Real Salt Lake midfield dynamo Will Johnson has been traded to Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money, a club press release confirmed today.
The Canadian-American-English midfielder was one of the better-paid players at the club, rendering him vulnerable to a cut for salary cap considerations, despite his prominent status at the club.
Johnson scored 10 goals in regular season play since joining Real Salt Lake in the middle of 2008 and was a not inconsiderable factor in the 2009 MLS Cup victory.
He joins Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave as a core player to be traded today, with those two heading to New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money.
The Canadian international is the ninth player to officially leave the club following the end of the season.
Update: A classy quote from Garth Lagerwey in the press release: "Will's arrival in the summer of 2008 was one of the major tipping points in our club's history," Lagerwey said. "RSL truly would not be where it is without Will. We can't thank him enough for helping us establish not only a good team, but also a winning culture. We wish him all the best in Portland."
CONFIRMED OUT: Paulo Jr., Bonfigli, Steele, Reynish, Braun, Espindola, Olave, Muñiz, Johnson
Analysis of today's moves and more to come this evening.