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Portland Timbers GM Wilkinson delighted with squad depth

Gavin Wilkinson is thrilled with the squad depth at Portland Timbers ahead of the 2012 MLS season.

Prior to Monday night's season opener against Philadelphia Union, general manager Wilkinson says the playing roster is in much better shape this term than it was when it finished 12th overall in its debut MLS campaign.

"We have a lot more depth," Wilkinson said. "We have improved the overall quality of the squad and now it's up to the players to perform how we know and think they can perform.

"You start to look at where we've sustained a few injuries; if this would've happened to us last year I think we would've been bare-bones in certain areas. Now, even though there are some unfortunate injuries that we've had to deal with as of late, we still have depth and quality.

"I would prefer that we didn't have as many injuries. I would prefer us to be fully fit and healthy, but right now, based on our depth, we're still doing well. We've got a good group."

And Wilkinson the acquisition of former Rangers star Kris Boyd in the off-season has made things look even better for the Timbers.

"I think Kris Boyd is a good professional, has a great personality. It's like I said with the Colombians (Diego Chara and Jorge Perlaza) last year, we've put ourselves in a good position because we've got good people on board," Wilkinson added.

"With Kris, he's adjusted well; he's blended well into the squad. If he scores goals, he'll be happy and we'll be happy. Right now, we're very happy."

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Andrew Slevison
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