"International coaching is very cruel. I lost one game in five months, and in the end it wasn't enough. And now I'm a failure and I can't coach and I don't know what I'm doing. But you have to listen to that. It was very humbling, and it hardened me too. To go into a pro environment you have to have thick skin and deal with that. I needed that in some ways to be ready."
Timbers coach Caleb Porter on his stint as coach the 2012 U.S. U-23 national team, which failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics Games. Porter, who coached Akron to an NCAA Division I
title, has led the Timbers, who in 2012 finished second-to-last in the Western Conference, to the MLS semifinals in his first pro season. (SI.com)