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Portland Timbers sign free agent Ned Grabavoy, add defender Zarek Valentin

MLS veteran Ned Grabavoy played for NYCFC last season.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers have signed free agent midfielder Ned Grabavoy, who played last season with New York City FC,

The 32-year-old Grabavoy is a 12-year MLS veteran. Prior to playing for NYCFC last year for the team's inaugural season, he spent six seasons with Real Salt Lake.

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy as the 14th overall selection in 2004 and has also played for the San Jose Earthquakes and the Columbus Crew.

Also on Tuesday, the Timbers acquired defender Zarek Valentin from the Montreal Impact in exchange for an international roster spot.

Former Impact player Zarek Valentin will return to MLS with the Portland Timbers.

The 24-year-old Valentin played under Timbers coach Caleb Porter at the University of Akron in 2009-10.

Valentin was the second overall pick in the 2011 expansion draft by Montreal. He started in 14 games with the Impact in 2012 before he was loaned to Norwegian team Bodo Glimt.

He played in 55 games with Bodo Glimt over the past three seasons.

Valentin, a Generation Adidas product, was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA, playing in 24 games his rookie season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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