NCAA winner lands in Portland
After a losing 2012 season the Portland Timbers are putting their future in the hands of a college coach who won an N-C-A-A title in 2010.
Tuesday the team introduced Caleb Porter.
Timbers G.M. Gavin Wilkinson actually hired Porter last August. "He's young, he's hungry, he's intelligent, he has a great soccer mind."
Out of loyalty to his college players Porter - once an MLS player - stayed at the University of Akron until they were bumped from the NCAA's in the third round...
"I was spending 12 hours a day figuring out how to put the pieces together. When it got to the point where I figured was ready to come back to Major League Soccer it would have to be the right fit, the right opportunity. The Portland Timbers are that right fit."
The 37 year old Porter wants to build a team that will dominate enough of a game to win. "The team building process has already started for me. Certainly it will ramp up much more once we are able to work with the players. I love teaching the game, selling the vision that we have."
One part of the puzzle is Forward Kris Boyd. The Scotsman was the team's leading scorer in 2012 with seven goals. But Porter admits he may not fit the style of play he and wilkinson want for the team. "Kris Boyd is a player I think will have a hard time playing in the style we want to play. That is no knock on Kris."
Porter also indicated that Darlington Nagbe will have to prove himself as well. Nagbe played for Porter when the Akron Zips won the NCAA national championship in 2010.
One question not asked at the news conference...which Portland brewery will be the first to produce a Caleb Porter...probably depends on how much he wins.