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Hoban inducted into Timbers' Ring of Honor
March 9th, 2014 5:50PM

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[AWARDS] Mick Hoban, the first player contracted to the Portland Timbers before their inaugural season in the NASL in 1975, was inducted on Saturday into the Portland Timbers' Ring of Honor. Hoban, who has since his playing career had a prominent career in American soccer marketing, became the fifth person honored the Timbers.

Hoban, who was inducted during a special ceremony of Saturday's MLS opener against the Philadelphia Union at Providence Park, joined Timbers NASL greats John Bain, the late Clive Charles, Jimmy Conway and longtime club icon Jim “Timber Jim” Serrill. The Portland Timbers Ring of Honor recognizes standout players and figures in the club’s history who were great contributors both on and off the field.

“Mick Hoban epitomizes the type of excellence the Timbers Ring of Honor recognizes: the highest quality on the field and in the Portland community,” said Timbers Owner and President Merritt Paulson. “Congratulations to Mick on this well deserved honor.”

The English-born Hoban, who earned one cap for the U.S. national team in 1973, joined the Timbers in 1975 following stints with NASL clubs in Atlanta and Denver. He helped foster the development of what has become a hugely popular soccer culture in Portland by serving as the Timbers’ community relations manager.

“This is the highlight of my soccer career,” said Hoban. “I am honored, privileged and humbled by this recognition. I would like to thank all Timbers owners past and present, my former teammates and coaches, my wonderful family and Timbers fans everywhere. I feel thrilled to be counted amongst previous inductees and I look forward to welcoming the next group of inductees. The future of this great club is in great hands and I trust that, one day, the Timbers will take its place amongst the best clubs in the world.”

After retiring in 1978, Hoban was hired by Blue Ribbon Sports (what would later be called Nike) and helped create and guide the company’s soccer business. He later worked as vice president of soccer promotions for Umbro USA from 1988-95 and helped form soccer consulting firm, Soccer Solutions, LLC, with current U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Warren Mersereau.

Mick and his wife of 41 years, Linda, have two children, Sarah and Liam (Adidas Soccer's head of sports marketing), and they all reside in Portland.


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