland Timbers foward/midfielder Darlington Nagbe (6) dribbles the ball down field in the first half against the Sounders FC at Quest Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

1/11 Soccer News and Notes: New Timbers DP, Hainault Departs, Cascadia Battle

Caleb Porter and the Portland Timbers are moving roster pieces to help his planned possession and clinical style of attack.  Argentine Diego Valeri was acquired via loan from Club Atlético Lanús to lead the attack.  The move is said to free up Darlington Nagbe.  Valeri will be in the number 10 role and Porter is excited/

And I see him as that guy. He’s a very creative player, but also very intelligent, cerebral, smart, understands how to dictate the flow of the game but also a final third player.

The Timbers brass is in Ft. Lauderdale for the MLS Combine like much of the league as they prep for the upcoming SuperDraft.  For more on the signing of Valeri, check out the full story from Major League Soccer.  

Andre Hainault is leaving the Houston Dynamo for Ross County in the Scottish Premier League.  The Canadian will move on after four years with Houston and seeing his minutes decline this past season.  The emergence of Kofi Sarkodie made him expendable.  The trade for Eric Brunner has given the Dynamo some depth on the backline, but they may make a move or change draft strategy slightly to add more options.  Hainault did score in the Eastern Conference final in 2012 as seen below.

So Major League Soccer moved to trademark the competition between Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland, but didn’t really tell anyone that supports the club and its becoming a heated issue.  The move to trademark the Cascadia Cup was said to be a protective measure.  The idea came from the supporters groups for the teams and was basically loaned to the MLS.  The trademark issue is a little murky but here is a good explanation.  Now there will be a meeting as the MLS and the newly formed Cascadia Cup Council fight for the trademark.  Is this for protection or coming with the hope to market the product thus making more money?  Stay tuned.

A couple other notes before you go.  Kansas City was awarded the All-Star Game against a yet to be named opponent.  Also, the new professional Women’s team in KC released its logo.  Ok then.

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