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April 20, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Mike Fucito traded to the Portland Timbers, Cascadia rivalry gets even more interesting

fucito portland.jpgMike Fucito is a Portland Timber.

That might take a while to sink in, but it’s true.

The Montreal Impact traded the ex-Sounder to Portland on Friday in exchange for either a second-round SuperDraft pick or international roster slot in 2013, based on the forward’s performance this season. Fucito is the second former fan-favorite that started his MLS career in Seattle and is now playing for a Cascadia rival, joining Sebastien Le Toux in Vancouver.

“Mike is a player who brings MLS and CONCACAF experience to the club,” said Timbers coach John Spencer in a news release. “He provides us with another experienced, quality option up top.”

Fucito will be the first to play for both the Sounders and Timbers in MLS — adding a new chapter to the storied rivalry.

“We would like to thank Mike for his commitment to being part of this organization,” said Impact coach Jesse Marsch on the team website. “We feel this move will allow us to have flexibility on our roster while investing in our future.”

Fucito didn’t have much of an impact — no pun intended — for Montreal following a preseason trade that brought Eddie Johnson to Seattle. We’ll see how he fits in with the Timbers.

UPDATE: Not long after the trade was announced, Portland revealed that forward Eddie Johnson has retired due to repeated concussions. That surely played a part in seeking a forward that might be available.

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What do you think of a former fan favorite playing for your main rival? Does it affect how much you root for Fucito?

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