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August 25, 2010
Timbers sign ex-Red Bulls defender

Kevin Goldthwaite has gone west and signed with the Portland Timber in the USSF Division 2 Pro League.
Kevin Goldthwaite has gone west and signed with the Portland Timber in the USSF Division 2 Pro League.
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Former Red Bulls defender Kevin Goldthwaite will be playing again this season, although it won't be in MLS.

The Portland Timbers signed Goldy for the rest of the USSF Division 2 Pro League season, although the transaction is pending league and U.S. Soccer approval.

This will be Goldy's second tenure with the Timbers, having played with the club in 2005.

Goldthwaite, 27, joins the Timbers after six seasons in Major League Soccer, including the last three seasons with the New York Red Bulls. He returns for a second stint with the Timbers after being loaned to Portland during his MLS rookie season in 2005.

A native of Sacramento, Calif., Goldthwaite was selected 17th overall by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. He registered three goals and five assists in 87 MLS regular-season matches, suiting up for San Jose, Houston Dynamo (2006-07), Toronto FC (2007) and the Red Bulls (2007-10).

Goldthwaite is expected to be fit to play for the Timbers in two weeks.

Goldy helped the Red Bulls to the 2008 Western Conference championship and an appearance in MLS Cup. He was named the teamís 2008 defender of the year, registered a career-high two goals in 28 games. He also was a member of the Dynamo's 2006 MLS Cup championship side.

While on loan with the Timbers in 2005, Goldthwaite logged 892 minutes in 10 matches, helping Portland to a USL First Division playoff appearance.

Goldthwaite played his college soccer at Notre Dame, where he earned All-Big East first-team honors. He also was a semifinalist for the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy.

The Red Bulls will have to eat the rest of Goldthwaite's contract this season. According to information on the MLS players union website, he is guaranteed a salary of $129,000 this season.
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