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Timbers sends Wallace back to Rapids

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- After acquiring left back Anthony Wallace in the fourth round of the 2010 Expansion Draft on Wednesday, the Portland Timbers traded Wallace back to the MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids for allocation money.

The 21-year-old Wallace started for the Rapids in their MLS Cup triumph on Sunday at BMO Field in Toronto.

Rapids manager Gary Smith refused to part with the young player who joined the Rapids on July 30 from FC Dallas and became the regular left back over the final stretch of the regular season.

“I am really pleased to keep the whole group intact and add a very nice piece to the picture,” he told MLSsoccer.com.

Wallace was the ninth overall pick of FC Dallas in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, playing his first four seasons in the league with the club.

It has been a busy few days for the reigning MLS Cup champs who sent defenders Julien Baudet and Danny Earls to Seattle on Monday in exchange for midfielder Peter Vagenas. Earls lost his starting position at left back to Wallace.

Later on Wednesday the Rapids also acquired Vancouver's first pick in the 2010 Expansion Draft, Sanna Nyassi.