December 3, 2012
SHORING UP THE DEFENSE
Red Bulls acquire Kimura from Portland
The Red Bulls on Monday pulled the trigger of their first deal of what is expected to be many this off season when they acquired defender Kosuke Kimura and a natural second round 2013 MLS SuperDraft choice from the Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money and the MLS Homegrown rights of defender Bryan Gallego.
Kimura, who was out of contract in Major League Soccer, has signed a new deal with the Red Bulls. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Kosuke is a player who has impressed us for several years and we are happy to bring him to our club. He will provide depth in the fullback position and his MLS experience will be a great asset for us,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh said in a statement.
Added Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson: “Kosuke was a consummate professional and we appreciate his contributions to the club. We wish him well in New York.”
This will the 28-year-old Kimura's third team in a calendar year. He played in 17 games, starting in 16, while recording one goal and one assist for Portland. He was acquired on July 5 from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for allocation money and an international slot. With Colorado, Kimura started 12 games and logged a goal and an assist.
Taken by the Rapids in the third round (35th overall) in the 2007 MLS supplemental draft out of Western Illinois University to become the first Japanese-born player in MLS, the 5-9, 155-lb. Kimura played in 117 total games for Colorado, starting in 109 and recorded four goals and eight assists. In 2010, Kimura featured in 23 matches and was a key component in the Rapids’ MLS Cup championship-winning season that year. In that playoff run, Kimura started in four matches and scored a goal.
Gallego was a product of the Red Bulls Academy and is a sophomore at the University of Akron, where he played for Caleb Porter. Porter will become Portland coach next season.
The deal gave the Timbers the first right of refusal for the 19-year-old Gallego. The Kinnelon, N.J., native is a former captain for the U.S. Under-18 National Team and is currently a member of the U.S. U-20 National Team pool.