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Columbus Crew SC Trade Defender Chris Klute to the Portland Timbers for Allocation Money

The Black & Gold make the team's first move of the offseason.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Less than a week after being defeated by the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup Final, Columbus Crew SC are making deals with the champions.

The Black & Gold announced today that the club had acquired "general allocation money" from the Timbers for defender Chris Klute. Per club and MLS policy, additional details of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We'd like to thank Chris for his contributions to our backline and our club in 2015," head coach Gregg Berhalter said in the press release announcing the deal. "This transaction will provide Chris an opportunity to gain valuable playing time while providing Crew SC with salary cap flexibility for the 2016 campaign."

Klute was acquired in a trade with the Colorado Rapids in advance of the 2015 season. The 25-year old made 14 appearances during his time with Columbus including eight starts.

The Black & Gold announced roster cuts last week including the departure of several players. Crew SC's roster now stands at 20 players.

"There's going to be some movement," Berhalter said of the roster earlier this week. "What I like about it is there is a core group of players that we rely on and that have been solid and that is largely intact, but we want to add to it and improve the quality of the roster."