Portland Timbers Clear an International Spot By Parting Ways with Mikäel Silvestre

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The Portland Timbers have had a busy offseason adding some international players to their roster, but today they officially cut ties with an experienced defender who had been injured since last year.

According to several sources, the Timbers officially announced that former Arsenal and Manchester United star Mikäel Silvestre won’t be a member of the team for the upcoming 2014 MLS season. That could mean the end of the former French international’s career based on his latest words to the media.

“I can confirm that my time with the Timbers is over but I’m not leaving the city. My family and I are absolutely delighted with Oregon and we are planning to stay here for the foreseeable future so I will be looking for some new opportunities.”

While this could be a very sad end to his career, it was a move the Timbers needed to make. The arrival of players like Norberto Paparatto and Gaston Fernandez filled all the international spots in the roster, and with rumors surrounding the possible arrival of another foreign players – possibly Agustin Pelletieri – a spot needed to be cleared making Silvestre the odd man out in the situation. The French star only participated in a few contests with Portland last season before tearing his ACL.

Silvestre’s presence might be missed on the field as he was a very important piece for the franchise while he was healthy, but it’s the best move for the future. The French defender didn’t have much left in the tank, and Paparatto will be able to replace him properly.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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