Expansion sides pick Lowry, Thorrington

The Chicago Fire parted ways with a pair of central midfielders during Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft.

The Portland Timbers selected Peter Lowry and the Vancouver Whitecaps chose John Thorrington with their final pick.

The 25-year-old Lowry posted two goals in 12 starts and 15 games during the 2010 season. He had a three-goal season in 2009 with the Fire and posted five goals and three assists on the Fire's reserve team in 2008.

In the expansion draft process, once a player is selected, the organization that lost the player is then allowed to protect another on the list. In the Fire's case, defender Dasan Robinson -- highly considered a potential selection in this draft -- was protected following the Lowry pick.

Thorrington had a five-year run with the Fire, but there were plenty of hiccups along the way. Whether it was his two-month-long hamstring injury in 2005 or his lingering quad injury this past year, Thorrington's health always was a concern.

When he was healthy, Thorrington brought some much-needed energy to the pitch. In 2010, Lowry logged only 397 minutes and tallied a goal. During his Fire career, he posted nine goals and two assists in 59 matches. Thorrington had a career-high five goals in 2008.

Portland chose FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty with the first overall pick, followed by Vancouver's selection of Seattle midfielder Sanna Nyassi.