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Sporting KC trades fullback Michael Harrington to Portland

Updated: 2012-12-04T06:54:49Z

The Kansas City Star

Sporting Kansas City traded its second-longest tenured member on Monday when the MLS trade window opened, sending fullback Michael Harrington to the Portland Timbers for allocation money.

Harrington, who began his career as an outside midfielder, was Sporting KC’s first-round pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft out of North Carolina and won the team’s rookie of the year honor after scoring three goals with four assists in 29 games, including 27 starts.

Harrington, who has five goals and 14 assists in his career, moved to left back in 2010. He started 128 games among 149 appearances in six seasons with Sporting KC, but found himself squeezed from the starting lineup the last two seasons in place of Seth Sinovic.

Last season, Harrington, who ranks ninth all-time for Sporting KC with 11,633 minutes, played made nine starts among 11 appearances, which were far and away the fewest of his career.

Sporting also waived defender Korede Aiyegbusi, making him available Friday for the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

Aiyegbusi, a defender who was a second-round pick in 2010 from North Carolina State, made nine appearances and two starts during his three seasons with Sporting.

He logged 19 minutes in only appearance of 2012, coming on July 28 to close out a 2-1 loss against the Columbus Crew at Livestrong Sporting Park.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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