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by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Portland Timbers defender Michael Harrington follows through after making a cross against Seattle.Jan. 24, 1986

Michael Harrington

(age 28)

Harrington is a defender for the MLS Portland Timbers.

He was born on this day in Greenville, N.C.

Harrington, 6-0, 170 pounds, played for the University of North Carolina.

His first MLS season was 2007 with the Kansas City Wizards, who made him the No. 3 overall draft pick that year. After four seasons with the Wizards, he played two years with Sporting Kansas City.

The Timbers acquired him in a Dec. 3, 2012 trade in exchange for allocation money.

In 2013, Harrington started and played in 33 of 34 regular-season games, notching one assist and leading the club in minutes (a career-high 2,951).