Within a day of each other, MLS expansion teams Portland and Vancouver have named their technical directors. On Monday, the Timbers appointed Gavin
, their general manager and head coach for the past three seasons, while on Tuesday the Whitecaps selected former D.C. United head coach Ton
Wilkinson, 36, will oversee team-related areas for Portland, including scouting, player acquisition and management, coaching personnel, the club's development team and
various youth programs.
He will continue as the Timbers head coach in 2010, but assistant coach Amos Magee
will assume a larger role on the
coaching staff to allow Wilkinson his dual responsibility for the season.
Soehn, 43, coached D.C. for three seasons, finishing with a 36-30-24 record.
Two of his former
players -- goalie Jay Nolly
and midfielder Justin Moose
-- play for the Caps.
Portland and Vancouver
will be in the U.S. Soccer Division 2 in 2010.