Timbers acquire allocation money from Houston in exchange for defender Eric Brunner

Defender says playing for Portland has "been an honor"

Eric Brunner, Timbers vs. SJ, 8.26.12

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has acquired allocation money from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for defender Eric Brunner. Per club and league policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Eric is a great person and quality player, and these types of decisions are never easy,” said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers general manager. “We very much appreciate his service to the club over the past two seasons, both on and off the field. The opportunity in Houston for Eric is one that he is excited about. He is well-liked and will be missed.”

Brunner, 26, appeared in 13 matches for the Timbers during the 2012 campaign and scored one goal; his season was limited due to injuries. Brunner, who was selected by the Timbers in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft from the Columbus Crew, appeared in 45 games and scored four goals over two seasons in Portland, setting MLS-career highs in both games played (32) and goals (3) in 2011.

“I’d like to thank Merritt Paulson, Gavin Wilkinson and the entire Timbers organization for allowing me to be a part of the start of the MLS franchise; it’s been an honor,” said Brunner. “I am fortunate to have made life-long friendships and I’d like to thank the fans for their commitment and support. It has been a pleasure playing for you. I am excited for my new endeavors in Houston and appreciate all that’s been done.”

In total, Brunner has played in 84 matches and scored six goals during his four-year MLS career.