SEATTLE - OCTOBER 12: Sanna Nyassi #23 (L) of the Seattle Sounders FC celebrates with Michael Fucito #2 after scoring a goal against Chivas de Guadalajara on October 12, 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders defeated Chivas de Guadalajara 3-1. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
....the Timbers SuperDraft 2nd round pick in 2013 or an international roster slot through December 31, 2013.
Not surprised by the news as Mike Fucito only played 26 minutes with the team and was almost never on the 18-man roster since the game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Fucito has been playing with the Reserve team and was always part of the 1st team practice sessions.
The Seattle Sounders fan favorite came with Lamar Neagle in a trade that saw Eddie Johnson go to Seattle. Its interesting to see that the Portland Timbers are going for another forward but in the same time, Montreal is keeping its options open with a conditional draft pick or an international spot. This could foresee a future international player coming to Montreal this year or next year but it's all speculation from here.
As per return on investment, many might point out to losing another MLS roster player ( Ching-Gate) for a draft pick or international spot, meaning nothing concrete in return..yet.
Nick De Santis confirmed on TVA Sports a few minutes ago that Mike Fucito requested a trade out of Montreal.
The Montreal Impact official press release goes as follows:
MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact acquired a SuperDraft second round pick in 2013 or an international roster slot through December 31, 2013, from the Portland Timbers for forward Mike Fucito. The Impact's acquisition is conditional upon Fucito's performance in 2012. As per Major League Soccer and Impact policy, details of the deal were not disclosed.
"We would like to thank Mike for his commitment to being part of this organization," said Impact head coach Jesse Marsch. "We feel this move will allow us to have flexibility on our roster while investing in our future."
The 26-year-old forward made one appearance for the Impact, playing 26 minutes in the club's first ever game in Vancouver on March 10, as a second half substitute. He also played three Reserve League games.
Fucito was originally acquired by the Impact from the Seattle Sounders on February 17, along with midfielder Lamar Neagle.