Eric Brunner Portland Timbers
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Dynamo acquire defender Eric Brunner from Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money

The Houston Dynamo have acquired defender Eric Brunner from the Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money, it was announced today. Per club and league policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“I’ve always liked Eric,” said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear. “I think he is a good center back. He is good in the air and with the ball at his feet and has good pace. He is also good on set pieces. He has done well in the past with Portland and Columbus. I think that next year, with the amount of games we’re playing and tournaments we’re in, and the possibility of losing players to the Gold Cup, I think he is going to be an important part of the team.”

Brunner, 26, has appeared in 84 games in four seasons in Major League Soccer. Brunner (pronounced: “BREW-ner”) made 13 appearances (10 starts) for the Timbers in 2012 and scored one goal. His season was limited due to injuries.

“I am definitely excited to join the Dynamo,” said Brunner. “There is a lot of history in Houston, and it is an honor and a privilege to join a team that has made the MLS Cup the last two years. I am definitely excited to be included in that rich history.”

The 6-foot-4 center back was selected in the first round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls. After a season with Miami FC of the USL First Division, the Dublin, Ohio native signed with the Columbus Crew in 2009. Following two seasons in his home state, Brunner was selected by the Timbers in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft.

Career Statistics (Regular Season)

2012 Portland Timbers 13 10 1 924 0 8 2 4 0 0 0
2011 Portland Timbers 32 31 3 2795 1 17 4 19 0 1 1
2010 Columbus Crew 14 13 1 1145 0 6 2 6 0 2 0
2009 Columbus Crew 25 23 1 2072 1 12 3 20 1 3 0
2008 New York Red Bulls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Totals 84 77 6 6936 2 43 11 49 1 6 1