Timbers sign Arsenal defender Gilbert

Published Dec. 14, 2010 8:36 a.m. ET

New Major League Soccer side the Portland Timbers have signed English defender Kerrea Gilbert from Arsenal.

Gilbert, 23, has played for Arsenal for five seasons after developing in the English Premier League club's youth system. He was loaned to several English clubs over the course of his career with the team.

The Timbers, who join the MLS next season, also acquired a fourth-round pick from the Houston Dynamo in the 2014 SuperDraft in exchange for defender Jordan Graye.