McKenzie, 26, joins the Timbers after making 20 appearances (19 starts) for Chivas USA during the 2012 season, recording one assist. Drafted by the Kansas City Wizards in the fourth round (53rd overall) of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, McKenzie played two seasons in Kansas City before signing with Real Salt Lake in 2010.
A native of Hoffman Estates, Ill., McKenzie spent two seasons with Real Salt Lake (2010-11), appearing in six regular-season matches and making two starts for the club during the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League tournament as Real Salt Lake reached the final against Monterrey of Mexico.
2008: Michigan State product failed to crack Wizards line-up in MLS play during rookie campaign … Selected in fourth round (53rd overall) of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft … Made his professional debut on 7/08 v. Seattle Sounders FC in a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup quarterfinal … Played in all 11 of the Wizards’ MLS Reserve Division contests.
Appeared in 79 contests, making 72 consecutive starts … Scored four goals and had five assists out of the back while helping the Spartans to a pair of NCAA College Cup Tournament appearances … Earned several honors, including All-Big Ten Rookie Team (2004) and All-Big Ten First-Team (2007) accolades as a member of the Spartans’ defense … 2007: Scored two goals and handed out two assists while helping Michigan State gain an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament … Named to All-Big Ten First-Team and Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Season Third-Team … 2006: Started all 19 games ... Scored header v. Ohio State on 11/02 for first goal in an eventual Big Ten Tournament loss … Recorded game-winning assist against Butler on 9/10 … Paced a stingy defense that allowed just 0.75 goals per game … 2005: Started all 19 games ... Recorded a goal and an assist against Wisconsin on 10/30 … Helped lead the Spartan backfielders to allow just 0.83 goals per game … 2004: Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Appeared in all 20 games, starting 13, including each of the last 12 … Assisted on game-winning goal in the Big Ten Championship game against Northwestern on 11/14.
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During his time at Michigan State, would further hone his skills by playing three summers in the USL Premier Development League between the Michigan Bucks (2005-06) and Chicago Fire Premier (2007) … Member of ODP Illinois state team (1999-2002) and ODP Region II Camp (1999-2002) … Helped ODP squad to Regional Championships in 2000 & 2001 and a fourth-place finish at the 2002 National ODP Championships ... A native of the Chicagoland area, grew up playing his club soccer for Chicago Sockers F.C., a nationally prominent youth soccer program based in Palatine, Ill. … Impressive results with Sockers F.C. included the 2004 Jefferson Cup Champions, 2004 Dallas Cup Finalist, and third-place at 2002 National Championship … Also won four straight Illinois State Cup titles from 2001-04.
Born Nov. 19, 1986 … Son of Marc and Donna McKenzie … Was a criminal justice major at Michigan State.