Timbers snap up UC Irvine forward

Another Anteater has made it to Major League Soccer. Spencer Thompson, a three-time All-Big West forward who scored 25 goals with 17 assists in four seasons at UC Irvine, signed Friday with the Portland Timbers.

Portland took Thompson with the No. 2 overall selection in the Jan. 18 supplemental draft.

Thompson, from Akwatukee, Ariz., is one of two UC Irvine products in MLS, along with Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans. Forward Irving Garcia was waived by the New York Red Bulls at the start of March.