Chivas USA midfielder Ben Zemanski has been traded to the Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money and right of first refusal for former defender Jonathan Bornstein. As usual, the specifics of the deal were not made public.
Zemanski was selected as the 45th overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft from the University of Akron. The midfielder has 18 starts in 22 appearances last season, and had some of the highest minutes played for Chivas USA last season.
Jonathan Bornstein's rights were picked up by Portland in the 2010 Expansion Draft, yet he never signed with the team as he opted to play in Mexico. He is currently on the roster for Tigres, where he has only made 10 appearances in 3 years.
With Caleb Porter currently in charge of the Timbers, this trade makes a lot of sense for Portland. Porter is extremely familiar with Zemanski, having coached him for 4 years in Akron. In terms of the Goats, well, that's another story. No one here at The Goat Parade wanted to see him go this season (despite feeling like he would end up on the chopping block).
What do you think about this trade? Feel like we should have kept Zemanski this seaon? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned for coverage as we offer our opinion on the trade and its implications for the Goats.