We get it, some of you don't really want to read about Mike Fucito anymore. But this certainly merits attention: the former Seattle Sounders player (and a favorite of this site) has been traded from the Montreal Impact to the ... Portland Timbers.
Yes, you read that correctly. The next time you see Mike Fucito on a MLS field, he will be wearing the uniform of our favorite rivals.
The cost was definitely reasonable. Based on his performance, the Timbers will have to give up either a 2013 second-round SuperDraft pick or a 2013 international roster spot. It really does seem to be a very low risk trade from the Timbers' standpoint. That the Impact were willing to trade him for such a pittance illustrates just how far out of favor he had fallen with coach Jesse Marsch.
That said, it's hard to see how he fits into the Timbers' plans. Fucito is unlikely to start, as the Timbers already have a pretty crowded attack. He will likely be fighting to make the 18, just as he did in Montreal.
More significantly for us, I'm just guessing that the Impact never offered Fucito to the Sounders at this cut-rate price, just as the Philadelphia Union never offered Sebastien LeToux to Seattle before sending him to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
At the very least, this should go down as another interesting chapter in this rivalry. Fucito was obviously a fan favorite and is still good friends with several Sounders players. I would expect Sounders fans to have a hard time working up much hatred for him.