Mid-April 2011 marked the Timbers' first in-season acquisition of the MLS era (DP Diego Chara,
signed April 13), but the team still had two MLS trades ahead, acquiring instant starters LB Mike
Chabala and RB Lovell Palmer in July, and midfielder Eric Alexander in August.
So while worries about the team's defensive performance have already expressed themselves in the
form of two veteran international trialists, why wouldn't the front office be actively pursuing an
MLS trade to upgrade the back line?