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Red Bulls acquire Alexander from Portland

The New York Red Bulls sent allocation money to the Portland Timbers in exchange for the once-capped American midfielder, who will be on his third team in four MLS seasons.

The New York Red Bulls took another step to augment their midfield Monday, acquiring Eric Alexander from the Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money.

Alexander, who has one cap with the U.S. national team in 2011 to his name, has bounced around in his three years in MLS. Originally drafted by FC Dallas out of Indiana University in 2010, he was traded to Portland during the 2011 season in exchange for Jeremy Hall. The 24-year-old Alexander accounted for six assists in 24 games last season with Portland, and he brings his potential and versatility to a Red Bulls side that has rebuilt its midfield.

Gone are the likes of Rafa Marquez, Joel Lindpere, Sebastien Le Toux, Jan Gunnar Solli, Teemu Tainio and Victor Palsson. In are Brazilian veteran Juninho, Spanish winger Ruben Izquierdo, Georgetown University standout Ian Christianson and now Alexander, who made it to MLS Cup with FC Dallas in his 2010 rookie season.

“Eric is a young midfielder who has earned a large amount of experience during his three years in Major League Soccer,” Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said in a team statement. “He can play a number of roles for us and we are pleased that he has joined the Red Bulls.”

The trade is the latest in a series of transactions that the busy Red Bulls have made this offseason, and it is the second one they have made with the Timbers. On Dec. 3, New York traded allocation money and the Homegrown Player rights to Bryan Gallego to Portland in exchange for right back Kosuke Kimura and a second round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

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