"There is egg on my face in making this decision so soon into our MLS existence. … No question about it. … I don't know if he was surprised by (the decision). This was not a results-driven decision (based) on any one game. … I'm not going to go into details. But we have been having candid discussions with John about concerns for some time."
-- Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson on firing Coach John Spencer, who took the reins when the team joined MLS in 2011. (The Oregonian)