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Nigel Reo-Coker signs with Whitecaps

February 21, 2013
By ESPN.com news services

The Vancouver Whitecaps signed English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker on Thursday.

Reo-Coker, 28, has played for several English Premier league sides, including West Ham, Aston Villa, and Bolton Wanderers.

The Whitecaps sent second-round picks in both the 2014 and 2015 MLS SuperDraft to the Portland Timbers in exchange for the first right of refusal for Reo-Coker.

Also Thursday, the Timbers signed midfielder Michael Nanchoff, adding another player who played for new Portland coach Caleb Porter at the University of Akron.

Last week, the Timbers acquired former Akron midfielder Ben Zemanski from Chivas USA. Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe also played for the Zips.

Nanchoff played the last two seasons with the Whitecaps. He was selected with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.