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Portland Timbers Owner Merritt Paulson Discusses Possible Designated Player

The Portland Timbers could be the newest club to pick up a Designated Player after owner Merritt Paulson highlighted the possibility in an interview with Talk Timbers radio show (95.5 The Game).

“We will add a player of note, of significance, a center midfielder, and I would venture to guess we’ll have that player by our home opener on April 14,” Paulson said. “We’ve got a couple of options.

"(Marcos) Flores, who people have talked about on the chat boards, is not one of the options. One of the two players would be a DP and the other one would be an extremely good fit as well.”

The statement adds credibility to rumors floating around in early March that the Timbers were searching for a Designated Player to fill the central role, perhaps a Colombian player. Timbers technical director Gavin Wilkinson said the player would make Designated Player status, but wouldn't necessarily be a marquee name.

The expansion side's current central midfield corps include team captain Jack Jewsbury, former Chicago Fire player Peter Lowry, and former Columbus Crew destroyer Adam Moffatt.

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