Expansion teams name technical directors

Within a day of each other, MLS expansion teams Portland and Vancouver have named their technical directors. On Monday, the Timbers appointed Gavin Wilkinson, their general manager and head coach for the past three seasons, while on Tuesday the Whitecaps selected former D.C. United head coach Ton Soehn.

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.
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