Timbers swoop for Kimura
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Kosuke Kimura, a 28-year-old Japanese defender who helped the Colorado Rapids win the 2010 Major League Soccer title, was traded to Portland Timbers on Thursday.

Timbers sent Colorado an international roster spot and money in exchange for Kimura, who had spent six seasons with Rapids, scoring four goals in 117 matches, including one goal in 12 starts this season.

Kimura, a native of Kanagawa, became the first Japanese player in Major League Soccer when he was drafted in 2007 by Colorado Rapids.

During Colorado's championship campaign, Kimura set-up three goals and scored the match-winning goal in the play-off semi-finals to send the side past San Jose Earthquakes into the title match, where they beat FC Dallas 2-1.

Kimura was also named the Rapids' 2010 Humanitarian of the Year, recognising his off-field work in the community.