MLS Moves: Paparatto headed to FC Dallas

Argentine defender Norberto Paparatto returned to MLS, joining FC Dallas after it gave Targeted Allocation Money to Portland, which had his right of first refusal after he left the league at the end of the 2015 season..

Paparrato, 32, played 19 games during the 2014 and 2015 seasons for the Timbers and departed during the offseason to join Atletico Rafaela, for which he has played five times. Portland retained his MLS rights by extending him an offer that he rejected.

Paparrato played 119 minutes against FCD in last year’s playoffs during Portland’s run to the 2015 MLS Cup title. Since that triumph, the Timbers have lost defender Nat Borchers to a season-ending ruptured Achilles and had to wait more than a month for English veteran Liam Ridgewell to recover from a hamstring injury.

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On Monday, the Timbers announced they had signed another English defender, Steven Taylor, to shore up the back line. Taylor, 30, played 13 seasons for Newcastle United, including 12 in the Premier League. He is projected to start alongside Ridgewell.

On Tuesday, the Timbers signed Nigerian Gbenga Arokoyo, who played more than 90 matches in Sweden and Turkey. They gave Targeted Allocation Money and a conditional third-round 2017 MLS SuperDraft pick to New York City FC, which had Discovery Priority on the 23-year-old defender.

Portland has also waived defender Anthony Manning, a third-round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft. He never made a first-team appearance. For the Timbers 2 USL team he started 15 games last year and this season went the full 90 minutes in the first two games before an injury sidelined him.

Last year, only Seattle and Vancouver conceded fewer goals than the 39 allowed by the Timbers in 34 games, but so far in 2016 they've conceded 34 goals, the second-most total in the Western Conference.

*MLS Summer Moves:
Chicago Fire
IN: F Michael de Leeuw (Free, FC Groningen)
OUT: F Gilberto (Contract Terminated, Sao Paulo/BRA)
OUT: F Kennedy Igboananike (Trade, D.C. United)

Colorado Rapids
IN: GK Tim Howard (Transfer, Everton/ENG)

Columbus Crew
D Nicolai Naess (Transfer, Stabaek/NOR)
IN: GK Zack Steffen (Transfer, Freiburg/GER)
OUT: M Emil Larsen (Transfer, Lyngby/DEN)

D.C. United
IN: M Lloyd Sam (Trade, NY Red Bulls)
IN: F Patrick Mullins (Trade, New York City)
IN: F Kennedy Igboananike (Trade, Chicago Fire)
OUT: F Fabian Espindola (Trade, Vancouver Whitecaps)
OUT: GK Tally Hall (Retired)

FC Dallas
IN: D Aubrey David (Loan, Saprissa/CRC)
IN: F Getterson (Loan, J. Malucelli/BRA)
IN: D Norberto Paparatto (Transfer, Atletico Rafaela/ARG)
OUT: Alejandro Zendejas (Transfer, Guadalajara/MEX)

Houston Dynamo
IN: M Eric Alexander (Trade, Montreal Impact)
IN: M Yair Arboleda Quinones (Loan, Independiente Santa Fe/COL)
OUT: M David Rocha (Contract terminated, Real Oviedo/SPA)
OUT: M Leonel Miranda (Loan expired, Defensa y Justicia/ARG)
OUT: F Giles Barnes (Trade, Vancouver Whitecaps)

LA Galaxy

Montreal Impact
IN: F Matteo Mancosu (Loan, Bologna/ITA)
IN: D Amadou Dia (Trade, Sporting KC)
IN: M Hernan Bernardello (Free, Alaves/POR)
OUT: F Cameron Porter (Trade, Sporting KC)
OUT: M Eric Alexander (Trade, Houston Dynamo)

New England Revolution

New York City FC
IN: D Maxime Chanot (Transfer, Kortrijk/BEL)
OUT: F Patrick Mullins (Trade, D.C. United)

New York Red Bulls
OUT: M Lloyd Sam (Trade, D.C. United)

Orlando City
IN: D Jose Aja (Loan, Nacional, Uruguay)
OUT: M Adrian Winter (Contract terminated, FC Zurich/SUI)
OUT: F Bryan Rochez (Loan, Real Espana/HON)

Philadelphia Union
IN: M Derrick Jones (Homegrown Signing, Bethlehem Steel FC)
OUT: Vincent Nogueira (Contract terminated, Strasbourg/FRA)

Portland Timbers
IN: D Vytautas Andriuskevicius (Free, Cambuur/NED)
IN: GK Chris Konopka (Free, Ross County/SCO)
IN: D Steven Taylor (Free, Newcastle United/ENG)
IN: D Gbenga Arokoyo (Free, Gaziantepspor/TUR)
OUT: GK Adam Kwarasey (Transfer, Rosenborg/NOR)
OUT: D Anthony Manning (Waived)

Real Salt Lake
IN: F Pedro Baez (Loan, Cerro Porteno/PAR)
OUT: F Devon Sandoval (Loan, Rayo OKC)

San Jose Earthquakes

Seattle Sounders
IN: M Nicolas Lodeiro (Transfer, Boca Juniors/ARG)
IN: M Alvaro Fernandez (Transfer, Gimnasia y Esgrima/ARG)

Sporting KC
IN: M Emmanuel Appiah (Free, Colorado Rapids)
IN: F Cameron Porter (Trade, Montreal Impact)
IN: D Amadou Dia (Trade, Montreal Impact)

Toronto FC
IN: F Tosaint Ricketts (Free, Boluspor/TUR)
OUT: D Damien Perquis (Contract terminated, Nott. Forest/ENG)

Vancouver Whitecaps
IN: D David Edgar (Free, Birmingham City/ENG)
IN: D Marcel de Jong (Free, Sporting KC)
IN: M Alphonso Davies (Homegrown Signing, Whitecaps FC 2)
IN: F Fabian Espindola (Trade, D.C. United)
IN: F Giles Barnes (Trade, Houston Dynamo)
OUT: F Octavio Rivero (Transfer, Colo-Colo/CHI)
OUT: D Sam Adekugbe (Loan, Brighton & Hove Albion/ENG)
OUT: F Fabian Espindola (Transfer, Necaxa/MEX)
*Since opening of summer window.     

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