Report: Caleb Porter is leaving the Portland Timbers

Multiple outlets on Thursday night reported that Caleb Porter, who led the Portland Timbers to the 2015 MLS title, has decided to leave the club after five seasons as head coach.

The move comes after the Timbers finished first in the Western Conference in 2017 but lost to the Houston Dynamo in the conference semifinals, losing at home, 2-1, after tying on the road, 0-0.

Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two first reported the story. Jamie Goldberg of the Oregonian followed with confirmation that it was Porter's decision to leave.

Given the level of support from Portland's management and the Timbers' popularity -- they have sold out every game in their seven MLS seasons -- there will be lots of interest in the head coaching job.

The Timbers won MLS Cup 2015 with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew, but it has otherwise been hit or miss for Portland.

The Timbers finished first in the Western Conference in 2013 and 2017 in addition to winning the 2015 postseason championship. They failed to make the playoffs in 2014 and 2016.

In 2017, the Timbers were hit with a spate of injuries as the playoffs hit. They were already without striker Fanendo Adi but lost Sebastian Blanco and David Guzman for the first game against Houston and Diego Chara and Larrys Mabiala for the second game. Early in the second game, Darren Mattocksexited with an injury.



Porter, 42, had an overall record of 68-50-52 during his five years with the Timbers. He came to Portland on 2013 from the University of Akron, which led to the 2010 national championship. The Timbers featured former Zips Darlington Nagbe, Zarek Valentin and Mattocks. He was given a long-term contract extension in January 2016.

Porter, who was also the coach for U.S. under-23 national team that failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, finished the 2017 season as the third longest-serving coach in MLS after Sporting Kansas City's Peter Vermes and D.C. United's Ben Olsen (2010).

There is currently only one vacancy in MLS -- the Colorado Rapids have yet to name a replacement for Pablo Mastroeni -- but two expansion teams expected to be named in mid-December and begin play in 2020 will be looking for a head coach.

8 comments about "Report: Caleb Porter is leaving the Portland Timbers".
  1. Scott Johnson, November 17, 2017 at 3:46 a.m.

    Interesting, very interesting.

    Word is the USMNT job won't be filled until after the World Cup, so where might he be going?  

  2. Kevin Sims, November 17, 2017 at 7:48 a.m.

    Back to college? US soccer role? Maybe has family considerations in play?

  3. Chuck Kerr, November 17, 2017 at 8:14 a.m.

    Family and rest and the USMNT. Please.

  4. I w Nowozeniuk, November 17, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

    He should have unloaded Asprilla et al last season...players who bring little to the table keep logging too many minutes, and why low Soccer IQ  players are signed is incomprehensible.

  5. Amos Annan replied, November 17, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.

    Nonsense... Asprilla added a dynamic and creative presence at wing that caused defensive problems for opponents.

  6. Scott Johnson replied, November 17, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

    I'm not sure how much control Porter had over his roster.  The Timbers, in many ways, act more like a typical North American sports franchise than a European soccer club; and one common attribute of North American pro sports teams is that recruitment of players is generally considered to be outside the scope of the head coach's job.  The General Manager or Director of Player-Personnel, or some other simlar title, is the guy who is chiefly responsible for signing players, running the draft (another North American pro sports quirk), etc.

  7. I w Nowozeniuk, November 17, 2017 at 12:26 p.m.

    Amos A., if you see Asprilla as dynamic, OK, he motors on the pitch. But everything else about him is total mediocrity which questions your interpretation and perceptions of a quality player...what did Asprilla bring to the table???? Causing problems to the opposition player(s) is hollow talk when the end result is meaningless. His one fluke golaso and nothing more is an astonishing evaluation by you. You're one of many that tend to support that ideas on the pitch expressed by a player is of importantance; when in fact it's rubbish compared to execution...ideas only matter when they are executed properly, and Asprilla is a typical MLS hype of physicality and not much else. Players like Asprilla are a burden to the team effort, and they outnumber technical players by a huge margin.

  8. Scott Johnson replied, November 17, 2017 at 2:03 p.m.

    Welcome to MLS.

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