Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Jack Jewsbury traded to Portland Timbers

Jack Jewsbury has been traded to the Portland Timbers for allocation money.

Jewsbury, a native of Springfield, Mo., was a 5th round MLS SuperDraft selection in 2003 (43rd overall) after a standout career at St. Louis University.

While he appeared in 29 games and started 17, Jack has been fighting for consistent playing time over the last year. Jewsbury has always been a great 'Jack-of-all-trades' kind of guy and he could play almost any position on the field at a serviceable level. Unfortunately with the current talent level on the team (and in the pipeline) he was not likely to crack the starting lineup again soon except as an injury replacement. With an expanded and deeper roster, the highly versatile utility player is less required. With Zusi (and others) as a midfield replacement and Ellis and Lorenz as replacements for outside back, his best positions were not positions where depth was needed anymore.

Even with the need for one guy that can play multiple positions diminished, what probably most led to the trade was his salary. Jack was being paid what a starter in this league should be paid. He signed a 4 year contract in 2009 and last year (according to the MLS Players Union) he was making a guaranteed $154,000.

With Conrad, Wolff, Chhetri, Zoltan and now Jewsbury gone the payroll has been reduced by over $886,000 from last year. That number does not include a few other players that were traded, picked up in the expansion draft/re-entry drafts, released or may still be released.
Portland is getting a great team player in Jack. Not only was he versatile on the field, but he could remain best friends with the ULTRA-competitive Davy Arnaud.

Jack proved he was tough when he survived being sat on by the not so diminutive Zach Thornton in a game last year.

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