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February 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Sounders FC acquires two draft picks from Portland for the right to sign Mikael Silvestre

The Portland Timbers announced the signing of Mikael Silvestre on Wednesday morning. The move was expected as team owner Merritt Paulson tweeted on Tuesday that as much would be happening.

For the right to sign the experienced defender, Portland gave a first-round supplemental draft pick in 2014 and a conditional draft pick in 2015 to Sounders FC.

Seattle had the right of first refusal on Silvestre by being first to place a discovery claim on him.

Conditional draft picks are typically determined by performance, and this one looks to be based on how much the ex-Manchester United, ex-Arsenal, ex-Inter Milan, ex-Werder Bremen man features for the Timbers in 2014.

Silvestre, 35, signed a two-year contract with MLS with an option for a third year, according to a press release from his representative.  He had been in training camp with the Timbers for much of preseason, even scoring a goal against the Sounders in an exhibition in Tucson.

Seattle brought Silvestre into camp for a couple days, but he soon left to return to England, presumably to get matters in order before a permanent move to MLS with Portland.

So that’s four draft picks acquired by the Sounders the past two days

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