Carolina, Portland and Rochester finalize trade
United Soccer Leagues confirmed a three-team trade Wednesday that saw four players from the Carolina RailHawks, Portland Timbers and Rochester Rhinos switch teams at the midway point of the USL First Division season. Carolina added Rochester's Hamed Diallo, Rochester received Portland's Andrew Gregor and the Timbers brought in Carolina's Jamil Walker and Rochester's Chase Harrison.
The deal, pending USSF approval, will see the players with their new clubs in time for this week's slate of games in USL-1 play.
Hamed Diallo, Rochester to Carolina
Diallo is an experienced forward who played most of his career in Europe. He was a member of the 2000 Ivory Coast national team that participated in the African Cup in Ghana. In his first season in the USL with the Rochester Rhinos in 2007 he was named team MVP and tallied nine goals and two assists in 18 games played. One of his nine goals last season was against the RailHawks when he slotted one past Chris McClellan in stoppage time in Rochester last June. He received French Division 2 striker of the year honors in 1999 with Laval scoring 22 goals and in 2002 with Amiens scoring 20.
"We are extremely excited to have a player of Diallo's ability and quality join the RailHawks," said RailHawks Head coach Scott Schweitzer. "He's an experienced player whose speed will help our attack minded offense. He will give us the ability to be more lethal as we continue our quest for the USL-1 Championship."
Andrew Gregor, Portland to Rochester
Gregor, a midfielder, has 45 career goals and 34 assists (124 points) in eleven USL seasons with Portland and Seattle. In addition, the four-time all-league player has had two stints in Major League Soccer registering four career assists with the Columbus Crew (10 games in 1998) and the Kansas City Wizards (13 games in 2001).
Gregor's career highlights include helping lead the Seattle Sounders to the 2005 USL First Division championship. He also captained the United States to a bronze medal in the 1997 World University Games.
"I am so pleased that he will be joining us" said Rhinos Head Coach Darren Tilley. "He will add another dimension to what we already have with his experience, determination and his will to win."
Chase Harrison, Rochester to Portland
Harrison, 24, joined Rochester last season after playing his rookie season with Real Salt Lake of MLS in 2006. With Rochester in 2007, the Huntington, W.V., native assembled a 7-5-6 record, a 1.28 goals-against average and two shutouts in 18 matches. He has not made an appearance with Rochester this season.
Jamil Walker, Carolina to Portland
Walker, 27, played 334 minutes over 11 matches and tallied one goal and one assist with the RailHawks this season. Prior to joining Carolina, Walker, a native of Pittsford, N.Y., played five seasons in Major League Soccer with the San Jose Earthquakes (2003-04) and D.C. United (2005-07), compiling seven goals and eight assists in 70 matches.
"Through this trade, we receive two quality players with significant experience," said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers head coach and general manager. "Jamil gives us a different approach up top and Chase has proved himself at this level and has the ability to be a No. 1 goalkeeper in this league."