Portland Timbers acquire Jorge Villafana, No. 2 selection in Re-Entry process from Chivas USA in exchange for Andrew Jean-Baptiste, No. 17 Re-Entry pick
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers have acquired midfielder/defender Jorge Villafaña and the No. 2 selection in Stage 1 of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Process from Chivas USA in exchange for defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste and the No. 17 selection in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Process, it was announced today. The transaction was completed prior to Wednesday’s trade deadline ahead of the Re-Entry Process. Per club and league policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Process takes place today via conference call starting at 12 noon (Pacific).
Villafaña, a versatile player who can play left midfield and left back, spent the last seven seasons with Chivas USA (2007-13), appearing in 86 regular-season matches (63 starts) and registering seven goals and six assists. In 2013, Villafaña, 24, compiled a career-best four assists and scored one goal over his 20 league appearances (15 starts).
The Anaheim, Calif., native was a U.S. youth international and played for both the U.S. U-20 and U-23 National Teams. Villafaña made 16 total appearances with the U.S. U-20 National Team from 2007-09, and served as the team’s captain. He earned 10 caps and scored two goals with the U.S. U-20s in 2009, including three appearances in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. Villafaña started two games for the U.S. U-23 National Team during the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.
Jean-Baptiste, 21, played in 31 league games (26 starts) over two seasons in Portland, recording two goals and one assist. He appeared in 26 regular-season games during the 2013 campaign, registering one goal and one assist. Jean-Baptiste was selected No. 8 overall by the Timbers in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and during his rookie season in 2012 spent time on loan with the LA Blues of USL PRO.
Pronunciation: HOR-hay vee-ya-FAH-nyah
Born: Sept. 16, 1989, in Anaheim, Calif.
Hometown: Anaheim, Calif.
Last Club: Chivas USA
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Via trade from Chivas USA along with the No. 2 selection in Stage 1 of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Process in exchange for defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste and the No. 17 selection.